Modest Mouse, Kamasi Washington & more added to Bluesfest 2016

Bluesfest is the festival that just won’t stop giving. We thought that the announcement of headliner Kendrick Lamar was big enough. Then, just casually, D’Angelo joined the party.

This of course, was in addition to artists including The National, City and Colour, The Cat Empire, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tom Jones, Melissa Etheridge, Hiatus Kaiyote, Houndmouth, Cold War Kids and Don McLean. And you know, a few hundred more.

Now, a whopping ten new acts have been added to the bill. Modest Mouse will be visiting graving us with a REALLY OVERDUE visit, alongside jazz legend Kamasi Washington, who was supposed to touch down for the cancelled October festival Soulfest. Read our interview with Washington here. They will be joined by Richard Clapton, Ash Grunwald and more.

It’s interesting to see that in a time where festivals are shutting down left, right and centre, a festival like Bluesfest – hugely diverse, not necessarily packed with the most current chart-toppers and catered to a primarily older crowd – is only getting bigger and better each year.


Modest Mouse
Richard Clapton
Ash Grunwald
Graham Nash
Kamasi Washington
Elle King
Blind Boy Paxton
Dustin Thomas
Wards Xpress
Raw Earth.

Bluesfest will take place from March 24 2016 – March 28 2016 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, NSW. Tickets and more details here.



The above artists will be joining the following:


The National
City And Colour
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue
Joe Bonamassa – Bluesfest exclusive
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Cat Empire
Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real
The Word
Rhiannon Giddens
Janiva Magness
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Allen Stone
The Selecter
Shakey Graves
Songhoy Blues


Melissa Etheridge
Kendrick Lamar
Tom Jones
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
The Decemberists
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Steve Earle and The Dukes
The Wailers
Grace Potter
Lord Huron
Nahko and Medicine For The People
Vintage Trouble
Lucky Peterson
Blackberry Smoke


D’Angelo And The Vanguard
Cold War Kids
Hiatus Kaiyote
Fantastic Negrito
Con Brio
Mike Love
The Bros. Landreth
Kim Churchill
Mojo Juju
Pierce Brothers
Steve Smyth


The “Original” Blues Brothers Band
Don McLean
Russell Morris
The Blind Boys Of Alabama
Jeff Martin (The Tea Party)
Archie Roach
Tex Perkins & The Ape
The Mastersons
Hussy Hicks
East Journey