Bluesfest 2023 lineup led by Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy

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Bluesfest 2023 lineup led by Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy

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Also featuring Jackson Browne, Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, Gang of Youths, Michael Franti, Tash Sultana, and many more!

In just 31 weeks, the 34th annual Bluesfest’s gates will open for what promises to be the most exciting Bluesfest ever. Some of the finest contemporary and legendary blues, roots, soul, rock, hip hop, R&B, world and Americana music artists (and more) are confirmed to appear for the first original style Bluesfest since the world’s borders re-opened.

After a hugely successful if somewhat muddy 2022 that featured the best of predominantly Australian and NZ artists, it’s time to mix it up again. For the first time since 2019, Bluesfest is free and unencumbered to showcase the finest genres of music from all over the globe. Over 40 artists alone in this first announcement – with more to come.

Check out all the latest touring news here.

Bluesfest 2023 lineup

(Alphabetical order)

The Barnestormers
Beth Hart [Exclusive]
The Black Sorrows
Bonnie Raitt
Buddy Guy
The Cat Empire
Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Eric Gales [Exclusive]
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Gang Of Youths
Greensky Bluegrass [Exclusive]
Jackson Browne
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
Joe Bonamassa [Exclusive]
Joe Camilleri Presents A Star-Studded Tribute To The Greats Of The Blues
Jon Stevens
Kaleo [Exclusive]
Keb’ Mo’
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Lachy Doley And The Horns Of Conviction
Larkin Poe
Lucinda Williams
Marcus King
Mavis Staples
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Nikki Hill [Exclusive]
Robert Glasper
Rockwiz Live
The Soul Rebels & Friends with Special Guests Talib Kweli, GZA, Big Freedia
Southern Avenue [Exclusive]
Spinifex Gum Feat. Marliya
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Tash Sultana
Xavier Rudd

Bluesfest 2023 general info

Ticket prices, camping and VIP tickets remain the same as 2022’s prices. That’s despite the significant increase in cost of international flights and freight logistics, with artists fees also on the rise. Bluesfest will also invest in upgrading the VIP area to raise the VIP experience to new heights. For the campers that seek a ‘class above’ experience you can upgrade to the Rainbow Tipi accommodation this year as well as experience further improvements with the onsite rental tents.

The 365 days a year site improvement on the Bluesfest property continue: “Since last year we’ve invested over $500k upgrading and waterproofing the Bluesfest site. Both myself and my team are currently looking at every single aspect of the Bluesfest experience to ensure it’s of the highest quality possible” said Peter Noble.

“For the first time since 2019, Bluesfest is presenting a fully international festival experience like the legendary ones we did before the COVID-era. Whilst there are still plenty of Aussie artists listed in this first and upcoming announcements it is wonderful to once again in 2023, after four long years be able to bring back some of the greatest Blues, Roots, Soul, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, World and Americana artists (and so much more) back to our shores after so long. As well as, of course, the stars of tomorrow.

“We have our largest number of artists ever listed in our first Bluesfest artist announcement… check it out, there’s more than 40 of them. It is such a stunning list for every Bluesfester. More good news is we’ve made the call to NOT increase our ticket prices. As always there’s a large allocation of tickets so everyone can experience the whole musical enchilada we are proud to be bringing to our shores.

“A five-day season ticket at Bluesfest can be a life changing experience, and I promise you I will do my utmost best to present the greatest gathering of artists I can for our 34th Annual Bluesfest at Byron Events Farm over the Easter Long Weekend from April 6 – 10 next year. For those of you who’d prefer to ‘day trip’ or purchase a 3 day ‘long weekend’ ticket, we are currently working on scheduling the artists’ play dates, and we will be releasing these, as well as the 1 & 3-day tickets soon. Watch this space! It may just be a few short weeks away…

“To all Bluesfest fans, artists, suppliers, contractors, volunteers and to my dedicated team – thank you so much for your belief and your support. Together we’ve endured a few hard years. It’s time to get excited… time to come out and play, and to enjoy an experience like no other.”

Bluesfest 2023 tickets

Today, Bluesfest release five-day tickets, and VIP tickets at the same 2022 price points. On site camping options also go on sale today at the same prices as 2022 for those who pitch their tents and vans. In the coming weeks Bluesfest will release more of the line-up, along with the artist play dates so that both day-trippers and 3-day ticket holders can make an informed choice.

Stand by for further announcements on two special satellite events happening in Melbourne and Perth, as well as side shows from some of this amazing line up.

Tickets are available now through Moshtix here.