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Byron Shire Council COVID-19 Update playgrounds and skateparks reopening

Byron Shire Council is reopening playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment and skateparks following the decision by the NSW Government to ease some restrictions in NSW.

People do however need to remember that outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and this applies to people using playgrounds, skateparks and fitness equipment.  Social distancing rules also apply.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the easing of restrictions was good news for parents and children, but people still need to heed the NSW Government’s rules.

“If you go to a playground and there are more than 10 people there – please leave and go back later,” Mayor Richardson said.

“For those of us with kids, we are getting agonisingly close to providing them some normality, so the last thing we want is to be in the situation where we have to shut everything again,” he said.

Staff are thoroughly cleaning all playgrounds for reopening but people need to take responsibility for their personal hygiene including washing hands before and after using play equipment. 

“The NSW Government is saying that people should assume the person who has used the equipment before them has COVID-19 so everyone needs to take responsibility and make sure they wash their hands and that of their children, and carry santiser as well,” Mayor Richardson said.

The Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) has announced there have been two more cases of COVID-19 detected in the region. 

The free COVID-19 clinic at the Byron Central Hospital is operating seven days a week and anyone with symptoms including a fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath is urged to get tested. 

“With the easing of restrictions and the detection of two more cases in the health district, which stretches from Grafton to Tweed, now more than ever, we need to remain vigilant and observe social distancing protocols and that means keeping 1.5m away from everyone except people in your household,” Mayor Richardson said.

UPDATE  (15 May 2020) ON COUNCIL SERVICES AND FACILITIES

Playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor fitness equipment
Open but people need to note social distancing protocols.

Byron Wetlands (West Byron Sewage Treatment Plant)
Open but only for people on their own. No groups are allowed and the bird hide and interpretive centre remain closed.

Council offices – Mullumbimby
Closed but staff are available via telephone and email. Call 6626 7000 or email council@byron.nsw.gov.au.

Carparks – Byron Bay and Broken Head
Closed until further notice.

Libraries
Closed to face-to-face customers but a ‘click and collect’ service is operating.  Go to www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au for information.

Pools
Closed for the winter season.

Information about changes to Council’s facilities in relation to COVID-19 is available at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

For information on the NSW Government’s Public Health Order and the easing of restrictions go to www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Visitors told to stay away from Byron Shire

Orders from the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazard, have officially made Byron Shire off-limits to visitors.

The Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 directs that a person must not leave their residence without a reasonable excuse such as food shopping, work, exercise or going to a medical appointment.  Going on a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the message cannot possibly be any louder or clearer – do not come to Byron Shire for a day-trip or the Easter weekend.

“NSW Police and Council will not tolerate people coming to our Shire at this desperate and dire time,” Mayor Richardson said.

“If people have booked an apartment or holiday house for Easter then that is too bad – everyone in our community is hurting, our businesses are closed, people are scared and vulnerable and the vast majority of residents are absolutely heeding the isolation and social distancing rules.

“For the health and safety of our residents we cannot afford to expose ourselves to COVID-19 any more than we have been already,” Mayor Richardson said.

“There are very heavy penalties for failing to comply with these Government Orders and local Police have informed Council they are taking the matter very, very seriously.

“If people are aware of anyone planning to come to Byron for a break – tell them to think again because, as we are telling them #ByronStayHome - they are not welcome at the moment,” Mayor Richardson said.

Looking for a Byron Bay haven?

Here's a range of quaint accommodation options for couples looking for a one bedroom Byron Bay haven, to enjoy some together time. These options are conveniently located an easy walk or short drive from the hustle and bustle of the centre of town. 

To further enjoy your time in Byron Dinner is Served Can supply everything you need, from breakfast packs, delicious dinners, sides and desserts, and more. Browse their extensive menu - they can deliver right to your holiday accommodation.

