The Bluesfest people promised us a first line-up that’s historical, and it’s hard to argue when you take a look at some of the names in there.

These include Bon Iver, Patti Smith, George Benson, Michael Franti and Spearhead and more from overseas, and a killer local line-up of classic and new acts, from Barnesy to Kasey Chambers to The Teskey Brothers and beyond. It’s the biggest first announcement in the history of Bluesfest.

The full first announcement – there’ll be more to come in spring – goes a lot like this: Bon Iver – Patti Smith and Her Band – Jimmy Barnes – George Benson – The Teskey Brothers – John Butler – Xaiver Rudd – The Cat Empire – Kool & The Gang – The Gipsy Kings – Kasey Chambers – The Waifs – Troy Cassar-Daley – Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Wailers Perform Songs from Legend LP – Morcheeba – The Black Sorrows – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Tori Kelly – Buffy Sainte-Marie – Themarcus King Band – Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Jimmie Vaughan – John Mayall – Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Chain – Larkin Poe – Weddings, Parties, Anything (exclusive show) – Backsliders – Harts Plays Hendrix – Ash Grunwald – The War & Treaty – Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles – Walter Trout – The Bamboos – Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission – Dami Im – Pierce Brothers – Emily Wurramara– Roshani – Ray Beadle – Henry Wagons – Hussy Hicks – Pacey, King & Doley – Daniel Champagne – Nathan Cavaleri – Little Georgia

Jimmy Barnes

Punters can also look forward to the Bluesfest Busking Competion and Winners, as well as the Australian Americana Music Honours.

Festival director Peter Noble says of the announcement, “When Bluesfest 2020 was ordered by the Government to shut-down 2020 we immediately put our noses to the grindstone within days of the cancellation and got on with 2021. This artist announce is a testament to that fortitude. As this country’s most highly awarded music festival, we are working with government to find the best possible outcomes for Bluesfest 2021. We want to present another great event, one that is safe and with best-practise protocols implemented on every level. We need it, the music industry needs it and the greater community needs it. Together we will find the most prudent pathway to revive the live music industry, an industry that is aching to get back to work ASAP.”

All tickets for Bluesfest 2021 are on sale now, just pop along here.