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Bluesfest 2022

BLUESFEST RESCHEDULED TO EASTER 2022
FRIDAY 15TH APRIL – MONDAY 18TH APRIL 2022

 

“It is obvious that we cannot present Bluesfest in a safe manner in October, so we have re-scheduled back to our usual timing with dates over the Easter Long Weekend next year; a time we expect things to be returning to normal,” Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM said recently.”

“We are a resilient bunch. We have worked so hard since May 2019 to make Bluesfest happen and, guess what, we are not giving up. We are immensely proud of who we are: we are proud of the Bluesfest name and what that represents, immensely proud, and we are already looking forward to Easter. I thought this decision would be hard to make, but it was the reverse. The safety and protection of our loyal Bluesfesters, our festival staff, our performers, our volunteers, stallholders and suppliers is paramount, and I will not put anyone at risk right now. So the decision to re-schedule was a ‘no-brainer’.”

“Now we concentrate on the future, and it’s a bright future – and the return of Bluesfest over four days next Easter: FRIDAY 15TH APRIL – MONDAY 18TH APRIL 2022.

PLUS … we are working on something special for Thursday 14th April. I am confident that, by the end of this year, Australia will have achieved at least a 70-80% vaccination rate and will have achieved at least ‘Stage Three’ in the plan to open up the whole country.

Lockdowns will be consigned to history. Perhaps we may even see international artists returning. IF THEY CAN COME WE WILL BE PRESENTING THEM! ”

“Almost all the October 2021 artists will return for Easter: MIDNIGHT OIL, PAUL KELLY, JIMMY BARNES, PETE MURRAY, KASEY CHAMBERS, JOHN BUTLER, XAVIER RUDD and all of your Bluesfest favourites will be back to play over the Easter Long Weekend. Only two or three can’t make it. It’s great to be adding FAT FREDDY’S DROP, JOSH TESKEY & ASH GRUNWALD, JOHN WILLIAMSON, C.W. STONEKING, and the return of ROCKWIZ LIVE next Easter: the first of dozens of artists we are adding to celebrate, including more of the biggest and best artists this part of the world has to offer, with many Blues & Roots artists added too.”

“In the meantime, I do ask and urge every ticket holder to hold on to their October ticket – and roll it over to Easter. I promise you will not be disappointed. As soon as this outbreak is over and we are out of lockdown safely, then I will be announcing the incredible new names joining our line-up, and then you can make an informed decision. Rest assured, we will continue to offer refunds until after the new artist announcement.”

“We will return and when we do it will be the greatest Bluesfest atmosphere you have been part of, with easily THE STRONGEST BILL OF AUSSIE AND KIWI TALENT EVER SEEN IN THIS COUNTRY.”

“After all – its only 35 weeks to Easter – LET’S GO TEAM !!”
PETER NOBLE OAM
CHAIRMAN, BLUESFEST GROUP OF COMPANIES

SNAPSHOT BIOS OF NEWLY ADDED ARTISTS

RocKwiz Live!
ROCKWIZ LIVE! The fabulous live show born of the cult TV hit show, RocKwiz returns to the mighty Jambalaya stage. Julia, Brian, Dugald and the sublime RocKwiz Orkestra will bring all the madness and mayhem of the RocKwiz world to the Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2022.Featuring all the crowd favourites and a collection of very special guests. Get your Bluesfest day off to a great start with ROCKWIZ LIVE!

Fat Freddy’s Drop
Fat Freddy’s Drop is internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws. The seven-piece band has navigated its way from the incubator of sunshine reggae through a colour-saturated field of soul psychedelia before swerving onto a desolate Detroit superhighway at night. It is a sound that demands to be heard live, a potent mixture of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics.
These influences have not only been formed by the band’s individual predilections, but also experiences on the road, clocking more than 500 appearances in Europe, 33 Australian Tours and over 300 shows in their homeland with sellout mayhem ensuing at Zitadelle and Columbiahalle (Berlin), Alexandra Palace and Brixton Academy (London), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Vega  (Copenhagen), The Coliseum (Lisbon), Henry Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles), Sydney Opera House, and Le Zenith (Paris). For Fat Freddy’s Drop it’s about the long game, a path that has come about by careful stylistic evolution, ever increasing production values and a heavyweight live reputation. They may have been around since the early Noughties, but they are truly the most modern of institutions.

John Williamson
Australian icon, John Williamson, will celebrates his 51st anniversary in the music industry this year. Like a dust-covered road train traversing this country, his songs capture the beauty of the landscape and its people and, sometimes, the heartbreak of life Down Under, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos.  With his honours including the ARIA Hall of Fame, an Order of Australia, 28 Golden Guitar Awards, Australian Roll of Renown induction, not to mention over 5 million albums sold and thousands of shows performed, John Williamson will be scaling back his live performances at the end of his “Winding Back Tour”. Perhaps John’s greatest legacy is making Australians proud of their country and of who they are. So, don’t miss him, True Blue himself, at Bluesfest next Easter.

