Bluesfest Makes Female-Heavy Second Lineup Announcement For 2019

UPDATE: Iggy Pop & Norah Jones Lead Bluesfest 2019 Third Artist Announcement

ORIGINAL STORY: Byron Bay Bluesfest has unveiled a female-heavy second lineup for 2019, after the festival was criticised by some for a male-dominated first lineup it announced back in August.

After confirming the likes of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and Kurt Vile on its first lineup, organisers have today added a string of 19 new acts, including Julia Stone, Mavis Staples, Meshell Ndegeocello and Ruthie Foster.

Of the 19 acts, 10 are female and two contain a mix of female and male musicians. Seven all-male acts are also included. View today’s lineup announcement in full, below.

In a statement, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble said, “This truly is an all killer, no filler announcement from top to bottom with many more to come, and we are very proud of it.”

In August, Noble apologised for comparing a lineup critic to a Nazi, after criticising so-called “SJWs” (“social justice warriors”) and calling for apologies from those critical of the festival’s initial lineup announcement.

The likes of Kurt Vile, Allen Stone, Ray LaMontagne and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic have already announced Bluesfest sideshows for next year. Read up on the sideshows announced so far right here.

Bluesfest 2019 Second Lineup Announcement

Paul Kelly


David Gray

Julia Stone

Gary Clark Jr.

Mavis Staples (exclusive)

Flogging Molly

Meshell Ndegeocello

Ruthie Foster (exclusive)

Shakey Graves

Anderson East (exclusive)

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Samantha Fish (exclusive)

The War And Treaty (exclusive)

Mojo Juju

Caiti Baker

Deva Mahal (exclusive)

Melody Angel

Hussy Hicks


Bluesfest 2019 First Lineup Announcement

Jack Johnson (Exclusive)

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Exclusive)

Ray LaMontagne

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Exclusive)

Snarky Puppy

Kasey Chambers

St Paul & The Broken Bones (Exclusive)

Nahko And Medicine For The People

Tommy Emmanuel

Colin Hay

Arlo Guthrie

Keb’ Mo’

Tex Perkins

Allen Stone

Richard Clapton

Russell Morris

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Vintage Trouble

The Black Sorrows

The California Honeydrops

Trevor Hall

I’m With Her

Larkin Poe

Irish Mythen

Elephant Sessions

Greensky Bluegrass

Rockwiz Live

Bluesfest 2019

Thursday, 18th April — Monday, 22nd April

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay

Tickets: Official Website

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