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The Bluesfest 2016 Set Times Are Here

Written by Emmy Mack on February 9, 2016

Just a handful of days after revealing its monster final lineup announcement, the freakin’ gargantuan Byron Bay Bluesfest has unveiled its official 2016 set times.

And with five stages worth of action over five jam-packed days, it’s well worth using the timetable to formulate an itinerary and make sure you don’t end up accidentally missing any of your favourite acts.


“This is what every festival attendee hangs out for – the playing schedule, we call it the form guide,” announced Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble. “It contains all the times and set lengths of the shows.”

And speaking of set lengths, there’s plenty of exciting news on that front, with most of the festival headliners performing full 90-minute (and some even massive 120-minute) length shows.

“At Bluesfest, artists are given the opportunity to play full performances wherever possible and you will see full two hour shows with D’Angelo (Saturday), Joe Bonamassa (Saturday), UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue (Sunday) and Tedeschi Trucks Band (Thursday),” Noble continued.

“When the Wailers present Bob Marley’s classic album Legend on Sunday, the audience will get to see the full 100 minute performance.

“Artists such as Brian Wilson, Jason Isbell, The Word, The National, City and Colour, The Cat Empire, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Melisssa Etheridge, Jackson Browne and more will be presenting their full 90 minute concert performances. There are no cut down performances at Bluesfest.”

Bluesfest 2016 will run from Thursday 24th March – Monday 28th March at Byron Bay’s Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm.

Whip out your highlighter and check out the official timetable and full lineup details below.

Happy scheduling!

UPDATE 26/02/16: Don McLean has pulled out of Bluesfest 2016 and has postponed his Australian tour until 2017. His management has released a statement explaining the cancellations.

Bluesfest set times

Bluesfest 2016 Lineup

The Mick Fleetwood Band
Eagles Of Death Metal
Playing For Change Band
Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Irish Mythen
Digging Roots
Frazey Ford
Marshall Okell
Sahara Beck
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks


Modest Mouse
Richard Clapton
Ash Grunwald
Graham Nash
Kamasi Washington
Elle King
Blind Boy Paxton
Dustin Thomas
Wards Xpress
Raw Earth.


The “Original” Blues Brothers Band
Don McLean
Russell Morris
The Blind Boys Of Alabama
Jeff Martin (The Tea Party)
Archie Roach
Tex Perkins & The Ape
The Mastersons
Hussy Hicks
East Journey


D’Angelo And The Vanguard
Cold War Kids
Hiatus Kaiyote
Fantastic Negrito
Con Brio
Mike Love
The Bros. Landreth
Kim Churchill
Mojo Juju
Pierce Brothers
Steve Smyth


Melissa Etheridge
Kendrick Lamar
Tom Jones
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
The Decemberists
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Steve Earle and The Dukes
The Wailers
Grace Potter
Lord Huron
Nahko and Medicine For The People
Vintage Trouble
Lucky Peterson
Blackberry Smoke


The National – Bluesfest exclusive
City And Colour
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue – Bluesfest exclusive
Joe Bonamassa – Bluesfest exclusive
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Cat Empire
Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real
The Word
Rhiannon Giddens
Janiva Magness
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Allen Stone
The Selecter
Shakey Graves
Songhoy Blues

Thursday, 24th March – Monday, 28th March 2016
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, NSW
Tickets: Bluesfest

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