Christmas has come early for Bluesfest fans, with the fest expanding its already mega 2022 lineup.
Eight international artists have just joined the bill for next year’s Byron Bay bash, including George Benson, Morcheeba, The Wailers, Marcus King, The War & Treaty, Amadou & Mariam, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram and Cory Henry.
“I have been in communication with managers and agents since our first cancellation and I am so happy that we can finally bring back these internationals in time for Bluesfest as well as some touring dates,” festival boss Peter Noble said.
“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 continued: “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.
“Marcus King raised the tent roof at our 30th birthday celebrations in 2019 – what a guitar phenomenon he is ! 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 slated to appear in 2020, and it’s a joy to have them confirm their Bluesfest appearances at Easter.”
The Bluesfest 2022 lineup is now 90 artists strong, with this new crop joining the likes of Amy Shark, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, The Teskey Brothers, Missy Higgins, Diesel and loads more.
Bluesfest had originally been rescheduled for October after its shock forced last-minute cancellation back in April, but organisers recently made the tough decision to scrap it as most of the country was plunged into extended lockdowns. It’s now been relocated to its normal Easter dates in 2022.
Catch the full lineup so far below!
Bluesfest 2022 – Rescheduled
All tickets on sale now
Friday, 15th April — Monday, 18th April 2022
Byron Events Farm Tyagarah, Byron Bay
Bluesfest 2022 – Lineup
THE MARCUS KING BAND
AMADOU & MARIAM
THE WAR & TREATY
CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM
JEFF MARTIN PLAYS THE SONGS OF LED ZEPPELIN
The Teskey Brothers
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald
Mark Seymour & The Undertow
The Living End
Ross Wilson And The Peaceniks
The Man In Black
Weddings Parties Anything
The Black Sorrows
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Vika & Linda
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Mama Kin Spender
Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers
Pacey, King & Doley
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Round Mountain Girls
Byron Busking Competition
+ MORE TBA