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Bluesfest Has Added Another 19 Artists to Its Packed 2019 Lineup

Time to start making Easter long weekend plans.
By Lauren Vadnjal
October 10, 2018
By Lauren Vadnjal
October 10, 2018

Bluesfest has lifted the lid on its second artist announcement for 2019, adding 19 more names to the festival's already hefty 30th anniversary lineup. Heading this latest stampede is music legend Paul Kelly. He'll be hitting the five-day Easter long weekend festival just out of Byron after touring the country for his pre-Christmas show Making Gravy  (which has sold out in most cities).

More second announcement names include Irish singer Hozier, chart-topping UK artist David Gray and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples — who, fittingly, co-wrote and sang on Hozier's last hit single 'Nina Cried Power'. They'll place alongside two huge headliners: Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, who will play with his band The Innocent Criminals. Both artists will be performing exclusively at Bluesfest, with Johnson making his third appearance at the festival after first appearing in 2001 and again in 2014. S

Other acts taking to the stage at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over the weekend include Aussies Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton, six-piece soul band St. Paul and The Broken Bones and Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy. American singer and record producer George Clinton will perform one of his last live shows ever, before retiring in May, alongside his funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic.

Anyway, here's the full lineup (so far). Better start making Easter plans because tickets are already selling fast.


Paul Kelly
David Gray
Julia Stone
Gary Clark Jr.
Mavis Staples
Flogging Molly
Meshell Ndegeocello
Ruthie Foster
Shakey Graves
Anderson East
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish
The War and Treaty
Mojo Juju
Caiti Baker
Deva Mahal
Melody Angel
Hussy Hicks


Jack Johnson
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Ray Lamontagne
George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
Snarky Puppy
Kasey Chambers
St Paul and The Broken Bones
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Tommy Emmanuel
Colin Hay
Arlo Guthrie
Keb' Mo'
Tex Perkins
Allen Stone
Richard Clapton
Russell Morris
Kurt Vile and The Violators
Vintage Trouble
The Black Sorrows
The California Honeydrops
Trevor Hall
I'm With Her
Larkin Poe
Irish Mythen
Elephant Sessions
Greensky Blugrass
Rockwiz Live

+ more to be announced.

Bluesfest 2019 will run April 18 to April 22 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay. More details and ticket info here.

Image: Cybele Malinowski and Joseph Mayers. 

Published on October 10, 2018 by Lauren Vadnjal

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