George Benson, Morcheeba among six new Bluesfest lineup internationals

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George Benson, Morcheeba among six new Bluesfest lineup internationals

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Words by Beat Magazine

Eight internationals have joined the 2022 Bluesfest lineup, with the festival set to go down from Thursday April 14 to Monday April 18 next year in Byron Bay

10-time Grammy Award winner and ‘Give Me The Night’ soul superstar George Benson leads the Bluesfest lineup additions. He’ll also be performing Tuesday 19 April 2022 and Wednesday 20 April 2022 at the Palais Theatre. Bluesfest favourite Morcheeba also join the bill fresh off their 10th album. They’ll also be playing at 170 Russell on Tuesday 12 April 2022.

Bob Marley’s former backing band The Wailers, The Marcus King Band, Abadou & Mariam, The War and Treaty, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram and Cory Henry all join the existing 170+ act strong lineup featuring the likes of Midnight Oil, Crowded House, Paul Kelly and Jimmy Barnes.

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“I have been in communication with managers and agents since our first cancellation and I am so happy that we can finally bring back these internationals in time for Bluesfest as well as some touring dates. It feels like a brilliant Christmas present to me and I’m sure our Bluesfest fans will be stoked to hear about these much-loved artists coming back to Bluesfest,” festival director Peter Noble said.

“Living legend George Benson makes his Bluesfest debut; Morcheeba, Bluesfest favourites,  are very welcome returnees and The Wailers, for whom I hold a special place in my heart, are now led by a new generation of children as well as former members of the original Wailers, keeping the light and music of Bob Marley shining and alive.

“Marcus King raised the tent roof at our 30th birthday celebrations in 2019 – what a guitar phenomenon he is. And remember The War & Treaty, how they became one of the discovery artists in 2019 – it’s exciting to welcome them back as well. Amadou & Mariam, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram and Cory Henry were all slated to appear in 2020, and it’s a joy to have them confirm their Bluesfest appearances at Easter.”

Full Bluesfest 2022 Lineup

Midnight Oil
Paul Kelly
Jimmy Barnes
George Benson
The Marcus King Band
The Wailers
Amadou & Mariam
The War & Treaty
Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
Cory Henry 
The Teskey Brothers
Fat Freddy’s Drop
John Butler
Xavier Rudd
Missy Higgins
Pete Murray
Ian Moss
The Living End
Kasey Chambers
Jon Stevens
Kate Ceberano
The Waifs
Ross Wilson and The Peaceniks
The Angels
The Church
Tex Perkins The Man In Black
John Williamson
Hiatus Kaiyote
Weddings Parties Anything
The Black Sorrows
Kate Miller-Heidke
Vika & Linda
Mark Seymour & The Undertow
Russell Morris
Troy Cassar-Daley
C.W. Stoneking
Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald
All Our Exes Live In Texas
The Bamboos
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Ash Grunwald
Henry Wagons
Jeff Lang
Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers
Ray Beadle
Pacey, King & Doley
Nathan Cavaleri
Kim Churchill
Mama Kin Spender
Dami Im
Pierce Brothers
Emily Wurramara
The Buckleys
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Daniel Champagne
The Regime
Garrett Kato
Hussy Hicks
Little Georgia
Round Mountain Girls
Hoodoo Gurus
Baker Boy
Renee Geyer
Sam Teskey
Kara Grainger
Jeff Martin (Tea Party) playing Led Zeppelin
Amy Shark
Casey Barnes
Stan Walker
Kevin Borich Express
Lachy Doley & The Horns of Conviction
Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul
Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers
Hat Fitz & Cara
The Cat Empire
Caravãna Sun
Tijuana Cartel

For tickets, artist bios and more info, head to the festival website here.