Even More Artists Have Been Added To The Bluesfest 2016 Lineup

Bluesfest 2016 just got, er, bluesier, with the addition of more legendary artists to the already massive bill, including The “Original” Blues Brothers Band.

Organisers of the festival have convinced the original band to get back together for a special festival performance with 11 members set to take to the stage.

It doesn’t stop there though. American Pie singer Don McLean is heading down-under to lead some mighty sing-alongs as is gospel act The Blind Boys Of Alabama and Jeff Martin of The Tea Party.

There are a handful of Aussie additions too with ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee Russell Morris, legendary Indigenous artist Archie Roach and the ever-charasmatic Tex Perkins and The Ape all set to make the trip to Byron in April.

They join a constantly-expanding lineup that includes Kendrick Lamar, Tom Jones, D’Angelo and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. We’re not sure how they’re doing it but this lineup just continues to get bigger and bigger with no end in site.

See it all come together over the 2016 Easter long weekend. You can check out the full lineup below.

UPDATE 16/12/15: A special Christmas announcement has seen 10 more acts added to the Bluesfest 2016 lineup, including Modest Mouse & Ash Grunwald.

UPDATE 04/02/16: Eagles Of Death Metal plus a slew of other names have been added in the final lineup announcement.

UPDATE 26/02/16: Don McLean has pulled out of Bluesfest 2016 and has postponed his Australian tour until 2017. His management has released a statement explaining the cancellations.

Bluesfest 2016 Lineup Additions

The Mick Fleetwood Band

Eagles Of Death Metal

Playing For Change Band



Eugene Hideaway Bridges

Irish Mythen

Digging Roots

Frazey Ford

Marshall Okell

Sahara Beck

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks


Modest Mouse

Richard Clapton

Ash Grunwald

Graham Nash

Kamasi Washington

Elle King

Blind Boy Paxton

Dustin Thomas

Wards Xpress

Raw Earth.


The “Original” Blues Brothers Band

Don McLean

Russell Morris

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

Jeff Martin (The Tea Party)

Archie Roach

Tex Perkins & The Ape

The Mastersons

Hussy Hicks

East Journey


Bluesfest 2016 Lineup

D’Angelo And The Vanguard

Cold War Kids

Hiatus Kaiyote


Fantastic Negrito

Con Brio


Mike Love

The Bros. Landreth

Kim Churchill

Mojo Juju

Pierce Brothers


Steve Smyth


Melissa Etheridge

Kendrick Lamar

Tom Jones

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

The Decemberists

Jason Isbell

Sturgill Simpson


Steve Earle and The Dukes

The Wailers

Grace Potter

Lord Huron

Nahko and Medicine For The People

Vintage Trouble

Lucky Peterson


Blackberry Smoke


The National – Bluesfest exclusive

City And Colour

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue – Bluesfest exclusive

Joe Bonamassa – Bluesfest exclusive

Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Cat Empire

Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real

The Word

Rhiannon Giddens

Janiva Magness

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Allen Stone

The Selecter

Shakey Graves

Songhoy Blues

Thursday, 24th March – Monday, 28th March 2016

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, NSW

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