The Cactus Rose Villa

Located above the iconic Spell Byron Bay Store. The one bedroom, one bathroom holiday villa located in central Byron Bay boasts a full kitchen, solar heated pool, TV, AC, Wi-Fi and a beautiful open outdoor deck.

The Shed Byron Bay

Spacious, meticulously renovated & light-filled Byron Bay studio, walk to Tallow Beach, a short (1.6km) drive / bike ride into town. Sleeps 2.

Treetops Rainforest Villa

Set in a lush rainforest, our stylish and spacious (One or two bedroom) villa is situated in a quiet, residential part of Byron.

A SWEET ESCAPE - Studio 9

Fresh, sunlit and private, Studio 9 is perfect for couples to enjoy the beaches, cafes and nightlife, all just a short stroll away. Compact and well appointed, this property is beautifully styled and very comfortable for a quiet couples getaway. 
 

 

 

Sample Food Festival 2019 restaurant line-up

Today we reveal the list of restaurants ready to tantalise your tastebuds at the Ninth Annual Sample Food Festival on Saturday 7th September at the Bangalow Showground. 

The 2019 line-up of restaurants include a hand-picked selection of 27 of our region's best, varying from award-winning and fine-dining establishments who focus on seasonal produce and menus inspired by the Northern Rivers, to inventive restaurants, chefs and caterers influenced by global flavours. 

There will also be a great selection of restaurants offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This year we will also have a dedicated vegan market, full of plant-based delights!

With 27 of our region's best restaurants, chefs and caterers attending the festival this year, who will win the best $10 and $5 tasting plate?! 

  • Harvest Newrybar
  • Raes on Wategos
  • La Casita
  • Bang Bang Byron Bay
  • Shelter
  • Barrio
  • Scratch Patisserie
  • Macadamia Castle
  • Quattro / Olive & Luca Catering
  • Eltham Valley Pantry & Barefoot Farm Byron
  • Safya Byron Bay
  • Ilias The Greek
  • Paella Time
  • Shoza Gyoza
  • Butcher Baker
  • No Bones
  • Yulli's Byron Bay
  • Dirty Little Herbivore
  • Koobideh
  • The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
  • Luscious Foods
  • Salumi
  • Nimbin Valley Cheese
  • A Chef’s Pocket
  • The Northern
  • Fish Mongers
  • Federal Doma Cafe and Bellingen Qudo Cafe & Sake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Sample Food Festival 
Saturday, September 7, 8 AM – 4 PM
Bangalow Showgrounds, $5 entry

Byron on sale - Winter deals for you.

Winter temperatures typically reach a high of about 20°C and a low of about 12°C.

Whales migrate north May through August and Byron Bay is an excellent spot for whale watching. Either from land on the beach or up at the lighthouse, or on a whale watching tour.

There are a range of markets in the Byron region each weekend + farmers markets during the week.

Here are a few of the Byron Bay winter specials available.

Outrigger Bay Apartments

A choice of one, two and three bedroom self contained apartments, each are open plan and spacious offering a comfortable and relaxed feel. Located 150m from town and a mere 50 metres walk to the beach. Stay 5 nights or more before 31 Aug, and get 1 night free.

Arts Factory - Backpackers Lodge

An enchanted 5-acre subtropical haven only 5 minutes walk from town and Byron Bay's beautiful surfing beaches. Huge range of accommodation options, including Teepees, book direct online for the best rates.

Absolute Beachfront Access - Katz

5 bed plus studio, backs on to Main Beach. Up to 60% discount off peak season rates (conditions apply). Generous, sumptuous welcome pack of local produce. Late check out / in house yoga, remedial massage available. Stay 7 nights get the 8th free.

Where to Spot Whales in Byron Bay

Whales that make their way along the east coast of Australia during their annual migration and Byron offers some excellent opportunities to see them.

