Bluesfest 2023: Our handpicked schedule for an unforgettable long weekend -

Bluesfest 2023: Our handpicked schedule for an unforgettable long weekend

Welcome to Bluesfest, where the music never stops and the good times never end. With a lineup stacked with some of the biggest names in music, we have curated the perfect itinerary.

Listen up, music lovers! The countdown to Bluesfest 2023 is on, and it’s time to start planning your perfect festival schedule. With a lineup that’s positively bursting with musical talent – from Bonnie Raitt to Elvis Costello to The Doobie Brothers – it can be tough to figure out how to fit it all in. But fear not, dear reader, for we’ve got you covered.

Here at Happy, we’ve spent countless hours combing through the lineup, weighing the pros and cons of each performance, and crafting the ultimate festival itinerary. Whether you’re a die-hard blues fan or a curious newcomer looking to discover your new favourite artist, we’ve got something for everyone.

So grab a pen and paper, get ready to take some notes, and let’s dive into the best ways to experience Bluesfest 2023. From must-see headliners to hidden gems, we’ve got all the insider tips and tricks to help you make the most of this incredible musical extravaganza. Let’s do this!

nikki hill bluesfest 2023

On Thursday, kick things off right with the Welcome to Country ceremony, a beautiful way to honour the traditional custodians of the land. Then, stick around for the heavenly RnB stylings of Nikki Hill, whose infectious energy is sure to get you grooving. Soak up some pure country with Lucinda Williams, then head to see Dog Trumpet, and don’t let their humble name fool you – the O’Doherty brothers are the original members of Mental As Anything, and are total legends. 

paulo nutini bluesfest 2023

As the sun sets, it’s time to crank things up a notch. Paulo Nutini takes the stage at 8:30, followed by the one and only Elvis Costello and the Imposters. You’ll need a hard-earned drink after that, but trust us – it’s only the beginning.

Elvis Costello bluesfest 2023

On day two, Frank Sultana kicks things off with his soulful blues, followed by the irrepressible Fools. But don’t dally at the food stalls – Robert Glasper is up next, and you won’t want to miss a single note. Steve Earle takes over the Delta stage at 4:30, paving the way for Keb Mo’s smooth stylings.

steve earl

As the evening draws on, it’s a no-brainer to head over to Beck at 7:30. And if we have our way, we’ll stick around for the surprise act before rocking out with Gang of Youths at 10:30. Hell yeah indeed.

gang of youths

Saturday brings even more musical magic, with Jerome Williams and Hussy Hicks leading the charge. But make sure you’re at Crossroads for Buddy Guy, a true legend of the blues. And for us, it’s all about Counting Crows – because let’s face it, who can resist the allure of “Mr. Jones”?

bonnie raitt

Sunday is a day for soothing sounds and good vibes. Rockwiz kicks things off, followed by the Round Mountain Girls and Yirrmal. Refuel for Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt, two icons of American music. And don’t miss Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue over at Crossroads.

michael franti and spearhead

On Monday, ease into the day with Steven and the Seagulls, Backsliders, and Steve Poltz. Jon Stevens brings the vibes at 3:30, followed by a gorgeous acoustic set from Beth Hart. And then, it’s time to let loose with Michael Franti and Spearhead, lastly, spend the last night of what will have been the best 4 days of your life, with The Doobie Brothers. 

doobie brothers

So there you have it, folks – our ultimate guide to navigating Bluesfest 2023. With so much incredible music on offer, it’s impossible to see it all. But with a little bit of planning and a lot of heart, we know you’ll have the time of your life. See you at the festival!

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