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Bluesfest Music Festival

Bluesfest is Australia's' largest and most prestigious Blues and Roots Music Festival. It features legends of the music industry and showcases rising stars. Based in the sun kissed Northern Rivers Region of NSW, the festival has found its home at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 15 mins north of the glistening beaches of Byron Bay. Over 5 days of the Easter long weekend, a schedule of international and local artists appear on stages large and small. Onsite camping facilities are available and there is devilishly delightful delicacies to devour in the food marquees. Local artisans offer their trinkets, eclectic wares and healing hands in market stalls.

Secure your tickets well in advance, as many days sell out, due to the impressive line ups and a loyal following of Bluesfest fans.

Along with many Blues Industry legends, past Bluesfest artists have included, Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Santana, Doobie Bros, Rodriguez, John Fogarty, Joan Armatrading to name just a few. You'll always be surprised who you'll stumble upon and be inspired by, as you take your Bluesfest journey. Sweet Dreams are made of this....

For a birds eye view of the impressive Bluesfest site click here to be amazed..

29th Bluesfest 2018

Bluesfest has blessed us with another exhilarating line up for 2018. Hold on to your socks for some amazing headline acts, such as: International superstar and croon doctor- Grammy Award winning Lionel Richie

Legendary Robert Plant from Led Zepplin

Rekindling of rack pack standards with powerhouse vocalist Seal,

Iconic Jackson Browne of Running on Empty fame.

Wanna see extraordinary women performers? Well here's a taster: American music icon Sheryl Crow,

smokey vocalist of blues and modern rock Melissa Etheridge,

and home grown wonder woman Tash Sultana.'s one tip you're gonna thank me for. Reminiscent of James Brown or Michael Jackson, performer extraordinaire Ziek McCarter fronts the soulful group Con Brio. You've just gotta see it.

The whole set. Believe me.

There's plenty of Bluesfest favourites returning to the stages, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, John Bulter Trio, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Original Blues Brothers Band and some incredible indigenous acts from Yirrmal, and Narsirto. But thats not all, there's plenty more with your new favourite artist just waiting to be discovered on your 2018 Bluesfest journey.

28th Bluesfest 2017

13th to 17th April

Bluesfest 2017 will be blessed again with music royalty. Expect inspiring performances from Santana, Mary J Blige, Neil Finn, The Doobie Brothers, Ricky Lee Jones, Buddy Guy and more.

Dont miss St Paul and the Broken Bones and Vintage Trouble who stunned audiences last year. The incomparable Soul Rebels will have us dancing our heels off. Its shaping up to be the best Bluesfest ever. 

27th Bluesfest 2016

24th March 28th March

An unbelieveable line up is emerging for Bluesfest 2016. Headline acts include the legendary Tom Jones, now that's unusual.., Brian Wilson [Beach Boys hits and "God only knows"], Grammy Award winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, UB40, Jackson Browne [The Road], Melissa Etheridge,The Wailers, The Cat Empire, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds and heaps more of amazing talent.

Bluesfest will also be hosting the Boomerang Festival dedicated to indigenous performance. More...

See some amazing photos and wrap up on 2016 on our Bluesfest Review

Jackson Browne

26th Bluesfest 2015

Clip of Day 1 at Bluesfest

Click here for Bluesfest Review and fabulous Bluesfest photos from Anthony Moulay and Mary MacKenzie.....

Chris Robinson

from Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Jambalaya

Nicki Hill

at Crossroad

David Gray

at Crossroads

This year is set to be one of Bluesfest biggest and best celebration of Blues music, complimented with some of the worlds best performers in a mix of genres to suit all tastes.

Festival will be held over the Easter Weekend.

Thursday 2nd April till Monday 6th April 2015

The line up includes, The Waterboys, Mavis Staples, Jimmy Cliff, Gipsy Kings, Tony Joe White, The Black Keys, Ben Harper, Michael Franti and the Spearheads, Paul Kelly, David Gray, Angelique Kidjo and many more.

Angelique Kidjo

Counting Crows

Jimmy Cliff

many rivers to cross

Mavis Staples

25th Bluesfest 2014

Click here for Review of 25th Annual Bluesfest

Bluesfest Review

Illustrious performers captured on film by Anthony Moulay, AV Images

Illustrious performers captured on film by Anthony Moulay, AV Images

Arakwal Welcoming Ceremony

Bluesfest first day

Arakwal Welcoming Ceremony

Respect to the Bundjalung Nation

Thanks to Michael Krilich for capturing these special moments, below,

at Bluesfest 2014

Whos's back to rock to Blues stage, Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Kasey

Chambers, Jack Johnson, John Butler Trio,

Whos new: John Mayer, Doobie Brothers, Boz Scagg, The Wailers, Morcheeba..

many more to come...

"Woo oooh wooo Listen to the Music.., Woo oooh woo Listen to the music" ..."here comes the Doobie Bros

The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band. The band has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their career. The group was inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004

The 24th Annual Byron Bay Blues Festival

BLUESFEST takes place over the Easter Long Weekend, Thursday 28 March – Monday 1 April 2013 at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Tyagarah, Byron Bay , NSW, 2481, Australia

Paul Simon, multi-award and 12 time Grammy winner, has today been added to the supreme Bluesfest line-up of 2013.

Paul Simon will be performing at Bluesfest on Easter Monday but there is more! Festival goers are in for a double treat: Taking the stage before Paul Simon will be the hugely gifted Canadian singer/songwriter & composer Rufus Wainwright.

Iggy Pop


rainy day

Blues Festival 2013


Blues Fest 2013

Thanks Big Kahuna, for photos



Rodriguez costume change

The 23rd Annual Byron Bay Blues Festival

Just in..Blues Festival 2012 shots from Ian Waite.

Thanks Ian for the beautiful Blues Fest photos

Thanks for Sean and Andi for their Blues Fest Pics below..

Thanks to Carly for Ja Joint photos, fabulous Jamaican Cuisine, featured at the Blues Festival

The Ja Joint provides Authentic Jamaican Cuisine to Australians. Our speciality is 24 hour 'Jerk Chicken Rice N Peas, with tangy slaw' and 'Jamaican Vegan Curry'

The Ja Joint

The Ja Joint

Feast at the Byron Blues Festival at the Ja Joint

The Ja Joint

Byron Blues Fest Food

Thanks to Elle Hayter for her great pics of Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot

The 22nd Annual Byron Bay Blues Festival

BB Kings memorable performance at Bluesfest was astounding. Such a unique and gifted performer, whose passion for the...

Posted by Byron Bay VIP Travel on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Grace Jones, too many great shots to choose from, she needs her own space...

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