Wishing you a wonderful New Year with lots of happy moments. May 2016 be YOUR year and OUR Bluesfest together!
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Happy New Year!

Wishing you a wonderful New Year with lots of happy moments.

May 2016 be YOUR year and OUR Bluesfest together!


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A lot of our team, friends and also families just returned from one of the best festivals in Australia: Woodford Folk Festival. We loved it!

Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival have a deep and special relationship which is valued very highly on both ends. It is not often that two festival directors can sit and openly talk to each other. Hats off to Bill Hauritz and Peter Noble. You are the best. 


Now moving on to the next big date on the calendar: Bluesfest -  only 78 days away, which is a matter of weeks and time is flying.

This year will once again see some of the greatest names in the field of music (with more yet to be announced), bundled up in a 5 day Festival journey, which brings friends and family together, as well as form new friendships for life.

Over 100 artists and around 200 performances, across 5 major undercover stages (plus one much loved Busking stage), will be giving you the best music has to offer. For those of you who have not been, and are coming for the first time this year, Bluesfest also offers an abundance of local food and market stalls, as well as bars serving your favourite drinks, and of course there is camping, parking and so much more. Check out all amazing facilities right here.

And most important: To see who is performing at Bluesfest so far, take a look the Daily Artist Playing Schedule by clicking the button below.

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There has been a recent surge in ticket sales, especially in the 5 day ticket, 5 day buddy pack and all 3 day ticket configurations. Single day tickets are still available but will be going quick now as the festival fast approaches! 

Be sure to book your travel and accommodation as soon as you can, as things will soon start to sell out, right around the region.

If you’re the more adventurous type, or just love Bluesfest so much you don’t want to leave for the duration, and want to make the most of every moment on site, why not camp?!


Speaking of travelling to Bluesfest, our very good friends at Byron Bay’s local airport, Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, is giving you the chance to win a VIP prize package for you and 3 friends worth over $9,000!*

Prize includes 4 x 5 day VIP Bluesfest 2016 tickets, 5 nights’ accommodation in a 2 bedroom villa at the new luxurious Elements of Byron Resort, and a $1,200 flight voucher. This is an extremely rare offering.

Entry is easy; simply fill in the details via this link to go into the draw. Competition ends on 7th of February! Good luck!


Most of you are aware that in addition to the incredible line-up, Bluesfest 2016 welcomes back Boomerang Festival, in the largest gesture of support by a private organisation in the region of indigenous arts & culture.

Boomerang is Northern NSW’s first indigenous arts & culture festival and curated to the highest of standards by one of the world’s most respected, indigenous creative directors, Rhoda Roberts, who also happens to be a Bundjalung woman, our local mob. 

Boomerang offers the answer to what the entire nation is seeking: Reconcilation. Boomerang has the potential to become one of the foremost cultural events on the Australian calendar.

Supporting Boomerang is a gift you give yourself. The cultural enrichment offered by our First Nations people is something that will open your eyes, your mind, and possibly even change your life – for the better.

If you are one of the 92% of Australians who agree that indigenous arts and culture is important, and want to raise your hand as one of the First Friends of Boomerang, support the crowd funding campaign, so we can bring you an even greater event.  What’s so good about this campaign is you can support Boomerang, experience some of the most beautiful parts of our local region, and get a Bluesfest 2016 festival ticket in one hit! You can’t go wrong!

Hurry – the campaign concludes on Sunday 31st January 2016. Join the community and spread the word!


If you’re one of the poor souls who are unable to make it to Bluesfest this year, never fear! We have a seriously impressive array of Bluesfest artists touring Australia and New Zealand during Bluesfest season.

From bonafide legends to the most exciting up & coming artists in the world – we are proud of the diverse talent we are exclusively bringing down under.

D'Angelo, Brian Wilson, and Jackson Browne are close to selling out their 2016 tours.

Critically acclaimed Grammy nominated, new folk beauty Rhiannon Giddens, Blues music royalty and dripping with awards, Janiva Magness, and Indie heartbreakers Lord Huron are just some of the fine artists we have sourced from USA, whom you can say ‘we saw them before they were huge in Australia’!

And of course, the legendary Lucky Peterson is back for a rare performance indeed – don’t miss these hot live shows!

Get out and see some live music this Easter


More exciting news to come out of the Bluesfest camp in the coming weeks.

Make sure you check in on our Facebook page regularly to catch the latest news on all our 2016 artists, and be part of the community conversation.