Buddha Gardens Balinese Day Spa

2.5 HOURS OF HEAVENLY BLISS! ONLY $189 (VALUE $270). Rose Body Foot soak. Rose & Tangerine Relaxation Foot or Hand Massage. Swedish back, neck & shoulder massage. Rehydrating Mini Glow Facial. Incl. 1 hr Garden area with heated plunge pool and sauna.
 

OVER 20 INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIAN BREWERIES COME TOGETHER IN BURLEIGH TO RAISE THE INDUSTRY BAR

Stone & Wood, Balter, Black Hops and Burleigh Brewing will be joined by 19 independent Australian breweries and distillers for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast on Saturday 17 August, an all-inclusive beer festival and charity fundraiser open to the community. 

Held at the Surfstitch Warehouse in Burleigh Waters, Stone & Wood’s Backyard Invitational Gold Coast invites over 20 independent breweries, two distilleries and a local kombucha to share their products and connect with drinkers, with intimate tasting stands, industry talks and masterclasses. 

Alongside the breweries, including local farmhouse brewers Currumbin Valley Brewing, Kaiju! Beer from Victoria and Capital Brewing Co. from Canberra, there’ll be food trucks and live music throughout the day.  

Spread across two sessions (12–3.30pm; 4.30–8pm), tickets to the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast include entry to the festival, all beer, access to talks and masterclasses, a take-home beer cup and a $5 food truck voucher.

Profits from the Backyard Invitational will be directed to a Gold Coast charity via Stone & Wood’s national not-for-profit, the inGrained Foundation. 

The inaugural Backyard Invitational held at Stone & Wood’s Brisbane brewery site, opening later this year, helped raise $3,800 for Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ last November.

Tickets for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast are $60 each plus booking fee, available from Thursday 11 July for purchase at www.stoneandwood.com.au.  

Byron Bay’s markets to be temporarily relocated

Byron Bay’s popular monthly community market and the weekly farmers market are to be temporarily relocated for six months while the Byron bypass is being constructed.

Byron Community markets move to the beachfront from 4 August 2019.

Byron Farmers markets move to the Cavanbah Centre starting 11 July 2019.

Locals and visitors who love the markets are urged to continue the great tradition of their monthly poke around artisan stalls or doing their weekly shop and buying amazing produce.

“Our markets are great cultural icons of our community and amazing economic incubators and all Councillors are strong supporters of the markets and the fabulous  businesses that trade there,” Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said.

The operators of both markets have been working closely with Council for months, trying to find alternative sites for the markets.

“Staff and market operators have gone through an exhaustive process to find temporary sites, on either Council-managed or private land, that will accommodate stall holders and visitors and the beachfront and Cavanbah Centre are seen to be the most viable venues available,” Mayor Richardson said.

“Certainly there are constraints with the beachfront location for the community market with traffic a key consideration and this is one thing we will be monitoring closely.

“Similarly there are aspects of the Cavanbah Centre that aren’t perfect for the farmers market including the move away from the town centre.

“But when you balance the constraints with cancellation of the markets for six months this is the best option.

“Market stalls are businesses providing regular incomes for people and families, many of them locals, and to cancel the markets would have a huge impact on their livelihoods.

“Change is difficult for people but this is only short-term so I am hoping that local residents and regular market goers will make a conscious decision to continue to support the markets, and the stall holders, as they have done for years,” Mayor Richardson said.

”Keep supporting, keep loving our markets and keep the tradition of a great experience alive,” he said.

The markets will move back to the Butler Street Reserve in February 2020.

THREE WORLD-CLASS CHEFS ANNOUNCED FOR SAMPLE FOOD FESTIVAL 2019!

Sample a taste of Northern New South Wales with the Sample Food Festival, the premier food event for Northern NSW. It takes place on the 1st Saturday in September at the Bangalow Showgrounds, in the Byron Bay hinterland. The 9th Annual Sample Food Festival will be held on Saturday 7th September 2019.