C.W. Stoneking
C.W. Stoneking is an artist for whom ‘unexpected’ is probably the default setting. How else to describe such a fine purveyor of American roots music who also happens to be a towering, youthful-faced white Australian man? He surprises first-time listeners, throws curveballs at long-time fans, and everything he does contains at least some background level of bafflement for all involved.
It’s probably easiest to describe him as a ‘blues artist,’ but the term disguises what makes his music special. There’s so much in there. A 1920s pre-war blues sound is key, but there’s almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he’s lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock’n’roll and gospel. His gift is that he brings them all together without anything sounding out of place. He finds the strands that connect all of these different styles and gently braids them together. C.W. has been nominated twice for the prestigious Australian Music Prize, scored a couple of ARIA and AIR awards, voiced a cartoon character, and was most recently heard on Jack White’s album ‘Boarding House Reach’ – what’s next? Who really knows – all that can really be certain is that it won’t be what you’re expecting.

Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald
Last year, two local Blues powerhouses Josh Teskey (lead singer, The Teskey Brothers) and Ash Grunwald teamed up and created an album born out of mutual love for the blues and genuine appreciation for each other’s talents. Released last November, “Push The Blues Away” allowed these two captivating vocalists to cast off the weight of expectation and revel in music’s most simple pleasures. Renowned as one of Australia’s finest live performers, Ash Grunwald released his critically acclaimed new album “MOJO” along with his first book, “Surf By Day, Jam By Night” whilst The Teskey Brothers followed up their ARIA Award-winning and Grammy nominated second album “Run Home Slow” with the 2020 release of “Live At Forum”, earning them their first ARIA chart #1, and an ARIA Award for Best Blues & Roots Album.

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Bluesfest will take place over 4 days from Friday 15th April to Monday 18th April 2022 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

All ticket options plus camping, parking and VIP are on sale now via the Bluesfest website.

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About Bluesfest Byron Bay  
Showcasing an All-Aussie (with some special guests from NZ) music bill in Byron Bay, Bluesfest is Australia’s most awarded music festival, and was recently nominated as ‘Best festival of the Decade’ by industry bible, Pollstar. From the humble beginnings in 1990 the festival now takes place at the beautiful Byron Events Farm (formerly the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm), regularly attracting an audience of over 100,000.  Located just 10 minutes north of Byron Bay, NSW, Australia, Bluesfest is well situated and surrounded by the charming village of Mullumbimby and the beach towns of Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. Best festival vibes ever!

Our magnificent ALL-AUSSIE (with special guests from NZ) Bluesfest 2022 line-up:

MIDNIGHT OIL     PAUL KELLY     JIMMY BARNES
FAT FRERDDY’S DROP    JOHN BUTLER     XAVIER RUDD     PETE MURRAY    IAN MOSS     KATE CEBERANO     KASEY CHAMBERS    THE WAIFS     THE CHURCH     JON STEVENS     THE LIVING END
MARK SEYMOUR & THE UNDERTOW     THE ANGELS     RUSSELL MORRIS     KATE MILLER-HEIDKE     VIKA & LINDA     ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS     ROSS WILSON and THE PEACENIKS     JOHN WILLIAMSON
TROY CASSAR-DALEY     BRIGGS     TEX PERKINS THE MAN IN BLACK     HIATUS KAIYOTE     JOSH TESKEY & ASH GRUNWALD      WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING     THE BLACK SORROWS     CW STONEKING
THE BAMBOOS     CHAIN     BACKSLIDERS     ASH GRUNWALD     MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
JEFF LANG     NATHAN CAVALERI      KIM CHURCHILL    HENRY WAGONS     JK-47     GARRETT KATO     MAMA KIN SPENDER     DAMI IM      PIERCE BROTHERS     EMILY WURRAMARA     THE BUCKLEYS
FIONA BOYES & THE FORTUNE TELLERS    RAY BEADLE
PACEY, KING & DOLEY     MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION     HUSSY HICKS     ROSHANI     DANIEL CHAMPAGNE     LITTLE GEORGIA     LAMBROS.     ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS     THE REGIME
ELECTRIK LEMONADE     PALM VALLEY
BYRON BUSKING COMPETITION     ROCKWIZ LIVE

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***Update as at 29 September 2021***

SEVEN MORE POWERHOUSE NAMES ADDED TO BLUESFEST

SIX60
HOODOO GURUS
BAKER BOY
RENEE GEYER
SAM TESKEY
KARA GRAINGER
JEFF MARTIN PLAYS THE SONGS OF LED ZEPPELIN

 

Bluesfest will take place over 4 days from Friday 15th April to Monday 18th April 2022 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

All ticket options plus camping, parking and VIP are on sale now via the Bluesfest website.

