Fri 28 Oct 2022 to Sun 30 Oct 2022

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is back in 2022, taking place October 28 - 30.

Head to the festival website to check out the full line up of spectacular world-class artists across a jam packed weekend of music, proudly presented by PBS.

Find the full program and tickets at

Full Program: $195 (until 11 Oct or until sold out) 
Full Price: $210 (12 Oct – Festival or until sold out)
Children 16 & under are able to attend with a ticketed adult free of charge
Friday evening pass: $55 

Highlights of this year's festival include:

The festival curated world premiere collaboration between New York based drummer Pheeroan akLaff, Sydney drummer Chloe Kim and Melbourne drummer Maria Moles.

The world premiere international collaboration of Finnish pianist Iro Haarla (pictured) presenting a program of her evocative compositions with Melbourne’s Tamara Murphy and James McLean.

The blues program continues to grow with rollicking performances from Jimi Hocking & his Blues Machine, Ray Beadle, duo Alison Ferrier & Shorty and festival debutant, Karen Lee Andrews presents a beautiful program of classic soul infused blues informed by her Polynesian background.

Celebrating their 30th anniversary at the festival is crowd favourite Wanderlust, whilst Scott Tinkler gathers Australia’s finest improvisers in the Antripodean Collective.

Powerhouse collaborative ensemble, This World, brings together the awe-inspiring talents of Mike Nock, Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson and Jonathan Schwartz.

The Merriwa Park Outdoor Stage lights up with Joe Camilleri and The Black SorrowsCheckerboard Lounge (Carl Pannuzzo, Shannon Bourne, Tim Neal and Zoe Frater), Rob Susz (Dynamic Hypnotics), The Continental Blues Party and This Way North featuring the explosive energy and expansive sounds of Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy, and Fiona Boyes with her band, The Fortune Tellers.

The National Jazz Awards, which each year focusses on one instrument, is open to guitarists this year. The five most outstanding young players from around the country will converge on Wangaratta to compete for the prestigious award

The 17-piece Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will bring the festival to a spectacular close with a rousing set of contemporary African funk.