Blues & roots festival Bluesfest comes to Melbourne for the first time


Bluesfest has become synonymous with Byron Bay over the years, but the iconic blues & roots festival is coming to Melbourne for the very first time.

Bluesfest will come to Australia’s cultural capital on Saturday April 8 and Sunday April 9, with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center set to be transformed into a weatherproof festival precinct.

With multiple indoor stages, mouth-watering food and drink, family entertainment and more, there should be plenty to ensure that the first Bluesfest Melbourne gets off to a winning start.

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“I’m so excited to bring Australia’s biggest music festival, Bluesfest Byron Bay, to the south to present a first-ever two-day indoor music festival,” said Bluesfest Director Peter Noble.

“We will be bringing some of the best international and local artists performing at Bluesfest alongside the fantastic artists of Melbourne to create an experience for music lovers unparalleled in this city.

“Offering customers the chance to see over 30 performances over a two-day period in a weatherproof, accessible and safe environment, right in the heart of the Melbourne and Docklands area. I see Bluesfest Melbourne becoming a fixture on the annual events calendar.

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You can see the current list of artists heading to Bluesfest Melbourne below, including iconic names such as Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers, Buddy Guy and Steve Earle.

Tickets for Bluesfest Melbourne 2023 will go on sale Monday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. local time through Ticketmaster.

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Lineup for Bluesfest Melbourne 2023

ASH GRUNWALD | RECOVERY | MY FRIEND | CHAIN ​​| CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM

CW STONEKING & HIS PRIMITIVE HORN ORCHESTRA | THE DOOBIE BROTHERS* | ERIC GALES

EUGENE HIDEAWAY BRIDGES | CRAZY | GEOFF ACHISON AND THE SOULDIGGERS

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS | HENRY TROLLEYS | KALEO | KASEY ROOMS | KEB’MO’

LUCINDA WILLIAMS | MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA | PAOLO NUTINI* | Robert Glasper

SHAUN KIRK | LES SOUL REBELS with TALIB KWELI. GZA | SOUTH AVENUE |

STEVE EARLE | XAVIER RUDD

*performing only in reserved-seat plenary theater performances

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