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Up Yours, Cyclone Debbie! “Weather-Proofed” Bluesfest Will Still Go Ahead

Despite the battering that northern NSW has received at the hands of tropical Cyclone Debbie, Bluesfest organisers have confirmed that this year’s five-day extravaganza will still be going ahead as scheduled.

In a statement on the Byron Bay bash’s official website, Bluesfest bigwigs explain that the festival site at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm has been spared the brunt of Debbie’s wrath, and should be ship-shape in time for the event’s official kick-off in ten days’ time.

“It’s been a very turbulent few days weather wise and we hope that you are okay, after Cyclone Debbie caused some heavy flooding on the coast!” their statement reads. “Our hearts reach out to all of you who have been affected.”

“As for Bluesfest? It will all go ahead as always, since we have put a lot of weather proofing in place over the years, so our Festival will go as planned, and you – our much valued festival friend – will enjoy a safe and fantastic time. We also did not get the level of rainfall that other near-by areas experienced. If you are camping, please know that our campgrounds have not been damaged.”

ICYMI: the Bluesfest 2017 lineup recently expanded for the umpteenth time with the addition of the Boomerang Festival lineup, who’ll be joining an absolutely monster bill featuring the likes of Neil Finn, Jet frontman Nic Cester, Kasey Chambers, Courtney Barnett, Santana and Patti Smith. View the full updated lineup, below.

Oh and PS Bluesfest also unveiled its 2017 set times earlier this month.

2017 Bluesfest Lineup

Boomerang Festival Lineup

LEONARD SUMNER

OKA

YIRRMAL

AIRILEKE AND RIZE OF THE MORNING STAR

EMILY WURRAMARA

TENZIN CHOEGYAL

TE KOPERE MAORI HEALERS

EXCELSIOR

JANNAWI DANCE CLAN

BUNDJALUNG ARTISTS AND WEAVING

joining…

NAS WITH GUESTS THE SOUL REBELS

KASEY CHAMBERS

BUSBY MAROU

WOUTER KELLERMAN

LITTLE GEORGIA

LUCY GALLANT

joining…

NEIL FINN

VINTAGE TROUBLE

NIC CESTER

PLAYING FOR CHANGE

ELLIS HALL |VASTI JACKSON

REMI

WILSON PICKERS

ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS

AUSTRALIAN UKULELE SHOW

IVY

joining…

COURTNEY BARNETT

JIMMY BUFFETT & THE CORAL REEFERS (EXCLUSIVE)

SANTANA

ZAC BROWN BAND

PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND PERFORM HORSES

PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND ACOUSTIC

MARY J. BLIGE

THE LUMINEERS

BUDDY GUY (EXCLUSIVE)

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

MADNESS

BONNIE RAITT

MAVIS STAPLES (EXCLUSIVE)

BILLY BRAGG

BILLY BRAGG AND JOE HENRY

SIR ROSEVELT

JETHRO TULL

MILES ELECTRIC BAND

TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE

RICKIE LEE JONES

GREGORY PORTER

SNARKY PUPPY

SLIGHTLY STOOPID

ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

CORINNE BAILEY RAE

BETH HART (EXCLUSIVE)

LAURA MVULA

MICHAEL KIWANUKA

ANDREW BIRD

RHIANNON GIDDENS

BOOKER T. PRESENTS THE STAX RECORDS REVIEW

EXPERIENCE JIMI HENDRIX

GALLANT

ROY AYERS

ERIC GALES

MUD MORGANFIELD

DEVON ALLMAN

MAX JURY

NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE

TURIN BRAKES

BLIND BOY PAXTON

TREVOR HALL

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

DUMPSTAPHUNK

THE RECORD COMPANY

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS

TONY JOE WHITE

THE SUFFERS (EXCLUSIVE)

NIKKI HILL THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS

JEFF LANG

RAY BEADLE AND THE SILVER DOLLARS LLOYD SPIEGEL

JOAN OSBORNE

GLENN CARDIER AND THE SIDESHOW

DAVY KNOWLES

MELODY ANGEL IRISH MYTHEN

THE STRUMBELLAS

+ More to be announced

Bluesfest 2017

Tickets on sale now

Thursday, 13th – Monday, 17th April

Byron Bay, NSW

Tickets: Bluesfest

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