Byron Bay Bluesfest

Social Responsibility & Charities

 Bluesfest announces 2018 Cystic Fibrosis raffle winners!

The 2018 Cystic Fibrosis raffle held at Bluesfest has raise a total of $52,800! This brings the total raised at Bluesfest over the past 19 years to $582,800!

The LUCKY winning tickets numbers were:

1st Prize M/s E Tsujimoto  of Murarrie/Brisbane Qld 4172
2nd Prize M/s A Harman of Berwick Vic 3506
3rd Prize M/s A Baum of Springwood/Brisbane Qld 4127

We Contribute

Bluesfest is respected for creating ongoing employment and contracts work placement opportunities for individuals and small businesses in Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers. A small regional part of Australia with limited employment opportunities.

Bluesfest not only invests in our local community contributing over $20 million to the Northern Rivers region and an estimated total of $40 million to the NSW economy annually, it continues to provide countless opportunities to local musicians, artists, volunteers and businesses through performance platforms, stalls, and networks.

As a world recognised destination event with 49% of Bluesfest patrons visiting from outside NSW. Bluesfest is responsible for significant injections into NSW and Byron Shire tourism economies and brand awareness.

Bluesfest stimulates local tourism and hospitality industries in great numbers. Many Byron Bay business owners have attributed Bluesfest for their busiest week all year, including Christmas.

WE CARE about the community, wildlife, and the environment. We facilitate fundraising for local charities, run progressive sustainability and recycling policies and work with local foundations on the protection and care for koalas & bees on the festival site.


Bluesfest is proud to to have supported these charities to name a few:

Bluesfest Associated Charities (2017/2018)

We are immensely proud of the contribution we’ve been able to make in the local and international charity community. Bluesfest recognise the importance of providing opportunities for charities to engage with our patrons and annually provide a location on site for the local divisions of The Cancer Council, Westpac Helicopter Rescue and Cystic Fibrosis as well as other local charities such as Byron Youth Service and The Uncle Project.

Bluesfest has two major charities. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have been with us for the last 17 years and with the generous annual donation from Gibson Guitars signed by artists performing at the festival Cystic Fibrosis are delighted to have raised over $532,000.00 to date. Bluesfest is now the highest annual fundraising contributor for Cystic Fibrosis in Australia. In 2017 we raised $57,000!

The Playing For Change Foundation returned to Bluesfest 2017 for the fourth time in a row and raised upwards of $40,000 enabling the Foundation to build music schools in Thailand and now Bali under the direction of Bluesfest Director, Peter Noble, who is an ambassador for Playing For Change.

Each year we celebrate Bluesfest with approximately 10 charity stalls and collectively our patrons contribute to these charities with an average of over $125,000 raised.