Daily playing schedule announced for Bluesfest 2023

Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, Joe Bonamassa, King Gizzard, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Guy, Tash Sultana and Marcus King are among the festival's first 40 acts

After rounding August out by revealing the dates and first names on the line-up for next year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest, organisers have now announced which days they’ll be playing – see the full breakdown below.

Among the international names on the first line-up announcement are Elvis Costello & The Imposters along with Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. Elsewhere on the bill are the likes of Michael Franti And Spearhead, Steve Earle And The Dukes, plus The Soul Rebels – who’ll be joined by special guests Talib Kweli, GZA and Big Freedia.

Gang Of Youths will also be returning home to Australia for an exclusive appearance at Bluesfest. Other homegrown acts include King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Tash Sultana, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire and Spinifex Gum featuring Marliya. Most of the artists billed will perform multiple times across the five-day festival.

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Further line-up announcements are set to come in the following weeks and months. There will also be satellite events taking place in Melbourne and Perth, as well as side shows. Some of the acts on the first line-up announcement have already announced their own headline shows – such as Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples.

The festival itself is set to return to Byron Events Farm in Tyagarah, and will run over April 6-10 next year. Five-day, VIP and camping tickets are on sale now.

“For the first time since 2019, Bluesfest is presenting a fully international festival experience like the legendary ones we did before the COVID-era,” commented Festival Director Peter Noble in a statement.

“Whilst there are still plenty of Aussie artists listed in this first and upcoming announcements it is wonderful to once again in 2023, after four long years be able to bring back some of the greatest blues, roots, soul, rock, hip hop, R&B, world and Americana artists (and so much more) back to our shores after so long. As well as, of course, the stars of tomorrow.”

Noble added: “To all Bluesfest fans, artists, suppliers, contractors, volunteers and to my dedicated team – thank you so much for your belief and your support. Together we’ve endured a few hard years. It’s time to get excited… time to come out and play, and to enjoy an experience like no other.”

After its 2020 and 2021 editions were cancelled due to COVID-19, Bluesfest returned in April this year, with a predominantly Australian line-up that included the likes of Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Jimmy BarnesThe Teskey Brothers, Crowded House, Amy Shark, The Cat Empire, George BensonThe Wailers and more.

The first line-up announcement for Bluesfest 2023 is:

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THURSDAY APRIL 6
Beth Hart*
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Eric Gales
Greensky Bluegrass 

Joe Camilleri presents A Star Studded Tribute To The Greats Of The Blues 
Kaleo
Keb’ Mo’ Band
Larkin Poe
LP
Lucinda Williams

Nikki Hill*
Southern Avenue
Spinfex Gum feat. Marlya
Steve Earle & The Dukes

FRIDAY APRIL 7
19-Twenty
Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Gang Of Youths

Greensky Bluegrass
Kaleo
Keb’ Mo’ Band
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

Larkin Poe
LP
Lucinda Williams
Marcus King
Nikki Hill*
Sothern Avenue

Spinfex Gum feat. Marliya
Steve Earl & The Dukes

SATURDAY APRIL 8
19-Twenty
The Black Sorrows
Beth Hart (Solo*)
Buddy Guy (The Final Tour Of Australia)

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
Eric Gales
Jackson Browne
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Joe Bonamassa*
Marcus King
Nikki Hill*

SUNDAY APRIL 9
19-Twenty
The Barnestormers
The Black Sorrows
Bonnie Raitt
Chain 

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
Lachy Dolyey & The Horns Of Conviction 

Mavis Staples
Michael Fanti & Spearhead
Robert Glasper
Rockwiz Live 

The Soul Rebels & Friends with Special Guests Talib Kwell, Gza & Big Freedia
Tash Sultana 

MONDAY APRIL 10
Beth Hart*
Bonnie Raitt
The Cat Empire
Chain
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force 

Jon Stevens
Lachy Doley & The Horns Of Conviction
Mavis Staples

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Nikki Hill*
Robert Glasper 

Rockwiz Live
The Soul Rebels
Xavier Rudd

* exclusive to Bluesfest 2023

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