Since the debut festival in 2011, farmers, producers, chefs and a whole range of creative individuals from all corners of the region, have come together to share their wares, their passion and their knowledge.

Each year foodies from far and wide have the opportunity to “sample” the best food and beverage, Northern New South Wales has to offer. The region’s top restaurants compete for the coveted “Gold Fork” awards and collaborate on a special luncheon.

Food lovers rejoice! Sample Food Festival is thrilled to announce that some of Australia’s best chefs will be at the ninth annual Sample Food Festival to be held at the Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday 7th September 2019!

It is an absolute honour to be welcoming celebrity chef Matt Moran, an Australian food icon and a pioneer of the ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy, to this year’s Sample Food Festival. 

This year’s guest chef is Federico Zanellato of LuMi Dining Sydney, who was nominated Citi Chef of The Year 2017 by SMH Good Food Guide. Federico will be wowing Sample lunch patrons with his signature style of modern Italian with a Japanese twist and will also be a guest chef at the Sample Food Festival. 

We are also very pleased to announce that festival favourite Luca Ciano will be back at this year’s event. With less than three months to go, this year’s festival is already shaping up to be one of our best yet...

Tickets for the Sample lunch along with other ticketed events and workshops will be going on sale soon! 
 

Byron Writers Festival 2019 Full Program announcement

Three days with story creators and idea makers at Australia's largest regional literary event.

Byron Writers Festival 2019 (2-4 August) has revealed a powerful and inspiring program featuring more than 140 Australian and international speakers spanning fiction, memoir, crime, environment, society, politics, poetry, art, comedy and music. Festival audiences can enjoy more than 120 different sessions over three days at Elements of Byron Resort as well as writers’ workshops, a program for children and satellite events in venues across the Northern Rivers region. 

 

“Now more than ever our world needs writers, environmentalists, poets, commentators, politicians and artists who together can shape stories of hope, courage and change,” says Festival Director Edwina Johnson. “Now in its 23rd year, Byron Writers Festival embraces audiences and authors from far and wide for three unforgettable days that celebrate the power of words and storytelling, creating lasting memories for all who attend.”
 
Fiction
Fiction lovers will be delighted with a line-up that includes celebrated writers Markus Zusak (Bridge of Clay), Gail Jones (The Death of Noah Glass), Toni Jordan (The Fragments) and Jock Serong (Preservation). The impressive roll-call of award-winning novelists continues with Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip), Dominic Smith (The Electric Hotel), Tony Birch (The White Girl ) and Tara June Winch (The Yield). Master crime writer Michael Robotham and one of Australia’s most successful authors Di Morrissey will also feature in conversations with ABC TV’s Jennifer Byrne.
 
International Guests
International guests include former anti-mafia prosecutor and one of Italy’s best-selling crime authors Gianrico Carofiglio, PEN international president and Gun Love author Jennifer Clement, former LA Times war correspondent and author of Women’s Work  Megan K. StackNew York Times best-selling author of Pachinko Min Jin Leeand Indian poet, novelist and dancer Tishani Doshi. Kurdish-Iranian refugee and award-winning author of No Friend But The Mountains Behrouz Boochani will appear via live stream from Manus Island where he has been detained since 2013. 
 
Revered UK academic and philosopher A.C. Grayling will deliver the annual Thea Astley Address on the The Crisis of Democracy. UK scientist Julia Shaw will unlock the intricacies of criminal psychology with Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side, US writer and musician Claire L. Evans will reveal an untold tale of women who made the internet with Broad Band and one of the world’s foremost experts on forest fires Stephen Pyne will share his vast knowledge of fire and environmental history.
 
Politics and Commentary
Former Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd (The PM Years) headlines a notable line-up of politicians that includes Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young (En Garde), former Greens senator Scott Ludlam and former leader of the Australian Democrats and founding chair of Our Watch Natasha Stott Despoja (On Violence).
 
