Melissa Etheridge Joins Bluesfest 2016 Lineup, Announces Aussie Headline Shows

The already engorged lineup for Bluesfest 2016 has just ballooned out even more, with the addition of country rock sensation, Melissa Etheridge.


**Artist’s rendering of next year’s Bluesfest Lineup**

The architect behind such iconic tracks as Bring Me Some Water and Like The Way I Do will perform a set at the Byron Bay festival on Sunday, 27th March 2016, alongside UB40 and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

A statement from the Bluesfest organisers reads: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the iconic rocker, singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge for her This Is M.E. Australian Tour, including her long-awaited Bluesfest debut.”

Etheridge will also be performing three other headlining sideshow dates during her visit to Australia, in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

She joins fellow new addition Kendrick Lamar on the Bluesfest 2016 lineup, alongside previously announced acts The National, City And Colour, Tom Jones and tonnes more.

The award-winning five-day Bluesfest event is held annually over the Easter long weekend at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay.

Organiser Peter Nobel previously promised “THE best artists across a slew of genres” and it looks like he’s delivered.

Check out the full lineup so far below, along with venue and ticketing info for Melissa Etheridge’s headlining tour dates.

Tickets to her sideshows go on sale from Thursday, 29th October from 9am AEDT, with a pre-sale for fan club members on sale from Wednesday, 28th October at 9am AEDT.

Tickets to Bluesfest 2016 are on sale now.

UPDATE 5/11/15: The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson has been added to the bill alongside a handful of other names including blues and roots legend Taj Mahal.

UPDATE 26/11/15: Soul man D’Angelo has been added to the bill alongside Cold War Kids, Hitaus Kaiyote and a bunch more.

UPDATE 03/12/15: Even more artists have been added to the Bluesfest 2016 lineup including The “Original” Blues Brothers Band.

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

Watch: Melissa Etheridge – Monster

This Is M.E. Tour Dates

Tickets on sale Thursday, 29th October from 9am AEDT. Pre-sale tickets for fan club members on sale from Wednesday, 28th October from 9am AEDT.

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 27th March 2016

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, NSW

Tickets: Bluesfest (on sale now)

Wednesday, 30th March 2016

Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 1st April 2016

Riverside Theatre, Perth

Tickets: Ticketek

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Bluesfest 2016 Lineup

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


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

Tickets: Bluesfest

Tickets to Bluesfest 2016 are on sale now.

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