Byron Bay Bluesfest
Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s most awarded music festival, returns Easter Long Weekend 2022 (14-18 April). Tickets on sale now! This year’s headliners include Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Crowded House, and Jimmy Barnes.
The Byron Bay Blues Festival, or Bluesfest, is Australia’s premiere Blues & Roots Music Festival with more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists. In addition to multiple all weather performance stages, there are licensed bars, undercover food courts, food and market stalls.
Starting from humble beginnings back in 1990 the festival quickly outgrew its birthplace at the Arts Factory on Skinners Shoot Road in Byron Bay. The festival has since had various homes including the local rugby grounds at Red Devil Park and Belongil Fields which are both just a few minutes drive from the town centre. The festival found a more permanent home from 2010 when it moved to the old Tyagarah Ti Tree farm situated around 15 minutes north west of Byron Bay.
The Bluesfest has consistently grown in popularity over the years and now over 100,000 tickets are sold annually to the 5 day event. In 2004 the Bluesfest was nominated as International Music Festival Of The Year at the USA Pollstar Awards alongside the UK’s Glastonbury & The Montreaux Jazz Festival, the first time an Australian Festival had ever been nominated.