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Even More Artists Have Been Added To The Bluesfest 2016 Lineup

Written by Sam Murphy on December 3, 2015

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
Chain
Backsliders
Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Irish Mythen
Digging Roots
Frazey Ford
Marshall Okell
Sahara Beck
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

Joining…

Modest Mouse
Richard Clapton
Ash Grunwald
Graham Nash
Kamasi Washington
Elle King
Blind Boy Paxton
Dustin Thomas
Wards Xpress
Raw Earth.

Joining

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

Joining

Bluesfest 2016 Lineup

D’Angelo And The Vanguard
Cold War Kids
Hiatus Kaiyote
Houndmouth
Fantastic Negrito
Con Brio
Kaleo
Mike Love
The Bros. Landreth
Kim Churchill
Mojo Juju
Pierce Brothers
Harts
Steve Smyth

Joining

Melissa Etheridge
Kendrick Lamar
Tom Jones
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
The Decemberists
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Tweedy
Steve Earle and The Dukes
The Wailers
Grace Potter
Lord Huron
Nahko and Medicine For The People
Vintage Trouble
Lucky Peterson
Emdee
Blackberry Smoke

joining…

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
Tickets: Bluesfest

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