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The Thredbo Blues Festival is back in 2017 for its 23rd year with another amazing program of exceptional Australian and International blues players getting up close and personal in a music festival like no other. With intimate bars and restaurants, spectacular outdoor venues and the whole of Thredbo Village given over to the blues, Thredbo has an atmosphere that musicians and blues fans love.

The Thredbo Blues Festival began in 1992 as the Thredbo Blues and Country Music Festival. Organised by volunteers from the Thredbo Business Community the objective of the event was to bring a party to Thredbo in the summer season and introduce new visitors to the delights of Thredbo in Summer. Twenty-Three years on and Thredbo Blues is going strong. It has carved a niche as one of the countries longest running festivals, adored by blues fans and musicians alike for its friendly feel with small intimate venues and plenty of opportunity to get up close personal with some of Australia’s best blues performers.

This year’s line-up includes; 19-Twenty who have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. They are manic. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band….

…. Chase The Sun, the Australian heavyweight champions of Blues-rock shred have roots planted in the blues scene but have been letting their love of rock and roll fully hang out since forming in 2007. Crowd favourites at festivals all over the country, Chase The Sun infuse their take on the blues with loud guitar, blazing hard funk and a cranking 70’s southern rock feel….

…. Kevin Borich with his three-piece Band The Express. Kevin is an iconic Australian Guitarist who’s music appeals to most ages across the board. Kevin plays his first set with a 1930’s National Acoustic guitar followed by his Electric guitars in the second set showing versatility in musical style….

…. Pete Cornelius grew up as far away from the Delta heartland as is almost humanly possible. He’s never picked cotton, never hitched a ride on a freight train, nor traded with the Devil. Not knowingly, anyway. Yet the 32-year-old Tasmanian is one of the most experienced young bluesman in the country, with more live shows and festival appearances, album releases and awards under his belt than most performers twice his age ….

Plus so many more of Australia’s finest Blues players!

Park your car for the weekend, relax and enjoy the Thredbo Blues 2017.