Feeling spoilt for choice? Make your Bluesfest 2018 the best ever with our top 5 acts on the lineup

With Christmas banging down the door, naturally the next holiday we start to think of is Easter and for the Australian music scene, Easter means one thing… Bluesfest. The iconic Byron Bay phenomenon is back for yet another year and bringing with it some of the best local and international acts in the biz.

The upcoming lineup includes Tash Sultana, Robert Plant and The Sensational Spaceshifters, John Butler Trio and a bunch yet to be announced. To make your job easier we have come up with five dope acts who will be taking the stage come April and whose shows we implore you not to miss.


Wondering which are the unmissable acts at Byron Bay Bluesfest this year? We’ve got you sorted with our top 5 picks.

Harry Manx

The Canadian blues, folk and Hindustani multi instrumentalist is back down under and this is not a show to be missed.

With a career spanning over thirty years and one of the most unique world sounds you’ll ever hear, his soulful, blues vocals blended with exquisite sitar and guitar make for an unbelievable performance.


The Norwegian song master is coming to Australian shores for the second time in one year following his national tour in July. Playing songs off his recently released record Afterglow, fans of Bjork, Dustin Tebutt and Aurora will not want to miss this set.

First Aid Kit

After a killer few years, Swedish indie folk duo First Aid Kit are back in the mix and likely to bring the crowd forward to the barriers.

With their epic blues and country fusion, these girls are going to have everyone up and dancing. With a highly anticipated record out in January titled Ruins, there is likely to be plenty of new material to get around.

Lionel Richie

No one fills a dance floor like Lionel Richie, his music really eclipses generations and brings everyone together. More than just a classic hit, Richie is a pop icon.

Far from winding down, the superstar is continuing on stronger than ever. Get ready to party all night long, Bluesfest.

The New Power Generation

A fan of Prince? Then you have to get around The New Power Generation. The original backing band for Prince, these guys know how to fill a room and make it heave.

Delivering some of the best live shows pop has ever known, The New Power Generation have come together for a world tour, delivering hit after hit as well as tributes to the late purple lord.

Bluesfest Byron Bay kicks off over the Easter Long Weekend, running from the 29th of March to the 2nd of April. Tickets are still available but this will not last for long, so get in quick!