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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