Bluesfest have added an eclectic list of new names to their 2021 line-up.
These new artists continue Bluesfest's intention to appeal to a broad audience, featuring myriad genres for all members of the family to enjoy. The event is positioned to be one of the first major festivals back on the circuit post-COVID.
Leading the announcement is Sydney northern beaches natives and ARIA winners Ocean Alley. Their platinum single 'Confidence' won #1 on triple j's Hottest 100 in 2018, and since, the band have gone on to sell out shows across Australia.
Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 51st anniversary in 2021. The last time he performed at Bluesfest was in 2014 and is sure to captivate the crowd when he returns, having sold more than five million albums.
Tex Perkins is set to strut up on stage to embody 'The Man In Black', imbued with the best of Johnny Cash hits.
Former lead singer of Noiseworks and INXS Jon Stevens will stack his Bluesfest set with nothing but relentless his, his charge of emotions aiming to transport audiences back in time including INXS songs that were a huge part of the soundtrack to many lives.
Cool collaboration Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald will take to the stage together to perform songs from forthcoming album 'Push The Blues Away' which is set for release on 13 November and is born out of a mutual love of the blues.
Bluesfest will be blessed by revered singing sisters Vika & Linda, known for their rich vocal harmonies and stylistic breadth, adding a touch of class to the line-up.
Originally from Canada, Byron Bay singer-songwriter Garrett Kato went from busking and living out of a backpack to tallying more than 45 million streams worldwide and performing sold-out shows alongside Damien Rice and Ziggy Alberts. He's a young rising star and musical gem to discover at Bluesfest.
Mia Dyson is always welcomed to Bluesfest by her fans, 2021 expected to be no different. A blues pocket-rocket, Mia has won ARIA and APRA awards, toured with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks and Eric Clapton, and she's now based in LA. This will be her sixth time at Bluesfest.
"Time will tell, but It is being said that the 2021 Bluesfest line up is the greatest assembly of Australian artists to ever perform at one event," Festival Director Peter Noble OAM says. "My focus right now is on bringing this festival home in 2021."
Bluesfest at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (Byron Bay) takes place 1-5 April, 2021.
Bluesfest 2021 Line-Up
Ocean Alley John Williamson Tex Perkins The Man In Black Jon Stevens Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald Vika & Linda Garrett Kato Mia Dyson
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The Church Kate Miller-Heidke The Living End The Angels Ross Wilson And The Peaceniks Blue King Brown Jeff Lang Kara Grainger Tash Sultana Jimmy Barnes Ziggy Alberts The Teskey Brothers John Butler Xavier Rudd The Cat Empire Kev Carmody Troy Cassar-Daley Briggs Ian Moss Russell Morris Kasey Chambers The Waifs Hiatus Kaiyote Weddings Parties Anything Nathan Cavaleri The Black Sorrows Melbourne Ska Orchestra Chain Backsliders Harts Plays Hendrix Ash Grunwald Kim Churchill Mama Kin Spender The Bamboos All Our Exes Live In Texas Mick Thomas' Roving Commission Dami Im Pierce Brothers Emily Wurramara Roshani Ray Beadle Henry Wagons Hussy Hicks Pacey, King & Doley Daniel Champagne Little Georgia Busking Competition & Winners The Australian Americana Music Honours