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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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