Early 2021 is starting to look mighty fine, with Bluesfest today announcing a slew of rescheduled tours for the likes of Patti Smith & Her Band, George Benson, The Gipsy Kings and more.

The beloved Byron Bay festival was cancelled back in March due to the COVID pandemic and along with it a stack of exciting sideshows around the country were postponed.

After confirming the festival will return in 2021, the Bluesfest team have now announced that 14 tours have been rescheduled.

“As restrictions begin to lift and people dream of days when we can dance again, Bluesfest Touring is thrilled to announce that (at least) fourteen of its cancelled 2020 artists will be returning in 2021,” a statement reads.

“The team has been hard at work along with artist’s management to ensure there will be a future for international touring in Australia in 2021, and with the space of a good ten to twelve months we can be confident – we will dance again!”

Alongside the below tours, it's expected that new dates will be announced for Allen Stone and Eagles Of Death Metal soon.

The rescheduled tour dates follow on from festival director Peter Noble OAM being named in the 2019 Power 50 as one of the most influential people in the Australian music industry.

For more details on any of the below dates, head over to theGuide.

George Benson

25 Mar – State Theatre, Sydney 

26 Mar – State Theatre, Sydney  

31 Mar – Palais Theatre, Melbourne 

1 Apr – Palais Theatre, Melbourne 

Patti Smith & Her Band

28 Mar – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

29 Mar – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

4 Apr - Enmore Theatre, Sydney

5 Apr- Enmore Theatre, Sydney

The Gipsy Kings

31 Mar - State Theatre, Sydney

3 Apr – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

7 Apr – BCEC, Brisbane

Tori Kelly

3 Apr – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

7 Apr – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Amadou & Mariam

6 Apr - Melbourne Recital Centre

Buffy Sainte-Marie

1 Apr - Melbourne Recital Centre

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

31 Mar – 170 Russell, Melbourne

1 Apr – Factory Theatre, Sydney

Larkin Poe

7 Apr – Factory Theatre, Sydney

8 Apr – Corner Hotel, Melbourne


4 Apr – 170 Russell, Melbourne

7 Apr – Metro Theatre, Sydney

The Marcus King Band

5 Apr – Metro Theatre, Sydney  

7 Apr – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne


30 Mar – 170 Russell, Melbourne

1 Apr – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

The Wailers

8 Apr – 170 Russell, Melbourne

9 Apr – Metro Theatre, Sydney

Walter Trout

28 Mar – Factory Theatre, Sydney

29 Mar – Lizotte's, Newcastle

31 Mar – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

1 Apr – The Gov, Adelaide

The War & Treaty

8 Apr – Melbourne Recital Centre

9 Apr – Meeniyan Town Hall