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*You will need to have a 5 day Festival and Camping ticket to purchase a Tent Motel
If camping is not for you, there are plenty of other options for accommodation in the local area and please check out our accommodation tips on our website here!
Time to pay/Layby
Our much sought after Ticket 'Time to Pay / Layby' option is still available. Paying off your tickets in 4 easy payments over 3 months, makes it easier on the budget. However, this option will run out very soon folks, as the Festival is fast approaching. Read more about ‘Time to Pay’ here!
To say we are looking forward to spending the next Festival with you, is an understatement – we are beyond excited to be celebrating our 28th Bluesfest with you, and are already counting down the days to Thursday 17th of April! It’s only 146 to go!
Bluesfest Artist Profile – Barry Gibb
We are so excited to be welcoming one of Australia’s most successful artists EVER to Bluesfest. Barry Gibb’s career is mind boggling - As a songwriter he’s has had No. 1 songs in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s 1990s and 2000s!
His band The Bee Gees has some famous fans including Michael Jackson who said “I cried listening to their music. I knew every note, every instrument" and Beyonce who remarked “The Bee Gees were an early inspiration…We loved their songwriting and beautiful harmonies” as well as Brian May from Queen who says "Of course I was, and am a huge fan of the Bee Gees' creations in music. Undoubtedly at the pinnacle of song-writing considered over the last—30 years”.
We can’t wait to see him perform hits like this one on Easter Monday! Join us won’t you?
Boomerang Festival needs you!
The much loved Boomerang Festival has been hit with cuts to funding for both arts and Indigenous programming. Why does it always happen to indigenous arts & cuture, whilst film and sport always seem to be supported by the current government?. Whilst Boomerang has a temporary home at Bluesfest, it needs upwards of $800,000 to become a stand-alone festival once again and a minimum of $200,000 to present at Bluesfest.
The ultimate goal for Festival Directors Rhoda Roberts AO and Peter Noble OAM is to make Boomerang Festival the foremost Indigenous arts and culture Festival in the world. The ambition is huge, but Peter, Rhoda and their team believe the time is right and Australia is ready to step out on the world stage and become known as the destination for authentic and quality Indigenous cultural exchanges.
This is where you come in, when you buy tickets to Bluesfest you can opt to make a donation to keep Boomerang Festival going. If you alredy have your tickets, but still want to make a contribution you can do so via the Boomerang website
Bluesfest Touring update:
Miles Electric Band, Nahko, Rhiannon Giddens and more added to the touring line up!
Bluesfest Touring adds another six highly acclaimed international artists to their already massive touring roster for 2017. We are thrilled to share what makes Easter weekend in Byron Bay so special with music fans in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
MILES ELECTRIC BAND
Visiting Australia for the first time Miles Electric Band is a ten member, all-star concert that has been created in association with the Miles Davis Estate to bring his music to new generations. The group features Miles Davis alumni including Grammy nominee Robert Irving III, legendary Parliament Funkadelic guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, Munyungo Jackson and Grammy winner Vince Wilburn, Jr. (Davis’ nephew) on drums. Darryl Jones, recognised for his recordings with Davis, Sting and decades long tour duty for the Rolling Stones provides the bass backbone. Davis’ long time keyboardist John Beasley also plays with the band. Finding a trumpeter to join this illustrious group was no small task, but when the Davis Estate heard Grammy winner Christian Scott play, they knew he was worthy.
Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW - THU 13 APRIL 2017
Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC - SAT 15 APRIL 2017
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
The people have spoken and they can’t get enough of Nahko and Medicine for the People! Bluesfest Touring is delighted to announce they will be bringing their joyful live concerts back to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in 2017.
170 Russell, Melbourne VIC - WED 12 APRIL 2017
Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW - THU 13 APRIL 2017
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD - SUN 16 APRIL 2017
She wowed audiences with her emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess at Bluesfest last year, with many calling her the best act at the festival. Bluesfest Touring is thrilled to have Rhiannon Giddens touring to Sydney and Melbourne in 2017.
Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW - SAT 8 APRIL 2017
The Corner, Melbourne VIC - TUE 11 APRIL 2017
Making his Australian debut, Max Jury comes on like the missing link between Gram Parsons and George Harrison, shot through with the grace of James Blake. An impeccable song-crafter, he’s got one foot in the cornfields and the other in the nearest dive bar whilst his fingers skip across the keys of his Fender Rhodes. One to watch, this is an artist you will be bragging about seeing in years to come.
The Basement, Sydney NSW - THU 13 APRIL 2017
THE RECORD COMPANY
The Record Company are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, they have taken their hometown by storm, and now they are here to take on Australia! Bluesfest Touring can’t wait for Sydney and Melbourne to discover their raw and sincere sound. They are going to be huge, a real discovery that are the talk of the Blues and Roots community around the world.
Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW - WED 19 APRIL 2017
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC - THU 20 APRIL 2017
Trevor Hall’s music is an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting – it echoes with the names and teachings of divinities, while maintaining a refreshingly universal message. Fans in Sydney and Melbourne will have the chance to fall under his spell.
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC - TUE 11 APRIL 2017
Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW - WED 12 APRIL 2017