Writers and revered commentators Stan Grant (Australia Day and On Identity), Kerry O’Brien (Kerry O’Brien: A Memoir), Peter Greste (The First Casualty) and Leigh Sales (Any Ordinary Day) will unpack the politics of the day as well as discuss their own books. 
 
True Stories
The 2019 Festival will enthral audiences with inspiring real-life stories from former World Vision CEO Tim Costello (A Lot with a Little), Roman Quaedvlieg whose explosive memoir Tour de Force outlines his journey from street cop to Australian Border Force chief, Vicki Laveau-Harvie whose blackly funny memoir of a dysfunctional family The Erractics won the 2019 Stella Prize and Caro Llewellyn with her powerful story of a world shattered and a life remade (Diving Into Glass). 
 
Carly Findlay (Say Hello) will challenge assumptions about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance and Phil Brown (The Kowloon Kid) and Andrew Stafford (Something To Believe In) will reveal how music has shaped their lives. Award-winning investigative journalists Kate McClymont (Dead Man Walking) and Matthew Condon (The Night Dragon) will thrill with tales of betrayal and corruption in the crime underworld.  
 
Social Issues
Clementine Ford (Boys Will Be Boys), Ginger Gorman (Troll Hunting), John Marsden (The Art of Growing Up), Gabbie Stroud (Teacher), David Gillespie (Teen Brain), Ranjana Srivastava (A Better Death) and Benjamin Law (Growing Up Queer in Australia) will lead important conversations about the issues we face in contemporary life. The ABC’s Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski and journalist Tracey Spicer are among the many popular presenters on hand to expertly host inspiring and compelling conversations with Festival guests.


Environment & Science
Leading writer on climate change, palaeontologist and conservationist Tim Flannery will discuss the first 100 million years of European history. Bruce Pascoe (Young Dark Emu), Alice Gorman (Dr Space Junk vs The Universe) and filmmaker Damon Gameau (2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration) will consider environmental solutions. The Gourmet Farmer’s Matthew Evans will bring gastronomic passion and forensic research to the question of how to be an ethical carnivore while Sophie CunninghamHarry Sadler and Lisa-ann Gershwin and will talk trees, birds and jellyfish. At the angular end of the Festival the wonderful Eddie Woo will crunch numbers with Adam Spencer in a session called Amazing Mathematics.
 
Art, Comedy, TV and Music
Celebrated Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens will join Bundjalung artist and writer Bronwyn Bancroft to share stories embedded in landscape. Comedians Hung Le (The Crappiest Refugee) and Mandy Nolan (Women Like Us) will ponder whether everything is up for grabs in comedy and Lambs of God author Marele Day will trace the book’s journey from the page to a major television series about to screen on Foxtel.
 
Byron Bay’s love affair with surfing and music combine with bluesman Ash Grunwald discussing his first book Surf by Day, Jam by Night – a collection of candid interviews he did with15 of the world’s top surfer–musicians including Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore and Jack Johnson. On Sunday audiences will then get to raise their own voices in communal song with Shire Choir, a rousing Festival closer. 
 
Kids and Families
On Sunday, the Kids Big Day Out program is full of fun and creativity guaranteed to ignite the imaginations of children and young readers. On hand to entertain and delight are author and illustrator Alison LesterTony FlowersMorris GleitzmanJohn FlanaganMaxine Beneba ClarkeZoe and Georgia Norton Lodge and Isobelle Carmody among many others.
 
Satellite Events
The Festival has partnered with venues throughout the region to present an exciting range of Satellite Events including a literary breakfast with Clementine Ford at Harvest Newrybar, a performance with Ailsa Piper at Lismore Regional Gallery, conversations with Dominic Smith at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tim Costello at The Byron at Byron and Matthew Evans at the Beach Hotel, as well as the Byron heat of The Australian Poetry Slam at Byron Library.
 
