For all those heading North for Bluesfest, it’s time to get the highlighters out and start planning your Easter long weekend at Byron. Bluesfest has released their 2019 daily playing schedule, this is always an exciting time for Bluesfest Tragics like myself and the tens of thousands of others that make the yearly pilgrimage to Australia’s premier music festival.
The Bluesfest crew have also revealed more incredible artists who will be joining the festivals already massive lineup joining the likes of Jack Johnson, Iggy Pop, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Paul Kelly, The Saboteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence & Patrick Keeler), Tash Sultana, Hozier, David Gray, Ray LaMontagne, Norah Jones, Julia Stone, Kasey Chambers and MANY MORE are: Playing for Change -Clarence Bekker Band – Ward Thomas – Glenn Cardier and The Sideshow – Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf – Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura – Lucy Gallant – Sametime – Nocturnal Syndrome, Plus over 70 more acts across five stages, over five days!
Commenting on the release and complete line-up for Bluesfest’s 30th Anniversary, Festival Director Peter Noble OAM said “As Bluesfest approaches a sell out over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be thousands of ticket buyers attempting to fit in all the artists they want to see today as Bluesfest announces its highly anticipated playing schedule for our 30th Anniversary festival. It’s perhaps our most heavily booked event so far. It will be a 12-hour daily marathon from noon until midnight over five stages of both headliners and the best emerging artists. To add to this, we have announced more great artists today including Playing for Change and the winners of last year’s Busking competition Sametime.
New Zealand’s incredible Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura recently delivered such a powerful performance at Folk Alliance in Montreal that most of those in attendance were crying with joy. I have only ever experienced something that strong a few times. Don’t miss out on Māmā Mihi’s unique performance. After three Glastonbury performances, Lucy Gallant will return to Bluesfest with her powerful original songs from her new album.
I cannot believe our 30th Anniversary is just around the corner. Thank you to everyone who has come over the years, I’m looking forward to seeing you all here in Byron Bay to celebrate with some of our favourite artists in the world this Easter”.
Bluesfest 2019 will be held at the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd April 2019). During the Festival fans will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on-site camping in a range of accommodation options. avoid disappointment and get your tickets now!
Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800
The Bluesfest 2019 line-up so far:
Jack Johnson – Iggy Pop – Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Paul Kelly – The Saboteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, Jack Lawrence) – Tash Sultana – Hozier – David Gray – Ray La Montagne – Norah Jones – Julia Stone- Kasey Chambers – Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Mavis Staples – Gary Clark Jr. – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic – Tommy Emmanuel – Snarky Puppy – SIX60 – Meshell Ndegeocello – Colin Hay – Imelda May – Kurt Vile and the Violators – Keb’ Mo’ – Allen Stone – St. Paul and The Broken Bones -Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Ocean Alley – Archie Roach – Shakey Graves – Arlo Guthrie – Nahko and Medicine for the People – Tex Perkins – I’m With Her – Ruthie Foster – Richard Clapton – Russell Morris – Flogging Molly – Backsliders – The Marcus King Band – Fantastic Negrito – Samantha Fish – The War and Treaty – Deva Mahal – Larkin Poe – The Black Sorrows – Vintage Trouble – Pierce Brothers -Mojo Juju – Trevor Hall – Irish Mythen – Anderson East – Melody Angel – Hussy Hicks – Thando – The California Honeydrops – Elephant Sessions – Caiti Baker – Little Georgia – Benny Walker – Dallas Woods – Amaru Tribe – RockWiz Live – Playing for Change – Clarence Bekker Band – Ward Thomas – Glenn Cardier and The Sideshow – Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf – Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura – Lucy Gallant – Sametime – Nocturnal Syndrome
Full Boomerang Festival (First Nations Festival within Bluesfest) 2019 line-up:
Baker Boy – Archie Roach – Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project – Mojo Juju – Benny Walker – Dallas Woods – DOBBY – Mission Songs – Brotherhood Of The Blues – Malu Kiai Mura Buai – Rako – Tenzin Choegyal – Muggera – Te Kopere Maori Healers – Jugun Dandi Weavers – Saltwater Dubay