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Byron Bay Bluesfest Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary With Huge 2019 Lineup

Update 20/12 8.25am: Following the release of their first bit of new music in over a decade, the Jack White-lead supergroup The Raconteurs—known as The Saboteurs in Australia—have been announced as the special guest to close out Byron Bay Bluesfest. It the band’s first performance in Australia.

Update 10/10 7.00am: The second round of artists has landed for Byron Bay Bluesfest’s 30th-anniversary celebrations. Paul Kelly leads the second assault with Julia Stone, Hozier, Gary Clark Jr. and festival exclusive Mavis Staples taking control.

Original Post: The celebration for Byron Bay Bluesfest’s 30th anniversary has started early with organisers dropping the first round of artists. The Easter long weekend, five-day festival is synonymous for drip feeding their lineups over several months. But this time, punters have something to salivate for.

For the 2019 edition, organisers have planned something big. There’s going to be some Bluesfest newbies, oldies and exclusives making their way to Byron Bay for the long weekend. Headlining the bill is a Jack Johnson who’ll be performing his only Australian shows at the festival. Last in Australia in December last year, Johnson is a favourite here in Australia and sure to knock out some classics from his ever-growing back catalogue.

It doesn’t stop there. Also coming our way in April is Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals—who’ll also be playing exclsuively—as well as Ray Lamontagne, George Clinton & Parliment Funkadelic—who is retiring from live shows in May next year, making his Bluesfest appearance his final show in Australia. Festival favourite St Paul & The Broken Bones will also be playing alongside Nahko and The Medicine For The People, Tex Perkins, Richard Clapton, Kurt Vile & The Violators and many, many more.

Byron Bay Bluesfest runs from Thursday 18 April to Monday 22 April at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. Tickets are already on sale with some special pricing. You can claim your tickets HERE.

See our coverage of last year’s Bluesfest HERE.

Bryon Bay Bluesfest 2019 Lineup Announcement

The Saboteurs


Paul Kelly
David Gray
Julia Stone
Gary Clark Jr.
Mavis Staples (Exclusive)
Flogging Molly
Meshell Ndegeocello
Ruthie Foster (Exclusive)
Shakey Graves
Anderson East (Exclusive)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish (Exclusive)
The War And Treaty (Exclusive)
Mojo Juju
Caiti Baker
Deva Mahal (Exclusive)
Melody Angel
Hussy Hicks


Jack Johnson (Exclusive)
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Exclusive)
Ray LaMontagne
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Exclusive)
Snarky Puppy
Kasey Chambers
St Paul & The Broken Bones (Exclusive)
Nahko And Medicine For The People
Tommy Emmanuel
Colin Hay
Arlo Guthrie
Keb’ Mo’
Tex Perkins
Allen Stone
Richard Clapton
Russell Morris
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Vintage Trouble
The Black Sorrows
The California Honeydrops
Trevor Hall
I’m With Her
Larkin Poe
Irish Mythen
Elephant Sessions
Greensky Bluegrass
Rockwiz Live

Written by Jake Wilton