Midnight Oil To Headline October Bluesfest

Midnight Oil Photo: Oliver Eclipse

Bluesfest has announced that this October’s rescheduled event – the first major festival to return, since COVID-19 struck – will be headlined by Midnight Oil and that many of the artists originally slated to play at Easter are back on the bill. The festival will run from Friday October 1 to Monday October 4.

The Oils will headline the All-Aussie lineup on opening night, Friday October 1. Paul Kelly will co-headline Saturday October 2 alongside Tash Sultana.

“This is so special for me to announce – a moment I have been waiting years to happen,” said Festival Director Peter Noble. “Midnight Oil headlined Bluesfest in 2002, just before their extended hiatus. It has always been my ambition to once again present the ‘holy grail of Australian artists’ at Bluesfest and have approached them every year, redoubling my efforts since their reformation in 2017. And now, to have Midnight Oil headline our opening night and launch their new album – it’s a dream come true. There is so much to look forward to in October.”

Midnight Oil have announced that they will be following up last October’s collaborative album, The Makarrata Project, by launching their first Midnight Oil studio album in nearly 20 years around Bluesfest time…. and will be featuring these new songs plus a greatest hits set.
Paul Kelly – ARIA Hall of Famer – returns to co-headline Bluesfest for the eighth time.
All the headliners will perform their full shows of between 90 and 120 minutes

Season tickets on sale 09:00AM Thursday 20th may via Moshtix.
3 Day and 1 Day tickets plus camping and VIP on sale soon.


Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Tash Sultana, Jimmy Barnes, Ocean Alley Ziggy Alberts, All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Angels, Backsliders, The Bamboos, Ray Beadle, The Black Sorrows, Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers, Briggs, The Buckleys, John Butler, Troy Cassar-Daley, The Cat Empire, Kate Ceberano, Nathan Cavaleri,  Chain, Kasey Chambers, Daniel Champagne, The Church, Kim Churchill, Electric Lemonade, Ash Grunwald, Hiatus Kaiyote, Hussy Hicks, Dami Im, JK-47, Garrett Kato, Declan Kelly, Lambros, Jeff Lang, Little Georgia, The Living End, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Kate Miller-Heidke, Russell Morris, Ian Moss, Pete Murray, Tex Perkins The Man In Black, Pacey, King & Doley, Palm Valley, Pierce Brothers, The Regime, Roshani, Round Mountain Girls, Xavier Rudd, Mark Seymour & The Undertow, Mama Kin Spender,  Jon Stevens, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission, Vika & Linda, Henry Wagons, The Waifs, Weddings Parties Anything, Ross Wilson And The Peaceniks, Emily Wurramara, Byron Busking Competition