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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