Bluesfest 2022 will be an unforgettable event for so many reasons, and this week marks another triumph for the event. Pollstar (the international bible of the live music industry) has released its mid-year report based on global ticket sales, and Bluesfest has certainly been given the recognition it deserves after what was a challenging experience heading into the event earlier this year.


for Bluesfest Group

for Byron Events Farm, where the Bluesfest festival is held in the Northern Rivers NSW

and Bluesfest ranked #1 highest grossing Australian event
for the first six months 2022

After two years of cancellations due to Public Health Orders – including a forced closure by the NSW State Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard less than 24 hours before gates were due to open in 2021 – it is simply amazing to see Australia’s most legendary festival and promoter well and truly back on top. Pollstar’s Mid-Year Report results proves evermore that major Aussie festivals like Bluesfest are back and here to stay.  

“It was hard work – but the Bluesfest team, God bless them, pulled through. The music was BRILLIANT and the vibe was electric!” says Peter Noble OAM, Festival Director of Bluesfest and Owner of the Bluesfest Group.

“Without dwelling on the past too much, it was a turbulent few years… Multiple closures due to COVID, including the cancellation of Bluesfest at the very last minute in April 2021. As a result, we were kept in the dark for two years. We still feel there was a better way to proceed whereby Bluesfest didn’t suffer from the fear of COVID cases spreading in the region over the Easter Weekend – of which ultimately there were none.”

“Despite this, we continued to set our sights on the future of our festival, and we finally were able to present earlier this year. However, we were still met with challenges. We had to deal with not one, but two flash floods that decimated our region and some areas of the land that we present our festival on.”

“But we did it, and it was a triumphant return, even though a lot of the grounds were still very wet.”

“It was the joy of the Australian audience attending the first full-size major festival in years (three for loyal Bluesfesters!) that was undeniably infectious… as was COVID, of course. Yet, every single artist on the bill performed. We had zero artist no-shows during the event.”

“It has taken a couple of months to wrap up the festival, and we are almost done and dusted with Bluesfest 2022… and are already rolling into 2023. This week’s recognition from the top dogs of the worldwide music industry has given our team the boost of confidence in all the efforts we have given these past few years. It was tough, but so worth it to see these results.”

Bluesfest has announced that its highly anticipated first MAJOR artist announcement for the 2023 event is only a few months away.

It may seem, however, that we’ve already been teased for the calibre of international artists that will be heading to Byron Bay over the Easter Long Weekend next year! Last week Bluesfest Touring announced the Buddy Guy ‘Damn Right Farewell’ Final Tour of Australia, with shows scheduled in Melbourne & Sydney in April 2023 that are fast approaching sell out after being on sale for one week.

We can’t wait to see who else will they tease us with… Bluesfest Touring has also already announced the reschedule of sister-duo Larkin Poe, USA – tickets are on sale now!

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“The expectation for our next festival is huge – we don’t intend to disappoint… and it won’t be much longer until you get to know what we are dishing up!” Peter Noble OAM, Festival Director

Bluesfest 2023 will be held in Byron Bay for 5 days over the Easter long weekend – Thursday 6th April through to Monday 10th April 2023.

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About Bluesfest Byron Bay  
Bluesfest returned with bang over 5 days from Thursday 14th April to Monday 18th April 2022 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW, AUSTRALIA. Showcasing an All-Aussie music bill, with some special international guests from NZ, the USA, Africa and the UK).

Bluesfest is Australia’s most awarded music festival and has been recognised as one of the TOP 10 Festivals of the Decade by industry bible, Pollstar in 2021. From the humble beginnings in 1990 the festival now takes place at the beautiful Byron Events Farm (formerly the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm), regularly attracting an audience of over 100,000. Located just 10 minutes north of Byron Bay, NSW, Australia, Bluesfest is well situated and surrounded by the charming village of Mullumbimby and the beach towns of Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. Best festival vibes ever!  

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Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.