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Bluesfest Comes To Melbourne!

Bluesfest the Melbourne Edition

Iconic Bluesfest Heads To Melbourne in 2023

8 and 9 April

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Australia’s premier and largest contemporary blues and roots music festival is coming to Melbourne for the very first time in 2023.

The award winning Bluesfest in Byron Bay has been showcasing the biggest names in music from around the world every Easter long weekend since 1990 and now will migrate to Melbourne on Saturday April 8 and Sunday 9 April 2023. The venue will be the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre positioned on the banks of the beautiful Birrarung (Yarra River) which will mean a full weather-proof event in a large urban precinct.  With multiple indoor theatres and stages, fantastic food and drink, family entertainment and so much more to ensure that the first ever Bluesfest Melbourne will be spectacular.

Across two incredible days, Bluesfest Melbourne will feature performances from extraordinary International acts and the cream of Australian talent including: Ash Grunwald, Buddy Guy, The Doobie Brothers*, Greensky Bluegrass, Henry Wagons, Kaleo, Kasey Chambers, Keb’ Mo’, Lucinda Williams, Paolo Nutini*,  Robert Glasper, Steve Earle and more!

Bluesfest chief Peter Noble has joined forces with Melbourne-based music industry veteran Neil Croker to put on this exciting event. A range of ticket options will be available and will go on sale Monday 14 November at 9am through ticketmaster.com.au

Heres a taste of artists to come; 
[IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER] 

ASH GRUNWALD | BACKSLIDERS | BUDDY GUY | CHAIN | CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM

C.W. STONEKING & HIS PRIMITIVE HORN ORCHESTRA | THE DOOBIE BROTHERS | ERIC GALES |

EUGENE HIDEAWAY BRIDGES | FOOLS | GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS |

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS | HENRY WAGONS | KALEO | KASEY CHAMBERS | KEB’ MO’ |

LUCINDA WILLIAMS | MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA | PAOLO NUTINI | ROBERT GLASPER |

SHAUN KIRK | THE SOUL REBELS with TALIB KWELI . GZA | SOUTHERN AVENUE |

 STEVE EARLE | XAVIER RUDD

*The Doobie Brothers & Paolo Nutini will perform in reserved seat Plenary theatre concerts in their only Melbourne shows.

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Author: Rob Dickens

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2 Comments

  1. Will there be seating during the day at Melbourne Bluesfest?

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    • Hi Paul. The short answer is we don’t know for sure. We suspect that the multiple performance spaces will have limited seating. Why? Because of the lineup which will not lend themselves to fixed seat “listening rooms”, plus the seating model in Byron has always been very limited (much to the chagrin of older punters). There will be seating outside, even if it’s on the grass. For a definitive answer the contact page on the festival website follows. If you find out, let us know! We are sure looking forward to covering this event! Cheers Rob from team LTTL. https://bluesfestmelbourne.com.au/contact/

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