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Bluesfest 2021 announces huge lineup including Bon Iver, Patti Smith, Jimmy Barnes, more

Open your calendars up to April 2021, because Byron Bay Bluesfest is back!

If you were impressed by the lineup Bluesfest had originally put together for their 2020 dates, then you are going to be absolutely blown away by what they have pulled together for Bluesfest 2021.

In the largest-ever first announcement Bluesfest have ever released, the festival has locked in a stack of favourites intended for this year’s event as well as some added Australian and international talent to get fans extra excited.

A total of 50 artists have been revealed including Patti Smith and her Band, George Benson, The Cat Empire, Kool & The Gang, The Gipsy Kings, Kasey Chambers, The Wailers, Tori Kelly, and a stack more.

Of the new additions to the top end of the bill is American indie-folk artist Bon IverAussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes, festival favourite Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Australia’s fastest rising stars The Teskey Brothers.

Blues rockers The Black Sorrows, party gang Melbourne Ska Orchestra, and, in their first show since 2012, an exclusive performance by Weddings Parties Anything complete the new lineup additions in this topnotch first announcement.

Bluesfest 2021 Lineup:

Bon Iver | Patti Smith And Her Band | Jimmy Barnes
George Benson | The Teskey Brothers | John Butler
Xavier Rudd | The Cat Empire | Kool & The Gang
The Gipsy Kings | Kasey Chambers | The Waifs
Troy Cassar-Daley | Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Wailers Perform Songs From ‘Legend’ | LP | Morcheeba
The Black Sorrows | Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Tori Kelly | Buffy Sainte-Marie | The Marcus King Band
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram | Jimmie Vaughan | John Mayall
Melbourne Ska Orchestra | Chain | Larkin Poe
Weddings, Parties, Anything | Backsliders | Harts Plays Hendrix
Ash Grunwald | The War & Treaty | Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
Walter Trout | The Bamboos | Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Dami Im | Pierce Brothers | Emily Wurramara | Roshani | Ray Beadle
Henry Wagons | Hussy Hicks | Pacey, King & Doley | Daniel Champagne
Nathan Cavaleri | Little Georgia
Bluesfest Busking Competition & Winners | The Australian Americana Music Honours

I am so grateful to all the international artists who want to return and be a part of 2021 Bluesfest, to all the Australian artists and to everyone in our industry supporting us in leading the way back to live music. Above all my thanks go to the resilient Bluesfest team who have been dedicated through what has been the hardest time yet we have experienced in presenting a music festival,” Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM says of the announcement.

“Bluesfest 2021 will be much more than the music on stage and the wonderful audience along with all those who present it. It will be an integral part of the return of the live music industry.”

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2021 will transform Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from Thursday 1 April until Monday 5 April 2021. Tickets are on sale now.

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