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Bluesfest 2016 Sideshows: The Complete List

Written by Music Feeds on October 27, 2015

The lineup for Bluesfest 2016 is so colossal, turns out not even a five-day mega festival can contain it.

After swelling with the weight of so many huge acts, the Byron Bay extravaganza has now burst, and sideshows are showering down around us like confetti.

Luckily, we’ve swept them all into one handy place for you to keep track.

At the time of writing, we’ve had Bluesfest sideshows announced from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, City And Colour, The Decemberists, Shakey Graves, Jackson Brown, Allen Stone, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Melissa Etheridge, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Word, Vintage Trouble, Songhoy Blues, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Rhiannon Giddens, Sturgill Simpson, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Selecter and The Wailers.

And there’ll no doubt be more to come, so make sure you watch this space for updates.

Our comprehensive list of Bluesfest 2016 sideshow dates and ticketing info is listed below.

Additionally, you can stay tuned to our Bluesfest 2016 Sideshows Feed for all the latest info.

UPDATE 10/11/15: Tom Jones has announced a run of headlining Bluesfest sideshows. Catch all the details below.

UPDATE 24/11/15: Brian Wilson has announced some Bluesfest 2016 sideshows where he’ll be treating us to The Beach Boys masterpiece Pet Sounds in its entirety.

UPDATE 03/12/15: City and Colour have a second and final Sydney show to the 2016 tour. Tickets for the new show go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 8th December. See updated details below.

UPDATE 08/12/15: D’Angelo and his band The Vanguard have announced a handful of Bluesfest 2016 sideshows.

UPDATE 09/12/15: Cold War Kids have announced four headlining Bluesfest sideshows.

UPDATE 11/01/16: Kamasi Washington has announced a pair of headlining sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.

UPDATE 11/02/16: Eagles Of Death Metal, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito and The Bros. Landreth have announced Bluesfest 2016 sideshows. Catch all the details, below.

Kendrick Lamar

Monday, 21st March 2016
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: TXDXE / Live Nation

Wednesday, 23rd March
Allphones Arena, Sydney
Tickets: TXDXE / Live Nation

City And Colour

Supported By Little May

Saturday 26th March SOLD OUT
The Tivoli, Brisbane
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Monday, 28th March
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Wednesday, 30th March
Red Hill Auditorium, Perth
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 2nd April
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Monday, 4th April LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE
Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Tuesday 5th April – NEW SHOW
Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 8th April SOLD OUT
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul
Tickets: Ticketmaster

D’Angelo

Thursday 17th March
New Zealand Festival at TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
Tickets: New Zealand Festival

Saturday 19th March
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Monday 21st March
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Tickets: Sydney Opera House

Cold War Kids

Sunday, 20th March 2016
Metropolis Fremantle
Tickets: XIII Touring

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
HQ Adelaide
Tickets: XIII Touring

Friday, 25th March 2016
170 Russell Melbourne
Tickets: XIII Touring

Saturday, 26th March 2016
Metro Theatre Sydney
Tickets: XIII Touring

Brian Wilson


Saturday 26th March

Civic Theatre, Auckland
Tickets: Ticektmaster

Sunday 3rd April

Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Tuesday 5th April
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Thursday 7th April
Riverside Theatre, Perth
Tickets: Ticketmaster

*Sydney date to be announced soon*

Tom Jones

Telstra Thanks pre-sale: 10am November 12th until 5pm November 15th.
Tickets on sale 10am Tuesday November 17th.

Sunday, 13th March 2016
Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, West Perth
Tickets: Live Nation

Tuesday, 15th March 2016
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Hindmarsh
Tickets: Live Nation

Thursday, 17th March 2016
Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
Tickets: Live Nation

Saturday, 19th March 2016
Vector Arena, Auckland NZ
Tickets: Live Nation

Monday, 21st March 2016
The Star Events Centre Pyrmont
Tickets: Live Nation

Friday, 25th March 2016
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Tickets: Live Nation

The Decemberists

Tuesday, 29th March
Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Tickets: Arts Centre Melbourne

Wednesday, 30th March
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Tickets: Sydney Opera House

Shakey Graves

Tuesday, 29th March (supporting The Decemberists)
Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Tickets: Arts Centre Melbourne

Thursday, 31st March
The Basement, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Jackson Browne

Sunday, March 27th
Bluesfest, Byron Bay

Monday, 28th March
Opera House, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Friday, 1st April
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Sunday, 3rd April
Civic Theatre, Auckland
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Allen Stone

Wednesday, 30th March
The Factory Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Thursday, 31st March
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Nahko and Medicine For The People

Thursday, 24th March
Max Watts, Brisbane
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Sunday 27th March
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Wednesday 30th March
Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Melissa Etheridge

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 27th March 2016
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, NSW
Tickets: Bluesfest (on sale now)

Wednesday, 30th March 2016
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 1st April 2016
Riverside Theatre, Perth
Tickets: Ticketek

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Saturday, 19th March 2016
Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Sunday, 20th March 2016
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT
Tickets: Canberra Theatre Centre

Tuesday, 22nd March
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

The Word

Sunday, 27th March 2016
The Factory Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Monday, 28th March 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Vintage Trouble

Wednesday, 30th March 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Thursday, 31st March 2016
The Factory Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Songhoy Blues

Wednesday, 9th March 2016
Astor Theatre, Perth
Tickets: Astor Theatre Perth

Wednesday, 16th March 2016
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Melbourne Recital

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Monday, 21st March 2016
The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Thursday, 24th March 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Friday, 25th March
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Rhiannon Giddens

Monday, 21st March 2016
The Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
Tickets: Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Sturgill Simpson

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
The Metro Thearte, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 23rd March
170 Russell, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Steve Earle & The Dukes

Friday, 11th March 2016
Astor Theatre, Perth
Tickets: Astor Theatre

Wednesday, 16th March 2016
Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney
Tickets: Rooty Hill RSL

Thursday, 17th March 2016
The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 18th March 2016
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Melbourne Recital Centre

Saturday, 19th March 2016
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Melbourne Recital Centre

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay
Tickets: MackayTix

Thursday, 24th March
Tanks, Cairns
Tickets: Ticketlink

The Selecter

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016
The Factory Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Friday, 25th March 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

The Wailers

Thursday, 17th March 2016
Tanks, Cairns
Tickets: Ticketlink

Saturday, 19th March 2016
The Playhouse Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin
Tickets: Your Centre

Monday, 21st March 2016
Astor Theatre, Perth
Tickets: Astor Theatre

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016
Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney
Tickets: Rooty Hill RSL

Kamasi Washington

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
The Prince, Melbourne
Tickets: Live Nation

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Live Nation

Eagles Of Death Metal

Friday 25th March 2016
The Croxton, Melbourne
Tickets: Secret Sounds

Sunday 27th March 2016
The Metro, Sydney
Tickets: Secret Sounds

Tuesday 29th March 2016
Metropolis, Fremantle
Tickets: Secret Sounds

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito

Monday, 28th March 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Tuesday, 29th March 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

The Bros. Landreth

Monday, 28th March 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Tickets: Newtown Social Club

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