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Bluesfest is back again with new October date featuring Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly & More

19 May 2021 | 9:49 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

After its final hour cancellation following a single case of COVID19 in the Byron Shire area, Bluesfest has locked in a new October date

After its final hour cancellation on Easter Weekend following a single case of COVID19 in the Byron Shire area, Bluesfest has locked in a new October date, running between Friday the 1st and Monday the 4th.

The four day event will be headlined by some of Australia's biggest acts, including new acts Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly alongside previously performing headliners Tash Sultana and Jimmy Barnes. On the new announce, festival runner Peter Noble stated “Who would have thought after the cancellation of Bluesfest last Easter by a Public Health Order, less than 24 hours before our gates were due to open, due to one local case of transmission, that sent shockwaves through our industry, and traumatised everyone who had been working on presenting Bluesfest at Easter, that six weeks later we would be announcing our re-scheduled festival, and a week later, today our artists.”

He also confirmed that “almost all the artists due to play at Easter will return to play”.

Bluesfest 2021 - October 1st - 4th. Event info here

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Full Lineup:

Midnight Oil

Paul Kelly

Tash Sultana

Jimmy Barnes

Ocean Alley

Ziggy Alberts

John Butler

Xavier Rudd

The Cat Empire

Pete Murray

Mark Seymour & The Undertow

Kate Ceberano

Kasey Chambers

The Waifs

The Church

Jon Stevens

Ian Moss

The Living End

The Angels

Ross Wilson And The Peaceniks

Russell Morris

Troy Cassar-Daley


Tex Perkins

The Man In Black

Hiatus Kaiyote

Kate Miller-Heidke

Weddings Parties Anything

The Black Sorrows

The Bamboos



Ash Grunwald

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Vika & Linda

Jeff Lang

Nathan Cavaleri

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission

Kim Churchill

Henry Wagons


Garrett Kato

Mama Kin Spender

Dami Im

Pierce Brothers

Emily Wurramara

The Buckleys

Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers

Ray Beadle

Pacey, King & Doley

All Our Exes Live In Texas

Hussy Hicks


Declan Kelly

Daniel Champagne

Little Georgia


Round Mountain Girls

The Regime

Electric Lemonade

Palm Valley

Byron Busking Competition

+ more TBA

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