Please let us give you a few guidelines to ensure you have the best Bluesfest experience ever!
14 April 2014
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Essential Info For All Our Bluesfest Attendees

Bluesfest is now only days and hours away. It's all very exciting.

Dear [Name,fallback=Friend],

Please let us give you a few guidelines to ensure you have the best Bluesfest experience ever!

We are very close to completing the Festival set up and the Bluesfest site is looking truly amazing. 


If you have not bought your tickets yet, we strongly recommend that you buy them now and certainly before the Festival starts. You don’t want to find yourself at Bluesfest on the Friday and / or Saturday with a ‘sold out sign’ denying you entry.

Any tickets that are still available during the Festival will increase in price from this Thursday 8am. On line and at the gate.

Book festival tickets now!

Travel & Entry


The Festival is located at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm on Lot 103-105 on the Pacific Highway. Bluesfest is located 4-5 kilometres north of the Byron Bay exit and approx. 4-5 kilometres south of the Brunswick Heads turn off.

To make your entry to the Festival as easy and relaxed as possible, please make sure you have YOUR (E) TICKETS and ID ready for scanning by the festival gate staff as you arrive at the Festival Entry.

NOTE - There are 2 main entries to the Festival. NEW: Since our special Bluesfest exit off the highway coming from the north is now complete you will be turning on to it and straight into the Festival site. The new exit will make arrival and departure a lot more efficient! Please follow signs and traffic staff!

  • North & South Gate for DAY parking. If you are arriving by car please follow the signs, as well as the Bluesfest traffic team to direct you to the car parks!
    NEW: Traffic from the north will come off the new exit straight before the Festival and will be directed to park in the northern car park. Traffic from the south will be directed to the southern car park.
  • Camper's entry: If you are camping you will be directed to the south gate, no matter if you arrive from the north or the south. If you come on the bus or taxi you will also be dropped off at the South Gate. Important message: Strict searches of cars will occur before entry to Festival. Alcohol and glass will be confiscated. Take the hint everyone and leave alcohol and glass at home.

Travelling by Car

Travelling from both directions on the Pacific Highway, there will be Festival signs advising of the off ramp approaching. If you are coming from the south (i.e. Byron Bay or Ballina) you will be directed off the highway at Gulgan Road / Mullumbimby exit and will be driving across the overpass into the Festival.

If you are coming from the north (Gold Coast/Brisbane) you will be directed to turn left at the new off ramp which is leading straight into Bluesfest. Please follow signs and instructions of Traffic management team to enjoy smooth sailing into Bluesfest.

Bus Services

The buses are a cheaper and more efficient option for you - please consider leaving the car behind and catching the Bluesfest bus!

Shuttle buses will be in full operation from Thurs 17th of April at 2pm and run approximately every 20 minutes to and from the festival.

There will also be an extra service on Wednesday 16th of April and Thursday morning for campers. For all the latest information on bus times & stops servicing Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Ballina areas, phone Blanches on (02) 6686 2144 or visit

For information on bus time & stops servicing Mullumbimby / Bangalow / Brunswick Heads / Billinudgel / Ocean Shores phone (02) 6680 1566 or visit the Brunswick Valley Coaches website .


Free car parking will be available on site. Disabled parking is available for vehicles that have Gov parking permits. Please take note of speed limits and wildlife onsite!!! Drive Safely!

Please DO NOT park in the local road network around the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, which is the Blues Festival site.

Council Parking Rangers will be on patrol throughout the weekend Please do respect all the "No Stopping" signs.


Please respect the local residents, the environment and our town when leaving the festival.

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Gate Times


The Bluesfest Ticket Sales Box open at 10am daily. To validate your entry ticket to the Festival you must arrive by 10pm on the first day stated on your ticket. You can pick up your pre-paid tickets from the Pre-Paid Pick-Up window in the Ticket Sales Box. We will be starting wrist banding from10am on Thursday. Please note, if you are a 5 day camper, you may arrive on Wednesday 16th of April from 10:30am.

