We are down to 8 weeks everyone, the clock is ticking, time is flying and our historic 25th Bluesfest is drawing closer and closer.
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ARTICLE DATE:
17 February 2014
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See you in 8 weeks!

We can’t wait!

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We are down to 8 weeks everyone, the clock is ticking, time is flying and our historic 25th Bluesfest is drawing closer and closer.

To make sure you don’t miss a beat, we have reinstalled our Festival countdown clock on our website because there is nothing like an exciting countdown to something tremendous ahead.

Scroll down for all the latest Bluesfest info and don't miss the news on the Bluesfest Sunset Club at the end!

Plus our Festival Director Peter Noble has a message for you and so has Charlie Musselwhite, but before we go there, take note of the following:


Ticket ALERT

We will be giving weekly updates on the tickets that have sold out or are selling out and for all remaining tickets and prices click here.

SOLD OUT: CAMPING - All 5 Day, 3 Day, as well as Saturday single day camping is now sold out.

NOTE: A handful of Buddy Packages (5 day camping and Festival for two people) are still left but that’s it folks!!! 

Right now you can still purchase camping for Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday night.

For alternate campgrounds in our beautiful area please click here

SOLD OUT: VIP 5 & 3 day, single day Friday and Saturday sold out.

SOLD OUT : Tipi Accommodation sold out. Tent Motels sold out.

ALERT: Friday of Bluesfest is now over 82 % sold out and Saturday is headed to 84%. These numbers are increasing daily everyone!

View all ticket prices


A humbling Message from Charlie Musselwhite

It really is exhilarating to see that our artists are just as excited to come to Bluesfest as we are to welcome them and of course enjoy their performances.

Check this message out from the one and only Charlie Musselwhite. Thank you for leaving it for us Charlie. We can’t wait to have you back.

Watch Charlie's Message!


And… a Message from Peter Noble

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It’s the business end of the season …. Bluesfest is only 8 weeks away.

As you read this I will be in Nashville for the Pollstar Magazine Music Convention & Awards.

Pollstar Magazine is the international music industry professional’s bible – a bit like Billboard is to the record industry.

Bluesfest is up for the International Festival of the Year Award for the second year in a row.

Last year the Glastonbury festival, which also is up for the award, was not in contention, as they had a gap year the previous year. Scotland’s T in The Park won.

This year the finalists are Glastonbury Festival, Roskilde Festival, Rock in Rio and other brilliant events from around the world– so although we ALWAYS hope to win, we are clearly up against the very best festivals in the world – and it is an honour to once again be a finalist, and wave the flag for Australia.


There also will be additional big screens in both the Mojo and Crossroads areas.

What a couple of weeks it has been.

Bluesfest came second to the Melbourne Cup at the Australian Tourism Awards category for Best Major Event – and I was honoured in receiving the Rolling Stone Award for my contribution to the music industry.

Our Festival site improvements this year include finishing our car parks by putting road base down the complete length of every one of them as a bad weather prevention exercise, to allow everyone to be able to leave the car parks as quickly as possible – this carries over to building a direct entry to our northern car parks from the freeway that runs beside our site – and we now expect there to be a much less time delay in exiting the car parks.

We are also programming shows to finish on our major stages at different times which should help alleviate everyone going to the car parks to leave at the same time. However, you can also stay around until 1am in the coffee and food stall area in the northern part of our site should you not wish to leave immediately after the performances finish around 11.30pm to midnight.

We WILL be providing fixed seating in the Mojo and Crossroads areas – with additional tents around the circus tents for those with portable seating with viewing of the performances. Portable seating will not be allowed in the two tents.

We realise this decision does not please everyone – however, the calls for something to be done in this area became deafening – and we will review the seating after this years event.

There also will be additional big screens in both the Mojo and Crossroads areas.

With our new (old favourite) stage – The Juke Joint – gives us a record 7 performance stages this year, means there will be more room under canvas than any previous Bluesfest.


