Easter What’s On – Bluesfest

March 15, 2018

Easter is nearly here and that means music, rain, chocolate and hopefully some good waves and a few extra people on our beaches and in our cafes. If you are visiting us from elsewhere we welcome you to town.

The 29th Annual Bluesfest kicks off Thursday 29th March with a stellar line up of the biggest names in music including Lionel Richie, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, Seal, Sheryl Crow plus many more exciting acts.

Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with various stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.

From a modest crowd of 6,000 when it began in 1990, Bluesfest now attracts an audience of over 100,000.

Synonymous with Byron and our special culture, Bluesfest is regarded as the foremost destination festival in Australia and renowned for being a fun, relaxed and family-friendly event. Grab your gumboots (just in case) and we hope to see you there!



1990- 1992

Venue: The Arts Factory, Byron Bay aka ‘The Piggery’ The first Bluesfest was held in 1990 at the Byron Bay Arts Factory. The event ran for four days and attracted 1500 blues music fans per day. It was then known as The East Coast Blues Festival. At the time, organisers never imagined their event would shape the way people would come together to enjoy live music and grow into the festival it is today.

1993 – 1996
Venue: Belongil Fields, Byron Bay
In 1993, Bluesfest moved to Belongil Fields and has been an outdoor event ever since. That year the festival ran for just 2 days, had 2 stages and included 24 artists. 1994 saw the festival grow into a 3 day event.

1997 – 2007
Venue: Red Devil Park, Byron Bay
Between 1997 and 2007 the festival was held at Red Devil Park, where patrons marvelled at the transformation of a sport field into a music event. 2002 was the first year Bluesfest grew to a five day event.

2005 – 2006
Bluesfest wins Robert Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival

Bluesfest Touring is launched

2007 – 2013
Bluesfest wins A Greener Festival Award for seven consecutive years

2008 – 2009
Venue: Belongil Fields, Byron Bay
In 2008 Bluesfest needed more space to grow so it moved back to Belongil Fields. The 2008 event attracted a sell-out crowd of 80,000 patrons over 5 days.

Peter Noble takes sole ownership of Bluesfest Pty Ltd

Bluesfest wins Australian Event of the Year & Best Cultural & Arts Event, Australian Event Awards

2010 – 2015
Venue: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm
Bluesfest celebrates its 21st birthday by moving to one of the most beautiful festival sites you could imagine: a Tea Tree farm complete with honey making bees and a koala population that melted our hearts and became another purpose for us to fight for as part of social responsibility. The location has the capacity for over 100,000 people and camping for 6,000 and is now the permanent home of Bluesfest.

Bluesfest wins Gold at NSW Tourism Awards for Majors Events & Festivals

Peter Noble collaborates with leading cultural creative and Bundjalung woman Rhoda Roberts, producing the inaugural Boomerang Festival: a ground-breaking Indigenous festival for all Australians. Bluesfest wins: Silver Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event, Australian Event Awards, Gold Major Festivals & Events NSW Tourism Awards, Gold Major Festivals & Events North Coast Tourism Awards, Gold Best Regional Event Australian Event Awards, Best Contemporary Music Festival Australian Helpmann Awards, Business Excellence Award, North Coast Tourism Awards, The International A Greener Festival Award

Bluesfest celebrates its 25th Anniversary and reaches its highest ever attendance.
Record breaking $55,000 raised for Cystic Fibrosis $125,000 raised for charity.
Bluesfest wins Best Contemporary Music Festival Australian Helpmann Awards, Gold Major Festival & Event North Coast Tourism Awards, Silver Major Festivals & Events National Australian Tourism Awards.
Peter Noble wins the Rolling Stone Award for his contribution to the music industry.

Bluesfest wins Pan Australian Festival of the Year Award at Canadian Music Week

Information sourced: https://www.bluesfest.com.au/

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