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Bluesfest 2022

For the first time since 2019, Byron Bay's beloved blues and roots festival returns — spanning five days, 170-plus performances, and over 70 food and market stalls.
By Joe Rivers and Sarah Ward
March 23, 2022
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By Joe Rivers and Sarah Ward
March 23, 2022
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Byron Bay Bluesfest returns for the first time since 2019 over the Easter long weekend with more than 170 performances. With international borders reopening, festival organisers have secured a stellar lineup of musicians from home and abroad. There are local draws like Midnight Oil, Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, The Teskey Brothers, Amy Shark, Briggs and Hiatus Kaiyote, as well as the final performance of The Cat Empire with the original lineup. 

Plus, get excited for international stars such as George Benson, Morcheeba, The Wailers and Amadou & Mariam. The numbers tell their own story — five days, 170-plus performances, and over 70 food and market stalls mean that Bluesfest has more than enough to keep you entertained and make sure your trip north was well worth the drive.

Marking its return in a big way, this year's Bluesfest runs from Thursday, April 14–Monday, April 18 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm.

And if you're wondering who else is on the huge bill, other acts include John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray, Ian Moss, Mark Seymour & The Undertow, Kate Ceberano, Kasey Chambers, The Waifs, The Church and Kate Miller-Heidke — as well as Fat Freddy's Drop, Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald, John Williamson, CW Stoneking, The Tea Party's Jeff Martin playing the songs of Led Zeppelin and Rockwiz Live.

Joseph Mayers

Top image: Andy Fraser

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