Date: Easter long weekend, April 13 – 17.
Bluesfest is over 95% SOLD OUT. Don’t miss out on the soul
adventure of the year, purchase
your tickets now.
AGFG will be eating their way through the festival this year, be sure to check out our instagram and blog.
As the stages are built, the side market and food stalls
erected and the last sound checks are conducted, the final week of countdown
begins to the 28th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest.
It's been a turbulent past couple of weeks’ weather wise for
the East coast after Cyclone Debbie caused some heavy flooding to the areas of
the region, however as always, Bluesfest will go ahead rain, hail or shine.
Bluesfest have focussed on the implementation of weather proofing
for the event over the years, so that the festival will not be affected by the
unpredictable weather of the area. For those whom are camping, event organisers
have assured ticket holders that the campgrounds have not been damaged and the preceding
week of warm weather forecast will ensure dry grounds for a weekend of foot
Being the 28th year of Bluesfest, organisers thought it was only
apt to move into the future of advanced technology and say goodbye to previous
drink ticketing systems with a new payment experience, RFID.
For those of age wanting to purchase drinks from the bar,
you will now receive a wristband that has an RFID chip attached to it which
will be activated upon your arrival. You can pay for all drinks at the bar
using your RFID wristband by first visiting one of the top-up stations around
the festival. Once funds have been added onto the wristband patrons can easily enjoy
the great variety of drinks Bluesfest has to offer by double-tapping the
wristband at one of the 7 stage bars, the amount spent will then be automatically
deducted from the account balance.
If you run out of credit, you can just 'top-up' your account
again by visiting a 'top-up' station or simply by using the secure Bluesfest
mobile app, with any leftover money refunded back to you after the event. This is
a safer way for purchasing as it will eliminate the need for festival goers to carry
large amounts of cash on them throughout the weekend.
Anticipating the arrival of some of the biggest names in the
industry congregating on the humble fields of Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm of Byron
Bay, Bluesfest 2017 will welcome a line up of world class artists. The queen of
RnB herself, Mary J. Blige is heading to the festival on Friday night; the
iconic Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist is a
defining voice of contemporary music. She has amassed an impressive eight
multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards, 32 Grammy nominations and a 2012
Golden Globe nomination. She has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is
responsible for a plethora of hit singles including; 'Be Without You', 'No More
Drama' 'Not Gon' Cry', 'Love Is All We Need', 'Seven Days', 'All That I Can
Say', 'Family Affair' and 'Just Fine' - her performance is set to be packed
with wall to wall hits.
Consistent supporters of home grown Australian talent,
Bluesfest will welcome REMI to the festival stage for the first time this year.
REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J are one of the fastest growing Hip Hop
acts in Australia and are quickly gaining the attention of international
tastemakers. REMI's first big success came from the hugely successful single
Livin', released in 2014. Their 2016 album Divas and Demons impressed critics,
with Tone Deaf calling it "a landmark album for Australian Hip Hop"
and Rolling Stone Australia awarding it four and a half stars saying "Demons
purged, REMI can confidently survey what remains: a legit contender for Aussie
album of the year.”
So, pack your bags, pull on your boots and dust off the
fringe leather jacket whilst you prepare for the soul food festival of the
year, the 28th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest. Be sure to also check out
our 10 picks
for eateries, accommodation and things to do whilst in this idyllic part of