The Byron Bay Bluesfest is one of the biggest, and most popular, events in Byron Bay. Held annually over Easter it attracts thousands of people to the region.
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018
When? Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April
Lineup – Amongst many others that have been announced, the lineup for 2018 includes the legendary Lionel Richie, Robert Plant and The Sensational Shape Shifters, Tash Sultana, Morcheeba, John Butler Trio and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers. For the full-lineup go here.
Tickets – You can purchase either 1, 3 or 5 day tickets:
- 1 Day Tickets: from $159
- 3 Day Tickets: from $440 (not including camping)
- 5 Day Tickets: from $595 (not including camping)
If you buy your tickets early they are sometimes a bit cheaper. Check here for the latest prices.
Location – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm is found between Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. It’s about a 10 minute drive from Byron Bay. There are numerous transport options available to get there from Byron Bay.
Accommodation If you’re not camping onsite then make sure you book accommodation at the original site of the festival at The Arts Factory Lodge in Byron Bay very soon, as tickets sell fast!
History of the Byron Bay Bluesfest
It all began in 1990 as a 3 day music festival over the Easter weekend at ‘The Piggery’ at our very own Arts Factory Lodge in Byron Bay itself. Known originally as the ‘East Coast International Blues & Roots Music Festival’ it attracted only around 6000 people. Each year the crowds grow and what is now known as Bluesfest has found a permanent home at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. The location has the capacity for over 100,000 people and camping for 6,000.
The Bluesfest to this day remains one of Australia’s most acclaimed and respected festivals and has been inspirational for many other festivals around the world.
The festival has hosted a number of internationally recognised artists over its history including John Mayer, ZZ Top, REM, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, The Roots, Michael Franti, The Dave Matthews Band, Donovan Frankenreiter, The Black Keys, Joss Stone, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Sinead O’Connor. Not to mention all the Australian local favourites such as The John Butler Trio, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire, Keith Urban, Midnight Oil, Angus and Julia Stone and Wolfmother.
In 2011, the Bluesfest went one step further, with a few names that have influenced musical history for decades. Bob Dylan and BB King were added to the 2011 line up to join the prestigious list of names to play the ever-growing festival down under.
The Bluesfest has collected a number of awards over the years including the Helpmann Award for Australia’s best contemporary Music Festival in 2005 and 2006, and has been awarded Rhythms Magazine readers poll for ‘Australia’s Best Music Festival’ every year between 1994 and 2010. Bluesfest won Gold at NSW Tourism Awards for Majors Events & Festivals
Tickets always sell fast, as expected, so if you feel as though you should be at Bluesfest 2017, don’t hesitate and get in now and make sure you book accommodation in Byron Bay very soon if you’re not camping out at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm!