Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Tash Sultana and Jimmy Barnes Headline Bluesfest's October Lineup
The four-day lineup also features Ocean Alley, Ziggy Alberts, Xavier Rudd, Kate Ceberano, The Church, Briggs and Kate Miller-Heidke.
After being cancelled just days out from its usual Easter slot, then postponed to October, Bluesfest has announced its new 2021 lineup. The festival's first event in more than two years will once again take over Byron Events Farm (formerly Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm) just outside Byron Bay. And, on- and off-stage, it won't be lacking in company.
Leading the bill between Friday, October 1–Monday, October 4: Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Tash Sultana and Jimmy Barnes. They'll each headline a different night of the now four-day fest, and will be joined by a lengthy list of familiar homegrown names. Ocean Alley and Ziggy Alberts will also be taking to the stage, as will everyone from Xavier Rudd, Kate Ceberano and The Church to Barnes' Cold Chisel bandmate Ian Moss, Briggs and Kate Miller-Heidke.
A number of the newly announced acts were initially due to play at the festival in April, until a COVID-19 outbreak saw NSW Health sign a public health order to cancel the event. This is the second year that Bluesfest has been forced to adapt its plans, after its 2020 fest was completely scrapped due to the pandemic.
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Season tickets to the rescheduled 2021 festival will go on sale at 9am on Thursday, May 20, with one- and three-day passes set to follow at a yet-to-be-announced date. Folks with tickets for the April festival will be contacted by Moshtix with all the necessary information about the new dates, rolling your existing tickets over and getting a refund if you can no longer attend.
BLUESFEST OCTOBER 2021 LINEUP:
The Cat Empire
Mark Seymour & The Undertow
The Living End
Ross Wilson And The Peaceniks
Tex Perkins The Man In Black
Weddings Parties Anything
The Black Sorrows
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Vika & Linda
Mick Thomas' Roving Commission
Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers
Pacey, King & Doley
All Our Exes Live in Texas
Round Mountain Girls
Byron Busking Competition
Bluesfest 2021 will now run from Friday, October 1–Monday, October 4 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay. Season passes will go on sale at 9am on Thursday, May 20, with one- and three-day passes set to follow at a yet-to-be-announced date. For further information, head to the Bluesfest website.
Top image: Andy Fraser
Published on May 19, 2021 by Sarah Ward