Opening its doors for the first time in 1990, at The Arts Factory Lodge, as a three day Blues music event on Easter weekend in Byron Bay, Bluesfest has grown solidly into one of the world’s leading contemporary music festivals.
From a modest original crowd of 6,000, Bluesfest now attracts annual audiences of over 100,000 across the 5 days celebrating a premier cultural and social experience.
Patrons range from locals who have grown up with Bluesfest, to international and first time visitors to the area, all of whom span a vast age demographic.
Bluesfest’s history is parallel to Byron Bay’s evolution into the iconic destination it is today.
In 2010 Bluesfest moved to its permanent home at the spectacular 120 hectare Tyagarah Tee Tree Farm farm 11 km north of Byron Bay, one of many milestones achieved in Bluesfest’s 25 year history.
It showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW.
Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 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.
Bluesfest presents the biggest names in music to Australian audiences each year including Bob Dylan, Hozier, Paul Simon, Gary Clark Jr., Angus & Julia Stone, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, John Mayer, Jurassic 5, James Brown, Zac Brown Band, Joss Stone, David Gray, Trombone Shorty, Angelique Kidjo, John Legend & BB King, to name but a few.
Byron Bay Bluesfest may be a few kms out of town, but rest assured getting to and from the Festival will be hassle free.
From Gold Coast airport (which is located to the north) it takes about 45 minutes to get to Bluesfest and 35 minutes from Ballina airport.
From Brisbane International & Domestic airport travel time is approx 1 3/4 hours to get to Bluesfest.
For this is what Byron Bay Bluesfest does so well these days: puts together as varied and exciting a bill as any you’ll find around the world – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD