Bluesfest has been rescheduled and is back on again for 2021. After being called off a day before it was scheduled to begin over the Easter long weekend, the long-running Byron Bay festival has announced it’s taking another run at the 2021 event at the start of October.

As reported by Double J, the rescheduled festival has been shortened to four days instead of five, and will now happen over the NSW October long weekend, kicking off on Friday October 1, and rolling through to Monday October 4.

Punters who bought tickets to the original five-day April Bluesfest won’t necessarily lose out either, with the festival apparently having something special up its sleeve, which is set to be announced next week.

The full lineup for the postponed festival will also be announced next week, and it looks like more Australian artists will be squeezed onto the bill.

The festival team hasn’t confirmed whether the new lineup will look much like the one that was expected to hit the stage at the canned April run, but considering international travel is still off the cards at the moment, I can’t imagine it would be starkly different.

For those playing at home, the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Tash SultanaOcean AlleyJohn Butler, the Church, Kate Cebrano, and Kasey Chambers were on the original 2021 bill, so it’ll be interesting to see if they’re back in for the October run.

Anyone who has been hanging onto their original 2021 tickets after the original dates were abandoned will be able to roll those tickets over to the new dates, or claim a refund if they can no longer make it. Further season tickets for one or three days will also go up on sale soon.

Bluesfest is expecting the rescheduled October edition of the festival will sell out quick sticks, so if you want to get in there for a bit of spring time blues and roots action, you can register your interest on the festival’s website.