Our main priority has always been to bring our beloved patrons the Bluesfest experience safely.
One thing is for certain… and that is we really all will be in this together
for the return of Live Music at Bluesfest.
Since February 2021, Bluesfest has had its COVID-19 Safety Plan Approved. Since then, our COVID-19 Safety Plan has continued to be developed for the April 2022 event, with advice from the NSW Department of Health. Furthermore, Bluesfest has continued to work with a risk assessment company to help implement the safety and risk management plan and to assist with the realisation of our compliances.
In a COVID-19 world, what does that mean for you Bluesfesters? For the most part, it is the “new normal” and consists of requirements we’re all used to. Here is what you can expect at Bluesfest 2022.
*Please note, below is the latest COVID-19 Safety Advice received as of Thursday, 3rd of March and may be subject to change up until the date and time of the event. Bluesfest will endeavour to keep all patrons up-to-date as any new information is received. Stay up to date via our website, newsletters, and socials.
FESTIVAL GROUNDS & STAGES
All of our stages will be back at Bluesfest this April – in fact, we’ve added an additional whole new stage for our buskers!
For familiar Bluesfesters, as in previous years, we will still have our big tent tops over CROSSROADS, MOJO & JAMBALAYA… and DELTA & JUKE JOINT will be up and running once again for a full-sized festival.
Each stage will have different arrangements of seating and standing areas. We will release more information about this as soon as it has been confirmed – as well as a handy map for the festival grounds.
CHECK-IN DAILY • QR CODES
Checking in daily is still currently mandatory for all patrons attending Bluesfest. We’ll supply plenty of QR codes at our entrances and around the festival. When you arrive – it’s easy to check-in:
1. Scan the QR code with your smartphone camera or QR code reader.
2. Follow the prompts on the Service NSW app or on the Service NSW webform
3. Show a staff member that you have signed in.
A good reason to have your phone handy and charged throughout the festival!
Although the ‘fully-seated’ restriction for major events in NSW has been lifted under the new Public Health Order*, Bluesfest will still be providing plenty of seating at our stages and throughout the festival.
Patrons may bring foldable chairs to use in the designated zones outside of the tented areas at each stage. There will be plenty of large screens where artist performances can be viewed.
*Given that many ticketholders have bought tickets with the belief that Bluesfest will be a fully-seated event this year, it’s important that while many measures may no longer be necessary, our beloved festival-goers have the option to be seated and stay at safe distances if they choose to.
SINGING & DANCING
It’s back! It would be difficult to imagine a Bluesfest without it.
Patrons are still encouraged to be mindful of bunching and overcrowding and to self-manage social-distancing and safe hygiene practices.
In order to minimise contact as much as possible, we will be cashless at all Bluesfest managed outlets.
This does not refer to independently run stalls. We will still provide ATMs onsite for these outlets.
While facemasks are no longer a mandatory requirement, you can expect to see masks being worn by some members of staff and contractors. Patrons are also encouraged to wear masks in high-density areas.
COVID-19 Marshals will be present throughout the festival site to assist in social distancing and hygiene reminders.
The presence of hygiene and extra cleaning facilities will be a high priority and available throughout the festival.
Patrons will be required to self-regulate, sanitise at available stations regularly.
Just like all the other “new norms” social distancing should still be considered when queuing throughout the festival. As there will be free-flowing movement between stages, patrons are required to self-regulate their social distancing.
Keep an eye out on socials, subscribe to our newsletter, and visit this website page regularly for updates!