Bluesfest is well and truly going to go off with a bang next year, with a bunch more artists announcing sideshows for their time in the country.

Back in August, the world of Aussie music looked on in shock as Bluesfest organisers dropped a stunning lineup that would rival even the festivals that come to you in your dreams.

With the likes of Patti Smith, Crowded House, and the Dave Matthews Band on offer, things only got better when names like Lenny Kravitz, Jimmie Vaughan, and Eagles Of Death Metal joined the ranks.

While we’ve already seen a bunch of these acts announce some extra shows for while they’re in town, it seems that we can’t keep these amazing artists away, with a handful of extra sideshows being announced earlier today.

Check out ‘Bofou Safou’ by Amadou & Mariam:


Kicking things off, we’ll see Afro-pop duo Amadou & Mariam delivering a pair of headline dates in Sydney and Melbourne next April, while the jazzy Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, bass virtuoso Tal Wilkenfeld, and rock veterans The Allman Betts Band will do the same.

For fans of Frank Zappa though, they’ll be receiving a rather special affair, with son Dweezil Zappa bringing the 50th anniversary tour of his dad’s classic album Hot Rats to our shores.

Kicking off in Brisbane, the tour will go all around the country, visiting Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne, before wrapping up the headline dates in Perth.

All of these artists can also be found performing huge sets at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay next April, but if you can’t make it (or want to double your fun), be sure to check out all the pertinent details below.

Tickets to all of these shows go on sale from 10am local time on Monday, November 25th through Bluesfest Touring, while a pre-sale kicks off at 10am AEDT (or local time) on Thursday, November 21st.

Check out Dweezil Zappa performing ‘Willie The Pimp’:


Bluesfest Sideshows 2020

Amadou & Mariam

Sunday, April 12th, 2020
Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Dweezil Zappa

Thursday, April 9th 2020
Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, April 12th, 2020
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Monday, April 13th, 2020
Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Friday, April 17th, 2020
Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Tal Wilkenfeld

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Thursday, April 16th, 2020
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Allman Betts Band

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Monday, April 13th, 2020
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

All Australian tours on sale from 10am local time on Monday, November 25th through Bluesfest Touring
Pre-sale kicks off at 10am AEDT (or local time) on Thursday November, 21st

All artists also performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020

Bluesfest 2020

Lenny Kravitz
Jimmie Vaughan (Exclusive)
The Waterboys (Exclusive)
Eagles Of Death Metal
Ani Difranco
Amadou & Mariam
The Allman Betts Band
Zucchero (Exclusive)
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
Tal Wilkenfeld
Joachim Cooder (Exclusive)
Steve ‘n’ Seagulls (Exclusive)


Dave Matthews Band
Crowded House
Patti Smith And Her Band
George Benson
Brandi Carlile
John Butler
Xavier Rudd
The Cat Empire
John Prine
Jenny Lewis
Frank Turner
John Mayall
Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Marcus King Band
Walter Trout
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Greensky Bluegrass
Larkin Poe
The War & Treaty

Thursday, April 9th – Monday, April 13th, 2020
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, NSW
Tickets: Moshtix