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Bluesfest Adds Eight International Artists to 2022 Lineup

After much uncertainty thanks to COVID, Bluesfest will go ahead in 2022 with the addition of eight international acts confirmed today

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Morcheeba are among the eight international artists added to the 2022 Bluesfest lineup this morning.

Michelle Hayward*

Bluesfest Byron Bay may already be presenting a stacked all-Australian line up, but the award-winning festival has just confirmed eight international additions to the bill.

American icon George Benson, English ’90s electronic act Morcheeba, and Bob Marley’s band The Wailers are amongst the confirmations today.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM said he had been in constant communication with managers and agents since the event’s first cancellation, and he was “so happy” to bring some international acts back to the festival.

“It feels like a brilliant Christmas present to me and I’m sure our Bluesfest fans will be stoked to hear about these much-loved artists coming back to Bluesfest,” he said.

“Living legend George Benson makes his Bluesfest debut; Morcheeba, Bluesfest favourites, are very welcome returnees and The Wailers, for whom I hold a special place in my heart, are now led by a new generation of children as well as former members of the original Wailers, keeping the light and music of Bob Marley shining and alive.”

Noble confirmed two of the other acts slated to appear were also previous crowd favourites.

“Marcus King raised the tent roof at our 30th birthday celebrations in 2019 – what a guitar phenomenon he is,” he said. “And remember The War & Treaty, how they became one of THE discovery artists in 2019 – it’s exciting to welcome them back as well.”

Amadou & Mariam, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram and Cory Henry were all scheduled for the 2020 event, which was cancelled due to COVID.

“It’s a joy to have them confirm their Bluesfest appearances at Easter,” Noble said.

Bluesfest will also play host to The Cat Empire’s final-ever show when they headline the opening night of the festival, and recently added the likes of Crowded House just a few weeks ago.

Bluesfest 2022 Lineup

George Benson (USA)
Morcheeba (UK)
The Wailers (JAM)
Amadou & Mariam (AF)
The War & Treaty (USA)
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (USA)
Cory Henry (USA)


Midnight Oil
Paul Kelly
Crowded House

Jimmy Barnes
Amy Shark
The Cat Empire
The Teskey Brothers
Fat Freddy’s Drop
John Butler
Xavier Rudd
Missy Higgins
Kasey Chambers
Hoodoo Gurus
Ian Moss
The Living End
Pete Murray
The Waifs
Jon Stevens
Kate Ceberano
John Williamson
Ross Wilson and The Peaceniks
The Angels
The Church
Renee Geyer
Tex Perkins The Man in Black
Vika & Linda
Stan Walker
Troy Cassar-Daley
Baker Boy
Hiatus Kaiyote
Weddings Parties Anything
The Black Sorrows
Kate Miller-Heidke
Casey Barnes
Mark Seymour & The Undertow
Russell Morris
Kevin Borich Express
Cw Stoneking
Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald
Joe Camilleri Presents The Honeydripper’s Dylan Party
Tamam Shud
Lachy Doley & The Horns of Conviction
Caravana Sun
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
The Bamboos
Ash Grunwald
All Our Exes Live in Texas
Sam Teskey
Henry Wagons
Jeff Lang
Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers
Kara Grainger
Blue Empress All-Stars Feat. Fiona Boyes, Cara Robinson Leesa Gentz, Julz Parker, Alison Penney, Kerri Simpson & Sweet Felicia
Zevon: Accidentally Like a Martyr Starring Henry Wagons
Spinifex Gum Feat. Marliya Choir & Emma Donovan
Jeff Martin – Plays The Songs of Led Zeppelin
Tijuana Cartel
Ray Beadle
Pacey, King & Doley
Nathan Cavaleri
Kim Churchill
Mama Kin Spender
Dami Im
Pierce Brothers
Emily Wurramara
The Buckleys
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul
Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers
Daniel Champagne
The Regime
Hat Fitz & Cara
Garrett Kato
Hussy Hicks
Minnie Marks
Little Georgia
Round Mountain Girls
Juzzie Smith
Electrik Lemonade
Palm Valley
Byron Busking Competition
60’s Psychedelic Light Show by The Legendary Ellis D Fogg
RocKwiz Live

Friday, 15th April — Monday, 18th April 2022
Byron Events Farm Tyagarah, Byron Bay, NSW
Tickets: Moshtix