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Bluesfest Byron Bay Unveils 2024 Playing Schedule

8 February 2024 | 11:22 am | Mary Varvaris

As well as sharing its playing schedule today, Bluesfest festival organisers have dropped another bombshell: a surprise “major announcement” will be revealed this weekend.

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The 2024 Bluesfest Byron Bay playing schedule is here well ahead of time, with the festival set to begin on Thursday, 28 March.

To date, the beloved festival has shared five artist announcements. As well as sharing its enormous playing schedule today, Bluesfest festival organisers have dropped another bombshell: a surprise “major announcement” will be revealed this weekend.

“If you cast your eyes over the schedule, you will see there is one spot marked MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! That means only one thing... We have another artist to announce,” festival organisers teased in a press release.

And when you can expect it? “This time, we'll be making our announcement at 9 am this Sunday, 11 February. It's going to be big!”

Bluesfest Byron Bay 2024 is just 50 days away, and with the arrival of the set times, punters can plan for their festival experience. You can check out this year’s playing schedule below.

The first artist announcement for this year’s festival, which landed in August, was led by Jack Johnson (Bluesfest exclusive), Tom Jones, The Teskey Brothers, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos, and Tommy Emmanuel, while the second (announced in September) revealed the likes of The Cruel Sea, Rickie Lee Jones, Dan Sultan and Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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The third announcement, which arrived in November, added Portugal. The Man, Snarky Puppy and Pierce Brothers, while December’s fourth announcement included PJ Morton and Allman Betts Family Revival. The fifth announcement, which was revealed last month, added Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, the Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica and Slipknot supergroup Infectious Grooves, Katie Melua (performing her first Australian show in nearly 20 years), The Waifs, Yirrmal and Brad Cox.

You can find the complete Bluesfest Byron Bay 2024 artist announcements below.

BYRON BAY BLUESFEST 2024

FIFTH ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Infectious Grooves

Katie Melua

The Waifs

Brad Cox

Yirrmal

Dirty Honey

Jerome Williams

Ben Swissa

eMDee

Perry Street Park

Da Manager

 

FOURTH ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

PJ Morton

Allman Betts Family Revival

 

THIRD ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

Portugal. The Man

Ziggy Alberts

Snarky Puppy

Blind Boys Of Alabama

Meshell Ndegeocello

Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers

The Turner Brown Band

Pierce Brothers

Velvet Trip

ROSHANI

Sweet Talk

 

SECOND ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Cruel Sea

Taj Mahal

Tim Finn

Ian Moss

Rickie Lee Jones

Dan Sultan

The Whitlams Black Stump Band

COTERIE

Playing For Change Band

Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul

Jackie Venson

WILSN

Caravãna Sun

Women Of Soul Collective

 

FIRST ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

Jack Johnson

Tom Jones

The Teskey Brothers

Matt Corby

L.A.B

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos

Tommy Emmanuel

The Dead South

The Paper Kites

Drive-By Truckers

Newton Faulkner

Steve Poltz

19-Twenty

Taj Farrant

Erja Lyytinen

Harry Manx

Here Come The Mummies

Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong

Little Quirks

Hussy Hicks

Blues Arcadia

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