Bluesfest 2021 may have been cancelled, but the festival’s 2022 comeback is sure to make up for its absence this year.
The beloved annual event which takes place each year in Byron Bay was, of course, also cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic before being rescheduled for April 2021. The festival then had to be postponed when a new COVID-19 case was detected in the area and was rescheduled once again for October before being cancelled entirely.
Now set for Friday, April 15 to Monday, April 18 2022, Missy Higgins, The Teskey Brothers, L.A.B, Diesel, 19-Twenty, and Fools have been added to the lineup, joining the previously announced headliners of Tash Sultana and Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly and Midnight Oil.
Higgins’ appearance at Bluesfest marks her first since the release of her 2018 record Solastalgia, while Melbourne band The Teskey Brothers last performed at the festival that same year. Their album Run Home Slow earned seven ARIA Music Awards nominations and won three including Engineer of the Year, Best Group and Best Blues and Roots Album.
The record also picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Meanwhile, Midnight Oil last headlined the iconic music festival in 2002 before going on almost two-decade hiatus while Kelly’s appointment to the lineup marks his eighth appearance at the multi-day event.
The remaining lineup remains the same and features Ocean Alley, 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, All Our Exes Live In Texas, 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 and Vika & Linda.
Additional acts include Harts Plays Hendrix, 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, Hussy Hicks, Roshani, Declan Kelly, Daniel Champagne, Ziggy Alberts, Little Georgia, Lambros., Round Mountain Girls, The Regime, Electric Lemonade, Palm Valley and Byron Busking Competition.
Bluesfest happens at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from Friday, April 15 to Monday, April 18 2022.
Tickets are now on sale through Moshtix.