Did you hear the great news? We won the NSW Tourism Gold Award for Major Festival & Event for the 2nd year in a row last week!
28 November 2016
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More Awards? Oh yes!


Did you hear that Bluesfest won the NSW Tourism Gold Award for Major Festival & Event for the 2nd year in a row last week? On top of being nominated by the US Pollstar Awards for the World’s Best International Music Festival for the fifth year in a row?

We must be doing something right, but it’s very clear that we could not be doing this without you! We are ALWAYS very grateful for your loyalty & support. THANK YOU SO MUCH.


NSW Tourism Awards:

The NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge Tourism excellence in NSW. We won, not only the 2nd year in a row, but it’s the 4th time all up that we had the honour to take home Gold in the Category of Major Festival & Events. Rusty Thorpe, our head of Bluesfest marketing was there to accept the award.

Check out his passionate acceptance speech here – Go Rusty!


Bluesfest over 75% sold out and going strong!


It’s all happening in our busy Bluesfest Ticketing department and the Christmas Bluesfest Ticket rush is only beginning. Our latest stats show that Bluesfest is over 75% sold out overall BUT beware; this does not include every Ticket type.

The 5 Day Ticket:

We are reporting record breaking numbers for 2017, and it’s fantastic to see that so many of you embrace Bluesfest for the entire 5 days. It really is all about being there for the 5 days, as this gives you ALL Bluesfest has to offer! 5 days of Music, up to 12 hours a day, across 5 undercover stages!

Did you know that camping right on site is becoming more popular each year? No suprise, because with all the food, drink and shopping available at Bluesfest, there is no need to leave the Festival at all – well, unless you wish to check out Byron Bay, and all it has to offer. There are regular busses going back and forth from Byron Bay all day to late at night.

The 3 Day Ticket:


IMPORTANT: The Fri/Sat/Sun 3 Day Ticket is selling through the roof and will be sold out very soon  - this could be sooner rather than later!

You also have the option to purchase a 3 Day Thu/Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun/Mon Ticket – all of which are hot sellers too.

Three days at Bluesfest also gives you a huge selection of headline artists, favourites and new discoveries. It’s not the full shebang, but it’s as close as it gets to it.

The Single Day Ticket:

You have FIVE single day options to come to Bluesfest: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

Coming for only ONE day is of course better than not coming at all. So many amazing bands are playing each day and all single day options are still available, but we are finding that some days are selling a lot quicker than other days! 




The 'Time to Pay/Layby' option is coming to an end!

So many of you have opted to buy their Tickets via the hugely popular 'Time to pay/Lay by' option, which allows you to pay off your Tickets in 4 easy payments over 3 months!

This option will expire on THURSDAY 15th of DECEMBER, as Bluesfest is fast approaching, so please jump on the 'Time to pay' wagon now, so you have your Tickets all paid off in time for Bluesfest.

Another added bonus using the 'Time to pay' Plan is that, by locking in your Tickets now, you sure are avoiding any further and upcoming Ticket price rises - Bingo!

Read more 'Time to Pay' info


Easter Sunday is Fun day at Bluesfest! Check out why!

Whether you have already purchased your Tickets and it includes Sunday, or you are trying to choose what day to attend, take a look at some of the glorious treats coming your way on Easter Sunday at Bluesfest. Below is a snippet of artists who are performing on Easter Sunday, but of course there are many more joining them on the day – for full line up to date, please click here.

Sunday at Bluesfest



For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide.The sound of Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures and you will only get to see Santana perform at Bluesfest on Easter Sunday.

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Zac Brown Band

We had some breaking news last week that Zac Brown fans will be able to see Zac perform at Bluesfest 3 times, once with his new outfit Sir Rosevelt on Easter Saturday and twice as Zac Brown in the Zac Brown Band on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. In short terms: The Zac Brown Band is HUGE and within the top 20 highest grossing bands in the world in 2016 for ticket sales to date (source Pollstar Magazine). Their songs, their rhythm and beat – it’s for everyone!

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Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy, THE KING OF THE BLUES, will be coming to Australia next Easter to perform exclusively at Bluesfest. The iconic Blues guitarist and singer, who is now 80 years old has been a pivotal force in music history.  Buddy Guy has influenced titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan – say no more!

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Yes, English Ska Icons Madness are going to bring down OUR HOUSE on Easter Sunday. Madness have remained a British Phenomenon and it’s going to be one massive party listening to their hits, as well as new songs! There is no other band like Madness and they are only performing at Bluesfest on Easter Sunday. Their hits include Our House, It Must Be Love, House Of Fun, One Step Beyond and so many more!

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Jethro Tull

Oh yes, this is the real deal - Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, is bringing Jethro Tull to Bluesfest on Easter Sunday. Jethro Tull were, by the mid-seventies, one of the most successful live performing acts on the world stage, rivalling Zeppelin, Elton John and even the Rolling Stones. How can you miss this only performance on Easter Sunday?

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Experience Jimi Hendrix

OMG all you Jimmy Hendrix fans out there, you will be in for a real thrill when Experience Jimi Hendrix takes the stage. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix's unparalleled creative and musical influence Experience Jimi Hendrix is a concert that brings together an all-star line-up of some of Australia's guitar greats, each performing their 2 favourite Jimi Hendrix songs and a couple of surprise duets. Only on Easter Sunday performing at Bluesfest!

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And folks -  this aint even half of it. Other Artists so far announced on Easter Sunday are Mavis Staples, Slightly Stoopid, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Rhiannon Giddens, Booker T presents the Stax Record Review, Mud Morganfield, Devon Allman, Max Jury, Turin BrakesJake Shimabukuro, Dumpstaphunk, The Record Company, The Suffers, Nikki Hill, The California Honeydrops, Irish Mythen.



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