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In response to the NSW Government statement of Monday 27th September 2021 regarding the road map out of COVID-19 and the re-opening of the economy and in particular the Arts and Entertainment Sector, Peter Noble, Chairman of the Bluesfest Group of Companies and Bluesfest Festival Director made this statement:

“How incredible it was to hear, not only for Bluesfest but for the entire Music Industry, the NSW Premier’s announcement earlier this week of the roadmap moving forward, the easing of restrictions, and the re-opening of the economy. It’s been a really tough journey for all of us in these times, and finally to see the way ahead feels like Christmas has come early!”

“How wonderful it is to be able to tell all of you Bluesfest will be happening … OFFICIALLY !”

“Between now and Easter 2022 we will continue to work closely with the NSW Department of Health developing our COVID-19 Safety Plan for Bluesfest 2022 and, as these plans develop, we will be making regular announcements to our loyal Bluesfest fans to keep them informed as to how we will make their Bluesfest experience a safe one.”

“The NSW Premier’s announcement leads us to believe that it will be quite different from what we may have originally expected … by that we mean it will be much closer to a normal Bluesfest after all! We suspect, based on the NSW Premiers statement on Monday, that entry conditions may differ for those who choose to remain unvaccinated than for those fully vaccinated, but those details are not clear yet. What truly matters is that we will be in a position to present to EVERYONE, and that the world is opening up again!”

“By the time Bluesfest 2022 comes around, that same world will be at a place that allows us to present our festival  complete with all its magic.”

“As a result, Bluesfest 2022 will revert to our normal five day format and on Thursday 14th April 2022 we will present a very special opening night, ‘THURSDAZE’, with a roll call of special talent carefully being selected by Peter Noble OAM. There will also be an all-indigenous component, plus an evening of special performances curated by a legend of the Australian music industry, incredible performances by some of Australia’s classic bands re-forming especially for the occasion, and quite a bit more.””

Peter Noble OAM also paid tribute to the many thousands of Bluesfest patrons who have supported Bluesfest through this pandemic:

“It’s been a hard road, with plenty of challenges and our Easter cancellation this year was the toughest experience we have ever had. Yet we have always believed in Music, and that we would return. We have worked every day since our original cancellation in 2020 to present the music we live for and to share that wonderful experience with you. Thank you in the most profound way for sticking with us and for holding on to your tickets through these recent times of re-scheduling. Thank you for your love and support – there isn’t any other festival-goer like a Bluesfester.”

“You have inspired us through these arduous times to keep going.” 

“Take a bow. You are brilliant. And now that we can truly see the light … we can’t wait to present Bluesfest at Easter next year. It’s going to be a celebration like no other in our history.”

“We look forward to welcoming you to Bluesfest!”

Bluesfest will take place over 5 days from Thursday 14th April to Monday 18th April 2022 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

All ticket options plus camping, parking and VIP are on sale now via the Bluesfest website.

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About Bluesfest Byron Bay
Showcasing an All-Aussie (with some special guests from NZ) music bill in Byron Bay, Bluesfest is Australia’s most awarded music festival, and was recently nominated as ‘Best Festival of the Decade’ by industry bible, Pollstar. 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!  

Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
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.