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Bluesfest Byron Bay

Travel, Short getaways Friday October 1 2021 - Monday October 4 2021
Bluesfest Byron Bay
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Time Out says

It's been a tough run for Bluesfest recently – but it's set a date for a third-time revival

The popular Byron Bay festival – which was cancelled at (almost literally) the eleventh hour due to suddenly implemented health restrictions over the Easter long weekend – is back. 

Now, Bluesfest will return to take over the
 surrounds of purpose-built venue Byron Events Farm (formerly Tyagarah Tea Farm) over the October long weekend with great music, good vibes, a lot of muddy gumboots – and a killer line-up of acts. 

First up on the the lineup? A Bluesfest veteran band: Midnight Oil

“This is so special for me to announce – a moment I have been waiting years to happen," said festival director Peter Noble. "Midnight Oil headlined Bluesfest in 2002, just before their extended hiatus. It has always been my ambition to once again present the ‘holy grail of Australian artists’ at Bluesfest and have approached them every year, redoubling my efforts since their reformation in 2017. And now, to have Midnight Oil headline our opening night and launch their new album – it’s a dream come true."

This year's line-up is peppered with other high-profile new additions like dad rock icons Jimmy Barnes and Paul Kelly, busker-cum-superstar Tash Sultana, roots rockers John Butler and Xavier Rudd, psychedelic rockers Ocean Alley, ska rockers the Cat Empire, national treasures Kate Cerberano and Kasey Chambers, and more. 

International acts slated for last year – like the godmother of punk Patti Smith and Her Band and legendary American guitarist and singer George Benson – are set to come to Australian shores in 2022. 

If you feel like staying at the festival, Bluesfest has many accomodation options including camping, glamping or bringing your own motorhome or caravan on-site. If you want to settle straight into the action, book into the festival's Tent City for an already pitched tent complete with an awning, carpet, light and stretcher beds with the option of hiring bedding, tables and chairs for extra stress-free comfort.

Tickets are on sale from May 20 and prices start at $508.26 per four-day pass. There are also VIP upgrade options if you want to do the festival like a rockstar. Camping is additional. Get your tickets sorted now

Looking for more festival kicks in Byron? Splendour in the Grass returns in November.


Venue name: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm
Address: Pacific Highway
Price: From $508.26

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