Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly added as headliners for rescheduled Bluesfest event
19.05.2021

Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly added as headliners for rescheduled Bluesfest event

Words by Will Brewster

The festival is now slated to kick off in October.

Following the heartbreak of that fateful April cancellation, Bluesfest Byron Bay has officially revealed the lineup for its recently rescheduled 2021 event.

Read the latest tour news here.

The festival, which is now slated to go down from October 1 – 4 at its usual home at Tyagarah Tree Farm, has retained all Australian acts who were originally locked in to appear at the April festival, and now features two very special headliners on the bill.

Leading the pack for the new additions to the lineup is none other than Midnight Oil, who are set to headline the opening night of the festival with their stunning live show for new release The Makarrata Project.

In a note released alongside the lineup, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM said that having Midnight Oil appear at the festival was “a moment I have been waiting years to happen”, stating that “Midnight Oil headlined Bluesfest in 2002, just before their extended hiatus.

“It has always been my ambition to once again present the ‘holy grail of Australian artists’ at Bluesfest and have approached them every year, redoubling my efforts since their reformation in 2017. And now, to have Midnight Oil headline our opening night and launch their new album – it’s a dream come true.”

However, Midnight Oil aren’t the only national treasures signing onto the new lineup – Bluesfest has also managed to net the Gravy Man to appear at the October festival, with Paul Kelly being locked in to co-headline the Saturday night festivities alongside Tash Sultana.

Both acts will be joining the likes of Jimmy Barnes, John Butler, The Cat Empire, Ocean Alley, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kasey Chambers, The Church and more, rounding out a blockbuster bill of Australian artists.

Throughout his statement to the press, Peter Noble addressed the last minute cancellation of Bluesfest’s April event and expressed his confidence at the festival going ahead in October, saying that “We have shown a determination to overcome everything we had to face to re-schedule, knowing that as an integral part of the Australian music industry, so many were counting on us.

“As we rise from the ashes of Bluesfest, Easter 2021, please come join us as we celebrate our indomitable determination to present live music in Australia safely, at a major event level. Let’s make history! We are back – we cannot be kept down – please join us.”

Check out the lineup in full below. Season tickets are on sale from 9am Thursday May 20 via Moshtix, with 3 Day and 1 Day passes and camping and VIP tickets going on sale soon.

BLUESFEST 2021

Friday 1 – Monday 4 October – Tyagarah Tree Farm, Byron Bay NSW

MIDNIGHT OIL     PAUL KELLY     TASH SULTANA     JIMMY BARNES    
 OCEAN ALLEY     ZIGGY ALBERTS
JOHN BUTLER     XAVIER RUDD     THE CAT EMPIRE
PETE MURRAY     MARK SEYMOUR & THE UNDERTOW
KATE CEBERANO     KASEY CHAMBERS     THE WAIFS
THE CHURCH     JON STEVENS  
IAN MOSS     THE LIVING END     THE ANGELS
ROSS WILSON and THE PEACENIKS     RUSSELL MORRIS
TROY CASSAR-DALEY     BRIGGS
TEX PERKINS THE MAN IN BLACK
HIATUS KAIYOTE     KATE MILLER-HEIDKE
WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING
THE BLACK SORROWS     THE BAMBOOS
CHAIN     BACKSLIDERS     ASH GRUNWALD
MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
VIKA & LINDA
JEFF LANG     NATHAN CAVALERI
MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION
KIM CHURCHILL     HENRY WAGONS     JK-47
GARRETT KATO     MAMA KIN SPENDER     DAMI IM
PIERCE BROTHERS     EMILY WURRAMARA     THE BUCKLEYS
FIONA BOYES & THE FORTUNE TELLERS
RAY BEADLE     PACEY, KING & DOLEY
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS
HUSSY HICKS     ROSHANI     DECLAN KELLY
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE     LITTLE GEORGIA
LAMBROS.     ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS
THE REGIME
ELECTRIC LEMONADE     PALM VALLEY
BYRON BUSKING COMPETITION
For tickets and further details, head to the Bluesfest website.