Introducing our Guide to Byron Bay Bluesfest
Photo: Bluesfest 2012 by Johnny Au for The AU Review
Byron Bay, Australia -- Byron Bay Bluesfest has been a top ranking Aussie festival since its inception 24 years ago. With 13 awards and 11 nominations, Bluesfest truly deserves the nickname "Australia's premier Blues & Roots Music Festival," and with a killer lineup including Paul Simon, Ben Harper, Santana, and Iggy and The Stooges announced for 2013, it doesn't look like this title will be going away anytime soon.
On par with its lineup is its location - Byron Bay, known around the world for its unparalleled beaches and laid-back lifestyle (the subculture of hippies is alive and well!). A trip to Bluesfest can just as easily be spent exclusively on the festival grounds and adjacent campsite as it can with a combination of festival and surf.
Despite being Cultivora's resident Australian, we wanted to ensure our Bluesfest recommendations were not only tinged with some Aussie knowledge but took advantage of the full expertise of Australia-based music festival experts. Hence, we enlisted the help of friends Larry Heath and Lucy Inglis of The AU Review.
Head to our Festival Guide to Bluesfest to plan your trip to the festival this March 28-April 1. Need to know the rundown of the festival, where to stay, how to get there? Start here.
Full Lineup: Paul Simon, Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters, Ben Harper, Santana, Iggy and The Stooges, Ben Harper and band with Charlie Musselwhite, Steve Miller Band, Counting Crows, Wilco, Jason Mraz, Many Chao La Ventura, The Lumineers, Rodriguez, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Status Quo, Zac Brown Band, Roger Hodgson - Supertramp, Dropkick Murphys, Jimmy Cliff, Rufus Wainwright, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Cat Empire, Taj Mahal Trio, Robert Cray, Shuggie Otis, Ben Howard, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Jon Anderson - Yes, Joan Armatrading, Fat Freddy's Drop, Xavier Rudd, Glen Hansard with The Frames, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Fred Wesley & The New JB's, The Break, Grace Potter, Playing for Change, Karise Eden, The Music Maker Blues Revue, Bettye LaVette, Ruthie Foster, Wanda Jackson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Soja, Tony Joe White, Luka Bloom, Mark Seymour and The Undertow, Shawn Colvin, Newton Faulkner, Michael Kiwanuka, William Elliott Whitmore, Leonardo's Bride, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Bamboos, Beasts of Bourbon, The Beards, Jake Shimabukuro, Current Swell, Damien Dempsey, Tav Falco & The Panther Burns, JD McPherson, Busby Marou, Nicky Bomba's Bustamento, Hat Fitz & Cara, The Snowdroppers, King Cannons, Matt Andersen, Seth Lakeman, Grey Ghost, Chris Smither, Saskwatch, Go Jane Go, Skippng Girl Vinegar, Allen Stone, Ben Caplan, Kim Churchill, Mason Rock Band, Round Mountain Girls, The McMenamins, Shaun Kirk, The Wilson Pickers, Wards Xpress, Lil' Fi & The Dirty Rascals, Genevieve Chadwick, The Songs of The Haight Ashbury Stage Show, Brother Fox, RocKwiz Live
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