Bluesfest (East Coast Blues & Roots Festival) @ Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm - Byron Bay
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The Byron Bay Blues Festival or Bluesfest is Australia's premiere Blues & Roots Music Festival with more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists. In addition to seven all weather performance stages, there are licensed bars, undercover food courts, food and market stalls. Starting from humble beginnings back in 1990 the festival quickly outgrew its birthplace at the Arts Factory on Skinners Shoot Road in Byron Bay. The festival has since had various homes including the local rugby grounds at Red Devil Park and Belongil Fields which are both just a few minutes drive from the town centre. The festival found a more permanent home from 2010 when it moved to the old Tyagarah Ti Tree farm situated around 15 minutes north west of Byron Bay. The 300 acre farm was purchased in 2007 and was transformed into a dedicated festival site which now hosts a handful of festivals throughout the year.
The Bluesfest has consistently grown in popularity over the years and now over 100,000 tickets are sold annually to the 5 day event. In 2004 the Bluesfest was nominated as International Music Festival Of The Year at the USA Pollstar Awards alongside the UK’s Glastonbury & The Montreaux Jazz Festival, the first time an Australian Festival had ever been nominated.
As the Bluesfest is held over the Easter long weekend, accommodation is in very high demand... especially if Easter coincides with the school holidays, so the sooner you book, the bigger choice you'll have. Most accommodation in Byron gets completely booked out over the weekend and ... the bigger the group the harder it will be to find something suitable so get in early.
- Checkout our Bluesfest accommodation guide and book early to avoid disappointment.
- If you need a house, decide if you want to book direct or use an agent. It can be easier using a booking agent, but it can be costly because over the festival period they will add properties to their books that usually take bookings direct - which often means the booking commission gets added to the tariff (we know some people paid an extra $500 in previous years by booking through an agent!).
Book Direct & Save. The byronbay.com web site offers the widest range of accommodation in Byron Bay... we think it's the best place to start ;-)