Byron Bay Bluesfest
Every Easter weekend in Australia they come; an annual pilgrimage of 17,500 music lovers to worship the Gods of Blues, Roots and alternative music. For some it is a family tradition, for some a rite of passage, and for some a one-off event that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival is famous for more than just the outstanding music, it is renowned for its chilled out, homely feel and good vibes.
Where is Byron Bay Bluesfest?
Byron Bay in northern New South Wales is the most easterly point of Australia, the first to be touched by the morning sun. Famous for its incredibly beautiful surf beaches, alternative lifestyle and artistic community, Byron Bay is popular with the rich and famous, families and backpackers – Everyone loves Byron Bay for its beauty and positive energy. It is the ideal location to celebrate the earthy sounds of blues and roots at its best.
The festival has just celebrated its 24th year and its 4th year at the new permanent venue of Tyagarah Tee Tree Farm just. The farm, nestled on 120 hectares, operates as a working farm for most of the year but turns into the Blues Festival Site for a few weeks either side of the Easter weekend.
What does Bluesfest offer?
- Five days of music, good food, good company and good vibes
- The very best of international and local performers who have been chosen for being the finest musicians or for sharing their culture or social justice issues through their music.
- Six performance stages, 3 licensed bars, 2 undercover food halls and an undercover sit-down, chill out area where you can relax, catch up with friends, have a cuppa but still watch the acts on the Mojo stage on the big screen.
- The whole festival is child-friendly with a supervised play area and plenty to do besides just listen to music.
- Ample parking for $5/day – part of which goes to charity
- Camping for 6,500 visitors in natural bush setting with showers, toilets and general store
- Generally blue skies and sunshine, but it has been known to rain, so bring gumboots and raincoats
- A choice of single-day entry or 3-5 day passes with/without camping
How to Get ThereByron Bay is only an hour’s drive south of the Gold Coast and approximately two hours from Brisbane. A shuttle bus runs between Brisbane and Gold Coast airports to Byron Bay.
Where to Stay
If you want to have a place to have some down time during the festival, then consider a combination festival and camping pass. The Festival site has camping for 6,500 with showers and washrooms.
Off site there is a variety of rental accommodation in Byron Bay and surrounding towns or you can travel easily from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. There are many holiday parks/camping grounds for tents or motor-homes, heaps of excellent backpacker accommodation and then everything from self-contained holiday apartments to 5-star resorts.
Shuttle buses run from Byron Bay and surrounding towns to and from the Festival grounds regularly from opening to close of the festival, so wherever you choose to stay, you don’t have to miss out on a moment of the music and fun.
Photo courtesy of Steve Mc