Bluesfest 2021 reschedule line up: Midnight Oil to headline with Paul Kelly, Tash Sultana and Chisel

Bluesfest headliners: Peter Garrett and Midnight Oil will play the opening night show of Bluesfest. Picture: Simone De Peak
Bluesfest headliners: Peter Garrett and Midnight Oil will play the opening night show of Bluesfest. Picture: Simone De Peak

Peter Noble will never quit.

Noble, the indefatigable founder of Bluesfest, has announced the line-up for the 32nd Byron Bay Bluesfest, now running October 1-4, with Midnight Oil as the opening night headliner on Friday, October 1.

"Midnight Oil headlined Bluesfest in 2001, just before their extended hiatus," Noble says.

"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."

Legends: Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss will play Bluesfest. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Legends: Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss will play Bluesfest. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Bluesfest, postponed on the eve of its annual show at Easter due to COVID concerns, will run October 1-4 at the Byron Events Farm (formerly the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm).

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Paul Kelly will co-headline the Saturday Bluesfest program with Tash Sultana.

Coming: Steve Kilbey and The Church. Picture: Paul Dear

Coming: Steve Kilbey and The Church. Picture: Paul Dear

The other 58 acts at Bluesfest will include:

  • 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 and Palm Valley
  • Plus the Byron Busking Competition.

Season tickets go on sale from 9am, Thursday, May 20. Three-day tickets and one-day tickets, plus camping and VIP tickets will be on sale soon. Visit bluesfest.com.au.

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