It’s a win that will place them in the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame. For the third year in a row, Bluesfest Byron Bay has won Best Major Festival & Event at the NSW Tourism Awards. The competition was particularly fierce in 2017 with Vivid Sydney, 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival and The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras all in contention for the title.
Bluesfest Executive Director Peter Noble comments on the win:
“Pinch me I’m dreaming, we just won Best Major Festival and Event at the NSW tourism awards for the third year in a row. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen. I would like to thank everyone associated with presenting the event for their incredible dedication and professionalism.”
Bluesfest is a major driver of tourism to the Northern Rivers region, bringing $107 million and 32,000 visitors in 2017.
Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd of April 2018) for the 29th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on-site camping in a range of accommodation options. Artists announced for 2018 include Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, John Butler Trio, Youssou Ndour, Tash Sultana, Seal, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gomez, The New Power Generation, José Gonzalez, Jimmy Cliff, Chic featuring Nile Rodger, Canned Heat plus many more with further announcements to come.