Sunday Locals Tickets
Residents of Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas can access special $80 Sunday Locals Tickets, supported by Stone & Wood. Purchasers will need to present proof of address and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per person. Sunday Locals Tickets are a limited offer and will be available until sold out. Regular priced 3-Day and 1-Day Passes are also available.
 
Byron Writers Festival 2019 takes place 2-4 August in the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron Resort. For the full program and tickets visit www.byronwritersfestival.com/festival.
 

Byron Writers Festival 2019
Festival Dates: 2-4 August 2019
www.byronwritersfestival.com/festival

 

2019 Writers and Presenters

Nicole Abadee, Sarah Armstrong, Amal Awad, Sunil Badami, Bronwyn Bancroft, Paul Barclay, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Tony Birch, John Birmingham, Jesse Blackadder, Paul Bongiorno, Behrouz Boochani, Phil Brown, Jennifer Byrne, Barbara Carmichael, Isobelle Carmody, Gianrico Carofiglio, Gabrielle Chan, Melanie Cheng, Jennifer Clement, Matthew Condon, Maddison Connaughton, Tim Costello, Sophie Cunningham, Marele Day, Karla Dickens, Tishani Doshi, Jill Eddington, Sara El Sayed, Russell Eldridge, Claire L. Evans, Matthew Evans, Richard Fidler, Carly Findlay, John Flanagan, Tim Flannery, Tony Flowers, Clementine Ford, Karen Foxlee, Antony Funnell, Damon Gameau, Simi Genzuik, Lisa-ann Gershwin, David Gillespie, Morris Gleitzman, Alice Gorman, Ginger Gorman, Stan Grant, A.C. Grayling, Peter Greste, Ash Grunwald, Chris Hanley, Sarah Hanson-Young, Lynda Hawryluk, Ashley Hay, Jess Hill, Chloe Hooper, Shep Huntly, Daniel James, Zacharey Jane, Erik Jensen, Gail Jones, Toni Jordan, Sarah Kanowski, Samia Khatun, Sarah Lambert, Christina Larmer, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Benjamin Law, Hung Le, Angela Ledgerwood, Debbie Lee, Min Jin Lee, David Leser, Alison Lester, S.L. Lim, Caro Llewellyn, Zanni Louise, Melissa Lucashenko, Scott Ludlam, William MacNeil, Alex Mankiewicz, John Marsden, Kate McClymont, Phillipa McGuinness, Miles Merrill, Karen Middleton, Rosemarie Milsom, Evelyn Ida Morris, Di Morrissey, Rick Morton, Sisonke Msimang, Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, Joanna Nell, Mandy Nolan, Georgia Norton Lodge, Zoë Norton Lodge, Patrick Nunn, Kerry O'Brien, Kristina Olsson, Mick O'Regan, Bruce Pascoe, Mark Pesce, Ailsa Piper, Helen Pitt, Stephen Pyne, Roman Quaedvlieg, Hannie Rayson, Michael Robotham, Kevin Rudd, Harry Saddler, Omar Sakr, Leigh Sales, Margot Saville, Julianne Schultz, Nathan Scolaro, Jock Serong, Julia Shaw, Joanne Shoebridge, Adam Shoemaker, Dominic Smith, Jeff Sparrow, Adam Spencer, Tracey Spicer, Ranjana Srivastava, Megan K. Stack, Andrew Stafford, David Stavanger, Jason Stephens, Natasha Stott Despoja, Gabbie Stroud, Adam Suckling, Mark Swivel, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Omid Tofighian, Barbara Toner, Kate Veitch, Michael Veitch, Don Watson, Peter Watt, Jessica White, Debbie Whitmont, Michael Williams, Geordie Williamson, Tara June Winch, Eddie Woo, Clare Wright, Nevo Zisin, Markus Zusak.

Bluesfest 2019, the Year of Artist Collaborations!

The artists sang their hearts out, the crowds went wild and there were happy festival vibes all around Over 100,000 revellers flocked to Byron Bay to get blown away by acts like Iggy PopTash Sultana, David Gray, Gary Clark Jr., Norah Jones and Ocean Alley.

