The Byron Bay Bluesfest remains one of Australia’s most acclaimed and respected festivals and has been inspirational for many other festivals around the world. Held annually over Easter is one of the biggest, and most popular, events in Byron Bay and it attracts thousands of people to the region. It showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW. Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with various stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.
Chill out as you listen to some of the biggest names in music, which in the past have included legends Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Crosby, Stills & Nash, alongside contemporary performers such as Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse and Alabama Shakes. This event has a reputation for securing top musical talent, and attracts a crowd of more than 100,000 people. The 2017 bill includes the Lumineers, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Neil Young and Andrew Bird.
Take part in the Boomerang festival at Bluesfest, which celebrates Australasia’s indigenous cultures through traditional and contemporary music, dance and workshops, and features some of the world’s oldest instruments and rituals. Join weaving circles, carving, drumming and traditional Maori healing with elders, at the indigenous arts precinct within Bluesfest.
Festival goers can expect an abundance of food stalls, covering a variety of different cuisines, including Japanese, Indian, Malaysian and Mexican. The festival grounds include an undercover food court, coffee tent and licensed bars, and you’re guaranteed to find something to satisfy all palates. There are also market stalls selling merchandise, clothing and accessories.