Bluesfest Teasing Massive 2023 Line-up

25 August 2022 | 2:48 pm | Dan Cribb

Big things to come!

With Bluesfest’s first 2023 artist announcement looming, Festival Director Peter Noble has teased big things to come.

Confirming the reveal for the 34th festival will take place next Thursday, September 1, at 7am AEST, Noble added that it will contain a mix of legendary and rising blues and roots artists, “AND more… because that is what we do.”

“We will be having a special focus on guitar slingers who play the blues, as well as Americana artists… but, if you are looking for more, we will have that as well,” he said.

All 5-Day season tickets - including 5-Day festival entry, 5-Day camping and add-ons, 5-Day parking and the “all-improved 5-Day VIP tickets” - will also go on sale next week.

On the VIP tickets, Noble said: “We have taken on all the feedback from our recent event to bring you an all-new VIP experience. Think double the area, double the exclusivity, and double the service. We’ll have much more VIP information to share next week!”

He added: “Thank you for your support as we look forward to three and a half decades soon of presenting the music you have shown us you love.”

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Last month, it was revealed that the festival’s glorious return this past April provided a $272 million boost to Australia's gross regional product.  

Featuring the likes of Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, The Living End and stacks more, it was the first full five-day event for Bluesfest, usually held annually over the Easter Long Weekend, since 2019 and drew a crowd of over 48,000 people, a near 30% increase on the 2019 festival figures.

“It was hard work - but the Bluesfest team, God bless them, pulled through,” Noble said at the time.

“The music was brilliant and the vibe was electric!”

Only a couple of weeks ago Bluesfest Touring announced two massive tours for April 2023, Bonnie Raitt, joined by special guests Mavis Staples, and Marcus King.

We can’t wait to see who graces the first artist announcement next week.