Bluesfest confirms it will go ahead this April amidst coronavirus upsets

With festival cancellations increasing at an alarming rate, it comes as a relief to hear that Bluesfest will definitely be going ahead. In a statement made to Junkee, Bluesfest organisers have confirmed that the news.

The festival is set to take place in Byron Bay this coming April, with the likes of Crowded House, Patti Smith, and many more on the bill.

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Despite an unfolding climate of festival cancellations due to coronavirus, Bluesfest has confirmed that it will go ahead this coming April.

“Bluesfest has always, and will always take the necessary actions to protect our patrons,” the statement described.

“All events of a public nature in Australia are proceeding in the Entertainment and Sporting areas, and we look forward to presenting our best Bluesfest yet. It’s business as usual. We are a fully insured event, and our customers are protected should anything change.” Phew.

The news comes after Dark Mofo this morning became the first Australian festival to be cancelled due to the feared impact of coronavirus.

Elsewhere, SXSW has already been cancelled, with the festival announcing attendees will not be able to receive refunds, whilst Coachella is similarly looking likely to face cancellation.

Bluesfest is set to take place at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm on Easter Weekend, from Thursday the 9th to Monday the 13th of April. Check out the full lineup below, and head here for tickets.

Check out Happy Mag’s guide to Bluesfest 2020 here.

Bluesfest Full Lineup

Crowded House, Patti Smith and Her Band, Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Dave Matthews Band, George Benson, Brandi Carlile, Kool & the Gang, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire, The Waifs, Morcheeba, John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, John Mayall, The Wailers, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimmie Vaughan, The Gipsy Kings ft. Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, The Waterboys, Eagles Of Death Metal, Ani DiFranco, Amadou & Mariam, Ash Grunwald, Guy Sebastian, The Marcus King Band, Walter Trout, Tori Kelly, The Allman Betts Band, Allen Stone, Dweezil Zappa, Troy Cassar-Daley, Erja Lyytinen, Chain, LP, Zucchero, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Yola, Tal Wilkenfeld, Joachim Cooder, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, Greensky Bluegrass, Larkin Poe, The War & Treaty, Emily Wurramara, Harts plays Hendrix, Micki Free, Hussy Hicks, Here Come The Mummies, Dami Im, Morgane Ji, Dirty Honey, Roshani, MY BABY, LamBros., The Regime


Trombone Shorty & Orleans, The Bamboos, The Sensations, Ray Beadle (Acoustic), Henry Wagons, Pacey, King &. Doley, Daniel Champagne, Nathan Cavaleri, Little Georgia, Round Mountain Girls, Electrik Lemonade (2019 busking comp winner), Palm Valley (2019 busking comp grommet winner)