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Byron Bay Bluesfest

What do you love about Bluesfest Competition

Congratulations to all the winners of our biggest Bluesfest competition ever!


Who would be your ideal artist to meet backstage at Bluesfest? (in 25 words or less)

Deb McHugh has won the Backstage Tour with Bluesfest Director Peter Noble



10 to be won! (5 +1 backstage tours in total so the lucky winners can also bring a fellow Bluesfest buddy (must be a ticket holder))

Everyone wants to know what happens behind the scenes and with this awesome prize you will get to check out the artist's compound, the buzz of activity at the admin hub and enjoy a side of stage viewing experience!

Backstage tours will be held in a small group and go for 30 glorious minutes. We will advise the lucky winners of the time and meeting place for the backstage tour closer to the festival, approximately mid March.

Backstage Tour Winners

Hannah Rebelo, John Roach, Rob Blatchford, Lorrice Stayte, Patrick Murphy


20 to be won!

The 20 lucky winners of the VIP UPGRADE will get to enjoy the ambience of Bluesfest from the VIP Lounge Bar, relax on comfortable lounges, purchase premium drinks straight over the counter (no drink tickets necessary) and have access to extra restrooms. It's the ultimate chill out area, the perfect place to hang out with your friends and also enjoy the secluded garden area.

VIP UPGRADES will match the ticket type purchased i.e. If the winner purchases a 5 Day Ticket they will receive a 5 DAY VIP UPGRADE or if they purchase a 3 Day Ticket they will receive a 3 DAY VIP UPGRADE.

VIP Upgrade Winners

Dale Cumming, Brett Hay, David Moses, Therese Agren, Luke Hayward, Leigh Munnings, Fiona Ettles, Megan Sturges, Jodie Liddell, Patricia Lemos, Simon Maltby, Amanda Stuart, Deb Kloeden, Denise Forbes


30 to be won!

Love your Bluesfest merch?! We are giving away merchandise vouchers to the value of $40 each to 30 lucky winners!

Vouchers are to be redeemed at the merchandise tent at Bluesfest 2017!

Merch Voucher Winners

Christine Stores, Dell Johnson, Richard Smith, Ryan Wright, Caroline Peet, Pam Barrett, Colin Livesey, Paul Hobkirk, Loretta Sist, Robert Lawrence, Jacqueline Pritchard, Robert Cooper, Kate Brooks, Brigitte Zaghloul, Bridgitte Halton, Janette Grierson, Valerie Ericson, Lara Mitchell, Mark Southwell, Tijn Agerbeek, Stephen Lampard, Nerine Brimfield, Nicole Williamson, Suzie Kapeller, Amy Taylor, Terry O’Hagan, Vanessa Tokatly, John Philistin, Elio Rossi, Dean Parsons

Terms & Conditions

Click here for Competition Terms & Conditions.

Bluesfest Quiz of the Year

Congratulations to our winners!

First Place

Kevin Gallagher

Second Place

Craig Blatch

Third Place

Denise Plant

First Prize

5 nights' accommodation for Bluesfest at the 4 Star 'Mantra on Salt resort' in Kingscliff for up to TWO people in a King Room (Arrive Thur 13th of April, depart Tue 18th of April 2017)

Backstage Tour of Bluesfest "Behind the Scenes" for TWO.

Upgrade to the Bluesfest VIP lounge for TWO! (18+years)

Second Prize

Backstage Tour of Bluesfest "Behind the Scenes" for TWO.

Upgrade to Bluesfest VIP Lounge for the winner plus partner/friend. (18+years)

Third Prize

A 2017 Merch voucher valued at $150

Interview with First Place Winner, Kevin Gallagher

How many times have you been to Bluesfest?

We have been 4 times – would like to have been more often but work and time commitments got in the way. Making up for that now as we have been the last 3 years and will be there again next year.

What is your favourite Bluesfest moment/memory?

