Byron Bay Bluesfest



BB King, Grace Jones, Jethro Tull, Michael Franti, and Ben Harper. Photos by Tao Jones/taojonesphotographer.com/
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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Festival Contact Information

Bluesfest
P. O. Box 1606
Byron Bay, NSW 2481
Australia
Phone: (61) 2-6685-8310
Fax: (61) 2-6685-8370
Email: admin@bluesfest.com.au

Festival Description

The Byron Bay East Coast Blues and Roots Fest brings together an eclectic blend of musicians from all over the world lit up Byron Bay’s Tyagarah in what has become its annual music fiesta. The idyllic location and weather, the friendly township, the sweeping beaches and the uplifting blend of blues, roots, soul, world and contemporary music that, quite simply, fills people with joy. Bluesfest is proud to say that this year the festival won an international greener Festival award honoring its committment to running an environmentally sustainable festival.

Festival Dates April 14 - 23, 2014
Festival Links http://www.bluesfest.com.au/

Festival Story:

What San Francisco is to the United States, Byron Bay is to Australia. What Glastonbury is to the English, Woodstock is to Americans, this annual Easter Weekend event at the easternmost tip of the continent is to Aussies.

This locally-grown event has evolved into THE place for counter-culture to congregate in Australia each year. Don’t let the title fool you — it’s not limited to Chicago or New Orleans style blues — though they are heavily represented here — the festival has become a celebration of POPULAR MUSIC. The festival welcomes all musical comers to groove, be together, dance and participate The Festival is also full of stalls and vendors selling multi-cultural food, homemade, environmentally conscious crafts and merchandise. There is also a strong political spirit at the festival and there are many stalls with representatives from not-for-profit organizations. The open-air festival is a 5 day event that is suitable for the whole family – there is extensive programming for kids that finishes before dark. There are extensive campgrounds that surround the park and local accommodation is abundant.

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Festival Events:

Announced lineup 2014:
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Jack Johnson
  • John Mayer
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Joss Stone
  • Aaron Neville
  • Allen Stone
  • Beth Hart
  • The Beards
  • Booker T. Jones
  • Boz Scaggs
  • Buddy Guy
  • The Black Sorrows
  • Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez
  • Cambodian Space Project
  • Chali 2na
  • Chain
  • Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • C.W. Stoneking
  • Devendra Banhart
  • Devon Allman
  • Dr John & The Nite Trippers
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Dyson, Stringer & Cloher
  • Erykah Badu
  • Eric Bibb
  • Gov’t Mule
  • Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
  • Iron & Wine
  • and many, many more…

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Practical Info:

Tickets:
Venue:
  • Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm
  • Near Byron Bay
How to get there:
Family Friendly:
  • Kids are very welcome and we do provide fun and exciting activities for them. Children’s activities finish before dark daily and kids up to the age of 14 do have to be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.
Handicapped access:
  • Vehicle access (including disabled transport taxis), immediately adjacent to the front entrance gate is specifically reserved for the purpose of setting down disabled passengers.
    Disabled car parking spaces are reserved in the staff car parking area near the main entry, where people with authorized ‘disabled’ stickers will be allowed to park.
    A disabled liaison person will be available through our Information Stall (which is right opposite the entry when you walk in) to meet and greet disabled patrons and help with any requests and supply necessary information.
    Disabled toilets with access ramps in both toilet areas plus three disabled viewing areas are available throughout the Festival. Please Note: Access is available to all areas; however the site is a grassy playing field, which has some sloped areas.
FINAL WINNERS: THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD 2009:
  • The organisers of the Award, campaign and advice group AGreenerFestival.com said that they were particularly pleased with the number of outstanding festivals in 2009 with twelve festivals being awarded very high marks. The Award is based on a 56 part questionnaire which covers office management, greenhouse gas emissions, supporting green initiatives, travel and transport, waste and recycling, water management, environmental protection and noise reduction and almost all the festivals will receive a visit from an independent auditor to assess their green efforts. http://agreenerFestival.com
    • All winning Festivals will receive a special trophy designed by competition winner Sade Goddard from Keswick School in Cumbria whose winning design features a Red Kite motif and is made from recycled plastic bottles, crushed CDs and remoulded Wellington boots.
    • The winner of the overall Greener Festival Award 2009 will be announced at the UK Festival Awards which will be held at the O2 Arena in London on November 19th 2009. The following winners are…
  • OUTSTANDING GREENER FESTIVALS
    • BONNAROO (USA)
    • BIG TENT (Scotland)
    • BLUESFEST (Australia)
    • CROISSANT NEUF (England)
    • ELOICA (Spain)
    • ISLE OF WIGHT (England)
    • PEATS RIDGE (Aus)
    • ROTHBURY (USA)
    • SOUTHBOUND (Australia)
    • SUNRISE (England)
    • WAVEFORM (England)
    • WORKHOUSE (Wales)
  • THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS
    • BESTIVAL
    • BIG SESSION (England)
    • CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL (England)
    • CAMP BESTIVAL (England)
    • THE CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL
    • THE FALLS FESTIVAL (Australia)
    • GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL (England)
    • FIREGATHERING (England)
    • MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (England)
    • OYA FESTIVALEN (Norway)
    • ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH (Italy)
    • SONISPHERE (England)
    • SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER (England)
    • SZEGED (Hungary)
    • T-IN-THE-PARK (Scotland)
    • WEST BEACH (USA)
    • WOMADelaide (Australia)
  • IMPROVING GREENER FESTIVALS
    • ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL (USA)
    • BIG CHILL (England)
    • DOWNLOAD (England)
    • THE GLADE (England)
    • HYDE PARK CALLING (England)
    • STANDON CALLING (England)
    • WIRELESS (England)
    • Y-NOT (England)

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