Bluesfest – a festival that is simply about one thing – GREAT MUSIC.

I believe I have booked a truly great Bluesfest this year for our 25th Birthday – one that has the best contemporary talent available, alongside legends of the music business, and easily the bluesiest Bluesfest in over a decade.

I am proud of our event which has been described by Rolling Stone magazine this year as "One of the World’s Great Festivals", and in the music blog Music Feeds as " boasts what might be the most spectacular festival line-up in a decade".

To have The Dave Matthews Band, Gregg Allman, Erykah Badu, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Iron & Wine, Aaron Neville, Jake Bugg, India.Arie, Steve Earle, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, John Butler, The Black Sorrows, The Backsliders, Seun Kuti and James Cotton ALL play on the one festival – shows the diversity of Bluesfest – a festival that is simply about one thing – GREAT MUSIC.


We are now approaching sell-out

We are now approaching sell-out, and although there are still quite a few tickets left – you certainly should plan ahead should you be coming on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night – as it is likely single day tickets will sell out before the festival begins.

We will always endeavour to keep season tickets available wherever possible, and will give regular updates from now on.

Our campgrounds and VIP areas are filling – and at this time Saturday night is sold out in the camping area but there are still camping tickets left for Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday night – we are now providing other campground options in the area. (NOTE: they will have transport available to the Bluesfest site)

We only have VIP tickets available on Thursday, Sunday and Monday – Friday and Saturday are sold out.

There is still plenty of room around Byron to stay in houses, or hotels in the area – so what are you waiting for – Please come join us on our 25th.


Our food stalls are varied and an experience in themselves.

The music is going to be great from noon to midnight – that is a guarantee.

We are an all ages family event – we are proud of that, although we recommend a parent takes the young ones home after dark.

Yet at the same time Bluesfest is one of the only events left with a full strength liquor license – because we believe you have a right to drink responsibly – BUT – we are not here to ply anyone with alcohol – and we take that responsibility very seriously.

Our food stalls are varied and an experience in themselves.

I love this festival – it is my life – come join me – for what I truly believe is going to be the best one yet.

So for everyone who has bought a ticket – get ready – I have not held back on presenting an epic 25th – you will not be disappointed.

And for those Bluesfesters who have not yet bought a ticket.

Truly – this is going to be an unmissable music experience

See you in 8 weeks’ time – I can’t wait.

Peter Noble


The NEW Bluesfest Sunset Club - Three day & Single day entries now available!

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As a 5 day Ticket holder, you were given first option to become a Sunset Club member and the response has been truly wonderful.

We had a lot of requests from our Single day & Three day Ticket holders wishing to become a member as well, and to give equal love to all our ticket buyers, we are now releasing a limited amount of Single and 3 day entries to our new Bluesfest Sunset Club.

So, just in case you have not heard about this brand new Bluesfest acquisition, read on for more info or simply click here to take you to our website.

More information


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One thing for sure:

There are only 300 entries available and with a lot of tickets already sold, there are not that many left.

If you want to take your Bluesfest experience a little further this one is for you.

In addition to Bluesfest’s VIP Bar (located next to the Crossroads Stage) we are proud to be introducing our brand-new Bluesfest VIP Venue:

A 2 storey VIP Building with balcony and a private beer garden.
The bottom floor of the new VIP venue is simply said: A wonderful addition to the already existing Venue BAR next to the Crossroads stage.
VIP patrons will be able to pick between the 2 Bluesfest VIP venues on site.

The top floor of the new VIP venue is reserved for Sunset Club members only.

