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BLUESFEST 2022 OPENING NIGHT

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We apologise to the amazing TAMAM SHUD for previously misspelling their name. They are a legendary artist reforming especially for Bluesfest 2022 – a performance absolutely not to be missed on our Opening Night, teamed with the ELLIS D FOGG‘s 60S PSYCHEDELIC LIQUID LIGHTSHOW ?

DEAR BLUESFESTERS, 

‘Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022’ on Thursday, 14th of April just got a whole lot BIGGER! ?

With some very special appearances and collaborations, this will be a one-off ‘Night Of Nights’ that should not be missed!

“Last week’s announcement of THE CAT EMPIRE’s final show as the original lineup at Bluesfest 2022 was met with such an incredible response… selling thousands of tickets across the festival, including a number of TCE’s fans from across the world coming for this very special moment.

“Today we announce more artists for our very special Opening Night at Bluesfest… Starting with THE HONEYDRIPPER’S DYLAN PARTY… fully curated by JOE CAMILLERI, and featuring his handpicked special guests who will be many of Bluesfest’s favourite artists. It will be a fully rehearsed, one-of-a-kind tribute to Bob Dylan, now in his 80th year – a memorable performance.

“As Otis Redding said, ‘You think we gonna stop now, we’re not gonna stop now…’

“We have classic Australian bands from the late 60s / early 70s who define Progressive Psychedelic music… with a hint of Surf music thrown in. TAMAM SHUD and SPECTRUM are getting out their guitars and drums once again to present the very best music of the period… and on top, the legendary master of the PSYCHEDELIC LIQUID LIGHTSHOW of the 60s & 70s, ELLIS D FOGG is lighting the performances. Maybe it’s not going to be everything you experienced back then (?)… but, it’s going to be as close as you can get all these years later!

“We will be presenting the incredible 16-piece choir from Cairns, Marilya, presenting their deeply moving SPINIFEX GUM… HENRY WAGONS’ musical tribute to Warren ZEVON – ACCIDENTALLY LIKE A MARTYR, the BLUE EMPRESS ALL-STARS featuring the who’s who of Australia’s ‘Ladies of the Blues’… and a whole lot more! Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022 is already going to be very special… and yet, there’s still more to come.”

Peter Noble OAM
Festival Director

TICKET UPDATE! ???

Large vehicle owners! Better jump on to our FINAL RELEASE of ‘5-Day Season Large Vehicle’ camping add-on passes… we’ve just added a bunch to our ticketing site! After they’re gone, there won’t be any more.

Tickets are selling fast across the entire festival… so we’ll keep saying it, best to make your Easter Long Weekend 2022 plans sooner rather than later Bluesfesters! 

After announcing our headliners for the ‘Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022’ last week – THE CAT EMPIRE… plus CARAVANA SUN and TIJUANA CARTEL who will be opening up for them on the same page, now it’s time to get to know the rest of the impressive artists! ?

JOE CAMILLERI PRESENTS THE HONEYDRIPPER’S DYLAN PARTY

Curated especially for Bluesfest, Australian legend JOE CAMILLERI – aka THE HONEYDRIPPER and handpicked Bluesfest favourites share their favourite Dylan songs celebrating the 80th birthday of Bob Dylan. Everyone has a favourite Dylan song – and on Bluesfest 2022’s Opening Night THE HONEYDRIPPER himself will unleash a set full of Dylan classics… READ MORE >

Next, Bluesfest is proud to present a complete ‘60s retro spectacular! There’s a saying, “If you remember the 60’s – then you weren’t really there!” – it was an explosion of music, art, culture, counterculture, youth, psychedelia, and rebellion. Reforming especially for Bluesfest are two of Australia’s legendary progressive rock bands: TAMAM SHUD and SPECTRUM.

Both of these special guests still love creating, recording and performing together in the spirit in which they have always made music, and have been giving us exceptional music since the ‘60s and ‘70s…READ MORE >

TAMAM SHUD

Expect to experience TAMAM SHUD’s “Lady Sunshine”“Too Many Life” and “Bali Shores”, plus “First Things” from the ‘Morning Of The Earth’ Triple Gold soundtrack, as well as much more music from their newer albums.

SPECTRUM

We’ll see SPECTRUM‘s “But That’s Alright” and “Play a Song That I Know”; The Indelible Murtceps’ “Indelible Shuffle” and “Esmeralda”; Ariel’s “Jamaican Farewell” and “Disco Dilemma”… Not to mention the legendary song that started it all, SPECTRUM‘s “I’ll Be Gone (Someday I’ll have money)” of course!
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60S PSYCHEDELIC LIQUID LIGHTSHOW BY ELLIS D FOGG ROGER FOLEY-FOGG

On ‘Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022’, you won’t just hear the music you will see the music as well. Bluesfest is thrilled to welcome ROGER FOLEY-FOGG to re-create his 60’S PSYCHEDELIC LIQUID LIGHTSHOW on Bluesfest 2022 stage, with the iconic legendary bands SPECTRUM and TAMAM SHUD generating the music.

SPINIFEX GUM

Feat. MARLIYA CHOIR, FELIX RIEBL, OLLIE MCGILL, EMMA DONOVAN,
LYN WILLIAMS AM (Choir Director), DEBORAH BROWN (Choreographer)

Bringing together the sound of Marliya Choir – a 16-strong choir of talented young Indigenous female singers from Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, SPINIFEX GUM is led by Lyn Williams, along with the music of Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (from THE CAT EMPIRE) and choreography by Deborah Brown. READ MORE >

KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS

Previously announced on the Bluesfest 2022 lineup, an additional KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS performance has been added to ‘Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022’ – led by  a man with 57 years of professional experience behind him catch Kevin Borich (guitar, vocals), Jon Carson (drums, vocals) and Chris Gilbert (bass, vocals) and transcend into his rock-based funk ‘n’ blues.

ZEVON – ACCIDENTALLY LIKE A MARTYR STARRING HENRY WAGONS

HENRY WAGONS together with his music director, LACHLAN BRYAN, celebrate the song-writing genius of Warren Zevon, who gave us “Werewolves of London”“Lawyers, Guns & Money”“Carmelita” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”…  get front and centre for this deep dive of an iconic artist! READ MORE >

BLUE EMPRESS ALL-STARS

FEAT. FIONA BOYES, CARA ROBINSON, LEESA GENTZ,  JULZ PARKER, ALISON PENNEY KERRI SIMPSON, & SWEET FELICIA

Keeping the Blues alive with a sensational collaboration between some of the greatest vocalists and musicians around! READ MORE >

MINNIE MARKS

Kicking it all off on Thursday is MINNIE MARKS – the Bluesfest Busking Competition winner from 2011, is bringing her insanely powerful voice and dynamic guitar wizardry after too many absent years. READ MORE >

JUZZIE SMITH

JUZZIE is a ridiculously talented one-man band based in Byron that has amassed over 200 million views on social media. Wanna know why?… then be front and centre Thursday 14th of April at Bluesfest 2022 when LIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO BLUESFESTREAD MORE >

These amazing artists join our already MASSIVE ALL-AUSSIE + special guests from NZ Bluesfest 2022 line-up.

After we had the pleasure of announcing the welcoming CARAVÃNA SUN to the Bluesfest stage on our Opening Night next April 2022, we caught up with Antony from the band and talked about their upcoming show where they’ll be sharing the stage with some of their favourite artists and music inspirations!

They shared with us their TOP 5 – and included their fave song too! Check it out! ?

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