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Bluesfest Touring announces rescheduled tours; Patti Smith shows moved to April 2022

Tuesday 9 February 2021

Bluesfest Touring announces rescheduled tours; Patti Smith shows moved to April 2022

George Benson, Patti Smith and Her Band, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Larkin Poe and The Wailers tours re-scheduled to 2022.

As previously announced late last year that the 2021 re-scheduled shows from 2020 would be re-scheduled, Bluesfest Touring is now thrilled to announce that (at least) five of its re-scheduled 2021 artists are now re-scheduled to April 2022 – and tickets are on sale!

Please note we are working on re-scheduling the other tours - Marcus King Band, LP, and Morcheeba - and will advise their re-scheduled dates as soon as possible. Please hold on to your tickets. ;

Remember that if you truly support the live music industry, you will be keeping people in a job.

The list of talent returning in 2022 is listed below.

George Benson
Monday 11th April 2022 – State Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 13th April 2022 – State Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 14th April 2022 – State Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 19th April 2022 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday 20th April 2022 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Patti Smith and her Band
Sunday 17th April 2022 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Monday 18th April 2022 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 21st April 2022 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Friday 22nd April 2022- Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Monday 25th April 2022 – Town Hall, Christchurch
Tuesday 26th April 2022 – Town Hall, Auckland

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
Wednesday 13th April 2022 – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Thursday 14th April 2022 – Factory Theatre, Sydney

Larkin Poe
Wednesday 20th April 2022 – Factory Theatre, Sydney
Friday 22nd April 2022 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

The Wailers
Thursday 21st April 2022 – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday 22nd April 2022 – Metro Theatre, Sydney


One of the world’s greatest guitarists, George Benson is coming to Melbourne and Sydney for headline shows. Since 1977, George Benson, an American icon for being part of the electric guitar revolution which changed music and popular culture forever, has won 10 Grammy Awards – and has been nominated for an additional 15. His current album, ‘Weekend In London’, was recorded live at the legendary Ronnie Scotts Club. Check it out and get a snapshot of this giant and his amazing catalogue of songs and virtuosity. This Australian tour will feature his whole repertoire of hits as well as a few Fats Domino and Chuck Berry classics that were featured on his previous release, ‘Walking To New Orleans’ album. Don’t miss this world-class act in 2022!


After conquering Bluesfest in 2017, Patti Smith and Her Band took home the Helpmann Award that year for Best International Contemporary Concert. With a stellar band including her son, Jackson, this 2022 tour will be even better! Eleven albums of original material, numerous books of poetry and a best-selling memoir, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, world tours and personal appearances. Aside from recording, performing, art and writing, Patti is strongly involved in social issues and continues to participate in various human rights organisations.

We are thrilled to welcome the legendary poet and punk rock artiste Patti Smith to Australia and New Zealand with open arms!


Bringing their unique soul, jazz and gospel music – Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles will bless Australia with their debut tour in 2022! Fans call him the next Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder marvels at his musicianship, Frank Ocean has him on his next album. Cory henry has worked alongside the best, Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean, J. Cole, Vulfpeck, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Randolph, The Roots, Marcus Miller, Michael McDonald, Ty Dolla $ign and many more, but it’s as head of his own band, The Funk Apostles, that his stardom has soared. Last October he released ‘Something To Say’, a groove-heavy fusion of funk, gospel, blues, jazz, and R&B that Cory labels ‘future soul’.

Simply put Cory Henry, a Grammy Award winning artist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and all-around keyboard master, is the future of music!


After a sell-out run in 2019, blues sisters Larkin Poe are back to play even bigger venues in both Melbourne and Sydney. Taking a modern interpretation on traditional blues music, Larkin Poe create a unique brand of gritty, southern-fried blues, roots ‘n’ roll. Their performances that have garnered plenty of high-profile admirers such as Elvis Costello, Keith Urban, Bob Seger and Russell Crowe.

In the extraordinary year that was 2020, Larkin Poe continued to be extraordinary, winning wide acclaim and releasing not one, but two albums: ‘Self Made Man’ in June and ‘Kindred Spirits’ in November.

Experience a real slice of musical history and heritage from those who keep the flame of Bob Marley burning strong. When Bob Marley instructed ‘Familyman’ Barrett to ‘keep The Wailers together’ he made it his life’s dedication. Featuring a stunning line-up of genuine reggae royalty – including heir to the throne, Aston Barrett Jr (son of the legendary ‘Familyman’), guitarist Donald Kinsey, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, and Saxophonist Glen DaCosta; with Josh David Barrett achieving the seemingly impossible by stepping into Bob Marley’s shoes on lead vocal. Their first album in 25 years, ‘One World’, produced by 19 Grammy Award winning Emilio Estefan and co-written by Emilio Estefan with Aston Barrett Jr. and The Wailers, is nominated for a Grammy® Award in the Best Reggae Album category.

Living Legends, Reggae Royalty carrying the flame - now you can be a part of the legacy. When The Wailers come calling, you listen.