Become a Member to the exclusive Sunset Club located on the upper level of our brand new double storey VIP venue and enjoy:

JUST released : Your own exclusive seating to the side of the Mojo Stage! This area is fully covered, with perfect viewing to the stage.
Exclusive Entry into the upstairs Sunset Club from 4pm to Midnight every day
Privacy & Tranquility! There are only 300 entries available to the upstairs Sunset Club
A space to enjoy viewing of the Bluesfest main stage via large screens.
Lavish & upscale décor including couches, lounges, cocktail tables, balcony seating and VIP toilets. Watch the hustle and bustle of Bluesfest from the private Balcony.
Choice of premium liquor ranging from French Champagne to top shelf Whiskey for purchase.
JUST released: Happy Hour from 5-6 daily. Enjoy premium drinks at low prices!
Personalised Bar service
Complimentary access to the 2 other Bluesfest VIP bars on site
A fresh selection of food items for purchase
Preferred car parking close to Festival entry for easy access and exit to/from Festival site
JUST released: Not only will there be preferred parking close to the Festival entry in your own car parking area, you will also be escorted by golf buggy straight to the Sunset Club from there and back.
Your own personal and named Sunset Club Laminate to be posted out to you in advance.

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How much is it to become a 2014 member to the Sunset Club?

The Sunset Club is now available to 5 Day, 3 Day and Single Day Bluesfest Ticket holders only.

Entry to the Sunset CLUB is in addition to your Festival Ticket entry!

5 day membership Sunset Club
Sunset Club $1,590 per person
Existing 5 day VIP ticket holder $1,240 per person
3 day membership Sunset Club
Sunset Club $960 per person
Existing 3 day VIP ticket holder $750 per person
1 day membership Sunset Club
Sunset Club $325 per person
Existing 1 day VIP ticket holder $255 per person

Please remember: There are only 300 total entries available to the Sunset Club.


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To purchase tickets – PLEASE call our office on 02 66858310 – we will look after you!

Members - Log into your secure members area HERE .

Non Members - Become a member to purchase your tickets HERE. Membership is free!

Purchase your tickets now


NITV ON THE ROAD:

Boomerang Festival 2013

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NITV (Channel 34 Free to Air) are bringing some of the highlights of the Inaugural Boomerang Festival over seven episodes, airing on Saturdays at 8.30pm

Boomerang was hosted by the oldest living culture on the planet and sparked with music, dance, theatre, impassioned conversations, fire gatherings, cultural exchanges, film and visual arts.

Be inspired by the performances and stories of acclaimed local and international Indigenous artists and thinkers including Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach with Lou Bennett, Casey Donovan, Dr Djiniyini Gondarra and the Arakwal Dancers.

Click here for the Program Guide.

Early Bird Tickets for Boomerang Festival 4-6th October, 2014 - Available now!

www.boomerangfestival.com.au


Bluesfest Touring News

Bluesfest favourite Michal Franti & Spearhead will be pairing up with newcomer Nahko & Medicine for the People at the Tivoli in Brisbane for a one off special performance.

Nahko is also embarking on a headline tour including performances in Port Macquarie, Sydney and Melbourne after their very special tour with Xavier Rudd late last year. Don’t miss these modern day prophets touring Australia;

Nahko has been hailed as “BEAUTIFUL AND STIRRING… A MUSICAL PROPHET” - Huffington Post

"From the moment Nahko and Medicine For The People took to the stage the crowd became a sea of smiling faces and dancing feet.” - The Brag

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

The Tivoli, Brisbane WED 23 APRIL 2014 with special guest NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE

Tour Information

NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE

The Tivoli, Brisbane WED 23 APRIL 2014 with MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
Panthers, Port Macquarie THURSDAY 24 APRIL 2014
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney FRIDAY 25 APRIL 2014
Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne SUN 27 APRIL 2014

Tour Information


Byron Bay Accommodation

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If camping is not the thing for you but you would like to stay in the area then please check out Byron Bay Accom on www.byronbayaccom.net or call 02 6680 8666.

They have a range of great accommodation available from B&B's, houses, motels, hotels and apartments.




Your friendly Bluesfest Team, who are always happy to take your call on:

(02) 6685 8310


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