“Our 30th was just wonderful’ said Peter Noble, Festival Director of Bluesfest who in their 30 years has become the most highly awarded festival in Australian show business history. He added “We tried some new things and it seems they really worked! Jack White’s The Saboteurs were absolutely brilliant. There were more great Australian artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Kelly, Julia Stone, Russell Morris, incomparable Kasey Chambers and more including original Australians Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Baker Boy, Mission Song, Mojo Juju and many more.

Our new artists playing the festival for the first time who have create a new home in Australia include Deva Mahal, Larkin Poe, the Marcus King Band, I’m With Her, Ray LaMontagne, Anderson East as well as Jack White with his band the Saboteurs, the incredible Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf and so many more delighted our audience. Of course, the headliners were loved and the return of both Ben Harper and Jack Johnson were major moments. The list is never ending. But I would like to take a moment to hail Melody Angel who is emerging as a bonafide star at Bluesfest and we expect to see major things for her, just like Lukas Nelson! Our audience is telling us what a great time they are having, and the truth is, we just want to do it all over again!”.

As we get ready to turn out the lights and switch off after a whopper 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Bluesfest team is truly amazed by the spirit and vibe the crowd and artists create in Byron Bay year on year. It really is something special. With a crowd of over 105,000 over the five-day event which celebrated its’ 30th Anniversary in great fashion like no other with numerous artist collaborations including Mavis Staple & Ben Harper, Kasey Chambers brought Ben Harper and the Veronicas on stage with her for her 30th.

Mavis Staples & Ben Harper’s performance on Saturday afternoon.
Kasey Chambers who brought on Ben Harper, The War & Treaty, Tommy Emmanuel and the Veronicas for special guest performances.
Ben Harper brought Kasey Chambers and Jack Johnson on stage.
Gary Clark Jr. brought Lukas Nelson and Marcus King on stage.
Lukas Nelson brought Leesa from Hussy Hicks on stage for their rendition of ‘Shallow’.
Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project brought Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan, Baker Boy, Mojo Juju and Indigenous dancers including Rako and Malu Kiai Mura Buai on stage with them for their Bluesfest performances.
Jack Johnson headlined Sunday night and brought Lukas Nelson, Gary Clark Jr. and Paula Fuga on stage for collaborations.
George Clinton ft. Parliament Funkadelic brought Little Steven on stage for their performance.
Colin Hay brought Chris Tamwoy on stage for his set at Bluesfest this year!
Melbourne Ska Orchestra got Allen Stone’s drummer, Jason Holt up for a solo.
RozkWiz brought on Casey Donovan & Ian Moss.

As always, the Boomerang Festival precinct was the heart and soul of Bluesfest and home to dozens of inspiring performances from artists including Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project, Dallas Woods, Benny Walker and many others. Not forgetting Baker Boy who drew crowds in their thousands to his performance on Friday afternoon. It ended on Sunday afternoon with a powerful Closing Ceremony with artists from across the festival coming together to perform dances, chants and traditional calls form the nations represented to celebrate the beauty and sacred power of First Nations people from Australia and across the world. Festival Director, Rhoda Roberts said “Boomerang had a spirit this year that resonated across the Bluesfest site, from the eclectic line up of First Nations music, to the dance, story and workshops. There truly was something for everyone”.

The Busking Competition was won by Gold Coast’s Electrik Lemonade. The merry band of funklords play a repertoire of Funk, Hip-Hop, Blues, Soul and Dance music, we’re stoked to see what they go on to do in the future. The annual Cystic Fibrosis guitar raffle raised over $60,000 on site with winners of the signed guitars being announced from the stage on Monday night.

Bluesfest in Numbers; Five days, five stages, 88 Artists, 150+ performances, Over 105,000 attendees.

For more information check out bluesfest.com.au

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