Day Gates Open Festival Close
Thursday 17th of April 2pm Midnight
Friday 18th of April 11am Midnight
Saturday 19th of April 11am Midnight
Sunday 20th of April 11am Midnight
Monday 21st April 11am Midnight

Do's & Don'ts

Bring with you


Your ticket (e-ticket or normal ticket). If you have an e-ticket, make sure you bring the proper ticket. Your receipt that is emailed to you, is not the e-ticket. The e-ticket has to be downloaded through the members area of our website. Please log on to, click on the members link and log on for your tickets.

  • Photo I.D
  • Enough cash to get you through the day (There will be several ATM's on site).
  • Protection from the elements (hat, sunscreen, raincoat, something warm for when it gets dark, gumboots are a great idea when it has been raining)
  • Mosquito Repellent

Leave at home


  • Alcohol - it will be confiscated on entry to the Festival
  • Illicit substances - Drug Detection Dogs will be present at the festival
  • Glass
  • IPAD's for recording
  • Unsealed bottles
  • Video or audio recorders
  • Umbrellas
  • Animals

Event Info



There will be 6 undercover stages plus one busking stage. The largest undercover stage is the Mojo stage, followed by Crossroads, Jambalaya, Delta (ex APRA), Cavanbah and Juke Joint. In short: there is an abundance of undercover stages to choose from, as well as the coffee tent and food court. Chill out in front of the outdoor screens at Mojo and Crossroads.


If you are camping for Bluesfest you will be coming through the south gate. As a camper you will be wrist-banded for both Festival and Camping at the same time.

Reminder: If you are staying in a Tent Motel or Rainbow Tipi you will need to bring your own bedding (sheet/pillow/sleeping bag or blanket) with you. These will not be supplied.

General Store

The Bluesfest General Store with basic supplies is located in camp zone 4. Bluesfest Campers...Save yourself a trip to town, as everything from milk and bread to mosquito repellent (as well as a great coffee and delicious meals) will be available. Opening Hours: Wed 12pm-11pm Thurs to Mon 6:30am-6pm.


Treat it like gold! If lost, it's not replaceable. Your wristband is non-transferable and once removed will become invalid. Your wristband acts as your pass out.


We know all our patrons are young at heart; however, patrons under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 6 are free, and those between 6-14 years must have a child's ticket. Alcohol will only be sold to patrons 18 and over who can show valid 18+ photo ID.


As Bluesfest is a 5 day event, you are welcome to come in and out of the festival. Your wristband acts as your pass out.

Alcohol & Tobacco



There are a number of bars including 2 VIP bars at Bluesfest serving a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. A brand new venue, the exclusive Sunset Club has been added this year. For more info on Sunset Club click here . A bar ticket system will be operating. You will need to purchase drink tickets and exchange them for drinks at the bar.

Bluesfest promotes responsible consumption of alcohol. Please drink responsibly. Be wise and take a bus to and from the festival. Please respect the good order of the neighbourhood and minimise noise when coming to and leaving the festival.

Smoking areas

As a result of smoking laws in NSW, cigarettes will not be sold inside the festival and you must refrain from smoking inside the tents. Please dispose of your cigarette butts thoroughly in the bins provided. Smoking is now illegal within the tents!


Info & safety

We have an information stall on site to help you with any questions you may have (you can also grab a copy of the program while you are there!) Check out the map for the Info stall location. Also check out the map for first aid tent locations. Our onsite safety hotline: 0402 690 004 this number is also printed on your wristband.

Food Stalls


This year the Blues will showcase over 35 food outlets offering a delicious range of fresh meals and snacks foods from South American to Portuguese, Middle Eastern or Indian, a good old Ozzie Burger, crepes or corn on the cob. Your taste buds will be satisfied wherever you go on this amazing festival site.

