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Bluesfest 2021 Officially Rescheduled to Easter 2022

“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,” says Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM.

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"We will return and when we do it will be the greatest Bluesfest atmosphere you have been part of," says Festival Director Peter Noble OAM.


Only two months out from the already-rescheduled edition of Bluesfest 2021, organisers have revealed that the upcoming event has been officially postponed until Easter of 2022.

Having initially been forced to cancel the 2020 edition of the event due to COVID-19-related restrictions on public gatherings, Bluesfest instead focused their efforts on the 2021 version of the festival, which was originally scheduled for April.

Just 24 hours before the event was set to take place though, the rescheduled festival was once again cancelled, with organisers announcing that it would instead be held in October. Now, history has once again repeated itself, with Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM revealing another rescheduled event.

“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,” Noble explained in a statement.

“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,” he continued. “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’.”

The October 2021 edition of Bluesfest was set to feature the likes of Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, and Jimmy Barnes as headlining artists, with Noble noting that the vast majority of previously-announced artists will be carried over to the 2022 festival.

Explaining that “only two or three can’t make it” to next year’s event, the lineup now includes the likes of FAT Freddy’s Drop, Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald, John Williamson, C.W. Stoneking, and Rockwiz Live, with more names to be announced.

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

Ticket-holders for the October 2021 event have been advised that their current tickets will be valid for the newly-announced festival, though refunds are available for anyone unable to attend the new dates.

Bluesfest 2022 Lineup

Midnight Oil
Paul Kelly
Jimmy Barnes
Fat Freddy’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
Tex Perkins The Man in Black
Hiatus Kaiyote
Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald
Weddings Parties Anything
The Black Sorrows
C.W. Stoneking
The Bamboos
Ash Grunwald
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Jeff Lang
Nathan Cavaleri
Kim Churchill
Henry Wagons
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
Daniel Champagne
Little Georgia
Round Mountain Girls
The Regime
Electrik Lemonade
Palm Valley
Byron Busking Competition
Rockwiz Live

Thursday, April 15th – Monday, April 18th, 2022
Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW
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