Bluesfest first lineup 2013: “It is going to be the best Bluesfest EVER”

Ben Harper can’t stay away from Bluesfest and they’ll be back in 2013 joining Iggy and The Stooges, Wilco, and Santana on the lineup.

The first of “many major announcements” for Bluesfest also includes the return of Glen Hansard, Dropkick Murphys, and Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls plus the chance to sing about Space Cowboys with the Steve Miller Band and Wicked Games with Chris Isaak.

In the lead up to the big announcement for the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 lineup, festival boss Peter Noble declared that he was thrilled with the lineup for the festival. “It is going to be the best Bluesfest EVER, hands down, no doubt,” Noble boasted. “I don’t think we have EVER had a year like it … The artists who have confirmed their appearances have surpassed my wildest dreams – almost everyone, who we have offered to come, has said yes! Bluesfest 2011 sold out so quickly – and next year is looking MUCH stronger in terms of artists we are presenting.”

Speaking with FL back in 2010 Noble spoke candidly about his passion for booking said ‘old favourites’, “Mike Franti we kinda do it every two years and Ben Harper ends up an average of every three years. Jack Johnson’s about once every 4 of 5 years…and certainly Xavier Rudd.” So it’s no surprise to find Ben Harper back on the bill, but can Bluesfest fill the bingo card by adding Johnson, Rudd, Franti and John Butler on the next announcement?

Bluesfest 2013 first lineup

Ben Harper


Iggy and The Stooges

Chris Isaak

Steve Miller Band


Dropkick Murphys

Glen Hansard with The Frames

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Newton Faulkner

William Elliott Whitmore

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls

Grace Potter

Playing For Change

Ben Caplan

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay

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