Market Stalls

The Jambalaya area will be the highlight for those with the shopping blues with over 50 market stalls displaying clothing and jewellery designs, hemp products, rainbow flags, artworks, bags, silk clothing, hats and many beautiful items from all over the world.  Keep an eye out for the original locally made designs.

Charity Stalls

We also have a number of charity stalls onsite - please dig deep to support them!


Should you need any assistance whilst onsite, make yourself known at the Volunteer HQ at the south entry gate, where you can have access to Bluesfest's disability services.

Tickets for the 2015 Bluesfest available at the Festival! Save $$$.

The 2015 Festival will be held over the Easter Long Weekend Thu 2nd - Mon 6th of April!

Are you thinking of coming to Bluesfest in 2015 and want to save close to 50% of your Ticket???


It’s the best value for money. Read on for more info:

We are already planning our 26th Bluesfest and the artists who are on the cards, are simply gob smacking. It’s going to be a wondrous and phenomenal event! At the Festival, we are giving you an opportunity to purchase your 5 day tickets and/or Buddy Packages to the 26th Bluesfest in 2015.

Round 1 Early Bird 5 day: $355 only
Round 1 Buddy Package (5 day Festival and Camping for 2): $1,150 for 2 people!

Once these tickets are sold out, prices will increase to Round 2.

Round 2 Early Bird: $375
Round 2 Buddy: $1,190 for 2 people

Green Initiatives

Refuse, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle is the Bluesfest message that has won us many green awards!!



In 2014 Bluesfest will continue our green campaign from 100% recyclable packaging used by stalls and suppliers, to the massive recycling production onsite, we are proud of our achievements and are always working on improving our recycling initiatives.

Bluesfest invites you to consider the environment and together we can decrease the volume of waste that ends up in landfill by using the effective bin systems throughout the site.

Ring pulls

Last year we noticed a significant amount of aluminium ring-pulls from beer cans discarded on the ground after the festival. Please do not detach ring pulls from your cans.

Most people live with a domestic recycling program in their home town. The same ideals and principles apply to the Bluesfest. A clean festival is a safe and fun festival!

Remember to "Green the Blues"!

Final message: Please ensure you bring mosquito repellent along. Our areas have issued a warning about mosquito borne viruses, so please take precautions. Bluesfest will be selling its own "home grown" Tea Tree Oil from the merchandise stall. It's perfect for minor cuts, abrasions, bites and stings, but do not forget to bring proper mossie repellent along.

Tickets to the 2nd Boomerang Festival!

A festival camping experience celebrating world cultures, mother tongues and first instruments.


It will be held on the October long weekend, Saturday 4th-Sunday 6th October 2014 at Bluesfest's home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. There will be a limited allocation of early-bird Boomerang tickets at the Bluesfest entry gates or the merch tent for only $150 for 3 days! That’s a real bargain.. The 1st Boomerang Festival held in October last year caused so much good will and wonderful feedback.

Book tickets now!

Other info

Drink Responsibly

There are a total of 8 bars (including 2 VIP bars) at Bluesfest, serving a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. A bar ticket system will be operating. You will need to purchase drink tickets and exchange them for drinks at the bar.


Bluesfest promotes responsible consumption of alcohol.. Please be aware to drink responsibly. Be wise and take a bus to and from the festival. Please respect the good order of the neighbourhood and minimise noise when coming to and leaving the festival.


Grab your iconic Bluesfest merch between the hrs of 12pm - 12am. Shirts, caps and all the rest! Don't forget to purchase your 2015 presale tickets from here too!!


NO SMOKING inside Festival tents. It is now illegal!!! Please respect the comfort of others. Thank you for your co-operation.

The Bluesfest 2014 app


The Bluesfest 2014 app provides you with all the Bluesfest info you need in the palm of your hand!

Schedule your day with our planner, find your way around with the event map, read up on your favourite Artists. It also has all the event info and FAQ's to make you a Bluesfest expert in no time at all!

For iPhone

For Android

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

(02) 6639 9800

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