Favourite Bluesfest Memory – there are many. Probably best was seeing my son Matt’s enthusiasm for Michael Franti and Spearhead the first time we went in 2005. However there have been so many ‘favourite times’ - Alabama Shakes – fantastic, George Thorogood – Born to be Bad, REM, Elvis Costello, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers , Graham Nash and of course the Doobie Brothers. Just sooo.. good, Can’t forget Chain and the Backsliders too.

Who is on your artist wish list for Bluesfest 2017?

Wish list for this year – Midnight Oil, Rolling Stones, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Florence and The Machine, REM, Tracey Chapman, Plant and Palmer, Cold Play, U2, Arctic Monkeys to name a few

Quiz Answers

Question 1

What year did Bob Dylan and BB King both play Bluesfest?

  1. 2009
  2. 2011
  3. 2012
  4. 2014

Answer B - 2011

Question 2

How many years has Bluesfest been held at its own home the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm?

  1. 3 years
  2. 5 years
  3. 7 years
  4. 10 years

Answer C - 7 years

Question 3

Who headlined the very first Bluesfest in 1990?

Answer - Charlie Musselwhite

Question 4

Which 7-Time Grammy Winner just won Best Blues Album for his latest album 'Born To Play Guitar'?

Answer - Buddy Guy

Question 5

Which Bluesfest regular won a Grammy on Festival Director Peter Noble's record label AIM?

  1. James Brown
  2. The Residents
  3. Buddy Guy
  4. Terrance Simien

Answer D - Terrance Simien

Question 6

Which Bluesfest artist is Mavis, one of the resident Bluesfest Koala's, named after?

Answer - Mavis Staples

Question 7

What year was Bluesfest Touring (Bluesfest's Touring company) launched?

  1. 1990
  2. 2000
  3. 2005

Answer C - 2005

Question 8

What was the first year that The Cat Empire performed at Bluesfest?

  1. 2003
  2. 2005
  3. 2016

Answer A - 2003

Question 9

Which Bluesfest artist said this quote about the festival?

“The Bluesfest is one of those festivals an artist dreams about playing. When we first played in 2000 it was one of those pivotal life changing moments for us. To this day it is still one of my favourite shows and it literally launched my band nationwide”

  1. Michael Franti
  2. John Butler
  3. G.Love and Special Sauce

Answer B - John Butler

Question 10

What year was the first Boomerang Festival held?

Answer - 2013

Question 11

John Mayer played Bluesfest in 2014 - finish the name of a song he released in the early 2000's.

Your body is a...

  1. Ocean
  2. Wonderland
  3. Theme Park

Answer B - Wonderland

Question 12

Which 2016 Bluesfest artist's real name is Michael Eugene Archer?

  1. Kendrick Lamar
  2. Fantastic Negrito
  3. D'Angelo

Answer C - D'Angelo

Question 13

Who is often referred to as the grandfather/ godfather of funk?

  1. Rick James
  2. George Clinton
  3. Curtis Mayfield

Answer B - George Clinton

Question 14

How many wins were counted at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Bluesfest 2016 artists?

Answer - 9

Question 15

Which Bluesfest artist is showing off his incredible dance moves at the end of the 2016 festival official wrap up clip here?

  1. Lukas Nelson
  2. Fantastic Negrito
  3. Con Brio

Answer C - Con Brio

Question 16

What are three of the most common items left behind by patrons after the festival?

(Choosing 3 out of 5 possible answers will give you a correct answer to this question)

Answer - Shoes, Sunnies, Mobiles , Wallets, Keys

Question 17

Michael Franti & Spearhead performed a cover song by which iconic Australian rock band on closing night at Bluesfest 2014?

  1. 'Beds are Burning' - Midnight Oil
  2. 'Don't Change' - INXS
  3. 'Flame Trees' - Cold Chisel
  4. 'Don't Dream It's Over' - Crowded House

Answer B - 'Don't Change' - INXS