The first artists for Bluesfest 2021 have been announced!

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It was a sad day when the COVID-19 pandemic made a victim of Bluesfest 2020. With one of the biggest and eclectic lineups in the Byron Bay festival's history, edition #31 was set to be a long weekend for the ages. 

But alas, it wasn't meant to be, and the organisers behind the five-day epic have decided instead to make the best of a bad situation, taking many of the axed 2020 lineup's best names and propping them up on the enormous first announcement for Bluesfest 2021. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…