Australia's Byron Bay Bluesfest will take place in a fully seated format at around half capacity (15,000), director Peter Noble has announced
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The festival was originally slated to take place in April but was cancelled at the eleventh hour due to a Covid outbreak in Byron Bay
By IQ on 17 May 2021
Byron Bay Bluesfest is now slated to take place in October with a four-day format, after the original 2021 event was cancelled at the eleventh hour.
The festival had been set to take place between 31 March to 5 April 2021 but less than 24 hours before it was set to open, the New South Wales government called it off due to a new Covid case in Byron Bay.
The rescheduled event will take place at Byron Events Farm across four days instead of five (1–4 October 2021), though the organisers have said that current five-day ticket holders will receive some ‘special’ news alongside the lineup announcement.
This Wednesday (19 April), the festival will announce the full line-up which organisers say ‘will be worth the wait’.
“Trust us when we say the wait will have all been worth it…,” reads a post on Byron Bay Bluesfest’s Facebook. “We’ve been adding more of Australia’s absolute best talent – a way of saying thank you to all of you who have supported us during this time.”
“Trust us when we say the wait will have all been worth it”
The April 2021 lineup included the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Tash Sultana and The Teskey Brothers. It’s unclear whether any of the acts from the original lineup will appear at the October event.
Season tickets will go on sale after the line-up is revealed, followed by three-day and one-day tickets.
The cancellation of the April Bluesfest event was touted as a “watershed moment” by the Australian music industry, which had been lobbying for a business interruption fund that would help live events redeem their costs in the event of an eleventh-hour cancellation.
The Australian Festivals Association’s Julia Robinson told IQ that such a fund is essential to boost business confidence. Read her comment here.
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