Tom Jones, Noel Gallagher Lead Second Bluesfest 2016 Lineup

Living legend Tom Jones and one half of Oasis Noel Gallagher along with his High Flying Birds are the artists leading the second lineup announcement for next year’s 27th annual Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Mr Sex Bomb himself and the Britpop hero will both be making their festival debut when Bluesfest rolls around next March. Also named on the second round lineup are Portland outfit The Decemberists, alt-country singer-songwriters Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson, as well as Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy and his son, drummer Spencer Tweedy.

The second lineup is rounded out with the likes of Steve Earle and The Dukes, reggae icons The Wailers, Grace Potter, Nahko and Medicine For The People and a bunch more.

They’ll be joining the likes of The National who are playing exclusively at the 2016 festival, as well as UB40, City And Colour, The Cat Empire, Allen Stone, Joe Bonamassa, Shakey Graves and more. See the full lineup so far, below.

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. There are still a handful more lneup announcements on the way, with organiser Peter Nobel promising “THE best artists across a slew of genres.”

Tickets to Bluesfest 2016 are on sale now.

UPDATE 13/10/15: Acclaimed West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar has joined the festival lineup and will headline the Thursday night of Bluesfest 2016.

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 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.

Watch: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Lock All The Doors

Watch: Tom Jones – Sex Bomb (Official Video)

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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