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***Update as at 12 October 2021***

MORE ARTISTS ADDED

AMY SHARK
CASEY BARNES
STAN WALKER
KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS
LACHY DOLEY & THE HORNS OF CONVICTION
LISA HUNT’S FOREVER SOUL
GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS
HAT FITZ & CARA

This morning Bluesfest is excited to announce that, as NSW opens, we are adding another EIGHT AWESOME ARTISTS to the already amazing line-up.  Organisers have now announced 82 artists who, between them, will perform over 130 shows across the days. And hold tight …. There’s more to come.

AMY SHARK is a super talent who is exploding across the world. She’s a multi-award winner (8 ARIA’s from 22 nominations, 4 APRA Awards from 10 nominations and the AWMA Breakthrough Artist Award) and a formidable songwriter. Amy’s latest album, ‘Cry Forever’, sees her teaming up with blink-182’s Travis Barker on the gold-accredited single ‘C’MON’ and global superstar Ed Sheeran to co-write platinum single ‘Love Songs Ain’t For Us’ featuring Grammy award winning artist Keith Urban. Welcome to Bluesfest, Amy.

Australia’s newest country-rock superstar, CASEY BARNES, also makes his Bluesfest debut next Easter. His undeniable talent, paired with iconic foot-stomping performances, and his happy-go-lucky attitude have all attributed to his ongoing success in Australia and abroad. His latest country energetic single ‘Come Turn Me On’ awarded him his fourth consecutive single within the last 8 months to hit #1 on both the Global Country Music Network Charts and the Air 100% Independent Singles Charts. He’s a powerhouse and his high-octane live show is not to be missed.

15 years ago, a young STAN WALKER played Bluesfest as part of our High School Showcase. Now the Trans-Tasman pop R&B star returns for the first time in his own right. He says it all:  “I grew up in Byron, a wonderful heaven on earth. Every year mum and dad would go to Bluesfest. We love soul and blues. First year I went I was gob-smacked; this was musical heaven on earth. Mum poked me and said: “Son – forget Billboard – forget Grammy’s – I will know you have made it as an artist when you are on the Bluesfest stage”. Dream big right! I knew that as a boy from the wrong end of town that was unlikely. Well Mum you are my plus one for April 15th”. He’s a multi-award winner (7 wins from 25 nominations) and this week added 2 more Waiata Māori Music Awards!

KEVIN BORICH has been thrilling audiences with his dynamic Rock, Blues and Funk … and blistering boogie, ever since he came over the Tasman with the La De Das and their anthemic ‘Gonna See My Baby Tonight’. He has been lauded globally for his guitar virtuosity and has shared the stage with the greats: Santana, Bo Diddley, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), Joe Walsh, John Mayall, Taj Mahal, and has opened shows for Elton John, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton. Together with his ‘A Team’ Express, Jon Carson (drums, vocals) and Chris Gilbert (bass, vocals), the KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS leave audiences wondering just how 3 performers can create such inescapable sounds, mixing Rock, Blues & Funk. You’d better see for yourself at Easter.

LACHY DOLEY is omni-present at Bluesfest: he is the go-to keyboard wizard for many top Australian artists. In between touring and sessions for others he fronts The Lachy Doley Group. His latest album ‘Studios 301 Sessions’ debuted at #1 on the ARIA Jazz & Blues Albums Chart. This time at Bluesfest Lachy Doley has taken his festival-adored Hammond Organ power trio THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP and supercharged it with an electric 4-piece horn section, 2 amazing backing singers and some screaming blues guitar to create … LACHY DOLEY AND THE HORNS OF CONVICTION. All the soul and energy of the power trio but with whole lot more class, more excitement, and more power.

LISA HUNT is one of our ‘almost’ local stars with an incredible loyal following. Former Byron Bay and now Gold Coast resident, New York born Lisa Hunt has sold over a million records and shared stages with the likes of Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Miles Davis, Dionne Warwick and Zucchero, with whom she worked as featured vocalist for many years. Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul, a Rhythm and Blues Retrospective, comes to Bluesfest next Easter.

For the real traditional Blues lover, you can’t go past GEOFF ACHISON AND THE SOUL-DIGGERS. Geoff and his top-shelf band have been dishing out the Blues across the globe for the last 30 or so years and we are happy to have him back playing Bluesfest.

HAT FITZ & CARA.
Fitz has played at more than half our total Bluesfests and with his powerhouse drummer, vocalist (and wife) Cara they have rocked our stages several times in this past decade. Classed as Convict Rhythm and Roots they are among Australia’s most talented roots music artists; with Fitzy’s weathered vocals and soaring, blues-soaked guitar combined with Cara’s pounding drums and soulful honey coated voice. They are a real treat to see – don’t miss this ‘dynamic duo’.

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