MIDNIGHT OIL TO HEADLINE OPENING NIGHT OF BLUESFEST
Who would have thought after the cancellation of Bluesfest last Easter by a Public Health Order, less than 24 hours before the gates were due to open, due to one local case of transmission, that sent shockwaves through our industry, and traumatised everyone who had been working on presenting Bluesfest at Easter, that six weeks later they would be announcing a re-scheduled festival, and a week later, today the artists.
This October, Bluesfest will be the first major festival to return, since COVID-19 struck, with a multi-day, multi-stage, camping event and almost all the artists due to play at Easter will return to play.
PLUS, they’re thrilled to announce that MIDNIGHT OIL have agreed to join the All-Aussie lineup and headline the opening night – FRI 1st OCT 2021 and that PAUL KELLY will co-headline SAT 2nd OCT 2021, alongside TASH SULTANA.
MIDNIGHT OIL have announced that they will be following up last October’s collaborative album, “The Makarrata Project”, by launching their first Midnight Oil studio album in nearly 20 years around Bluesfest time…. and will be featuring these new songs plus a greatest hits set.
PAUL KELLY – ARIA Hall of Famer and National Treasure, Paul returns to co-headline Bluesfest for the 8th time. It’s a certainty that Paul, as always, will bring his full band and deliver a unique live set for our Bluesfest audience.
TASH SULTANA will be showcasing their latest album “Terra Firma”, which gave them their debut #1 on the ARIA album charts and has already spawned 5 singles. Tash, who has never failed to deliver a next-level performance, will be bringing their exciting new band to Bluesfest for the first time.
JIMMY BARNES will ‘Barnestorm’ Bluesfest with an explosive set jam-packed with songs from his new album, “Flesh and Blood” and his classic hits.
All the headliners will perform their full shows of between 90 and 120 minutes
These, plus so many other great artists, are headlining the October Long Weekend Bluesfest. For all the latest information on the line-up or artists please see here.
Bluesfest was recently named as a finalist in the Pollstar Awards nominations for ‘MUSIC FESTIVAL OF THE DECADE’, making us one of the Top Ten Festivals globally, alongside Glastonbury Festival, Coachella, Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Lollapalooza USA & Brazil, Austin City Limits and others. What an honour it is to be the only Australian festival, event or venue to be nominated for this award, celebrating ‘the most artistically and commercially successful festival of the last decade providing the most rewarding experience for fans and artists’.
Season tickets on sale 09:00AM Thursday 20th may via Moshtix.
3 Day and 1 Day tickets plus camping and VIP on sale soon.
- Dom DiSisto