What’s On? Byron Bay Bluesfest 18-22 April
It’s Easter weekend next week, and you know what that means, at least here in Byron Bay: It’s Bluesfest weekend. This five-day Byron Bay festival of music is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Expect to find more than 200 performers over five stages with music playing from noon to midnight every day. That’s a lot of music to take in!
The Byron Bay Bluesfest 2019 features a range of musicians from huge international superstars to local bands, and it’s not just blues, there’s something for all music fans, from country to reggae, gospel to rock.
Over the years, audiences attending the Byron Bay Bluesfest have been treated to performances by
- Bob Dylan
- John Mayer
- Zac Brown Band
- John Legend
- BB King
- Paul Simon
- Dave Matthews Band, and
- Lucinda Williams.
That’s just a small list, check here for the previous years’ lineups.
The Byron Bay Bluesfest is held each year (this year, 18-22 April) at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, located north of Byron Bay proper. The almost 300 acres provides space for over 100,000 people who annually come to the fest.
2019 Bluesfest Lineup Highlights
There are so many artists on each year’s Bluesfest lineup that it is impossible to name all of them.
Major headliners this year include Jack Johnson, who hasn’t played Bluesfest since 2014; Iggy Pop, who last tore “the roof off the Bluesfest marquee in 2013”; and Australian musician Paul Kelly, who will his seventh appearance at Bluesfest this year.
Other major music acts are Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. They are playing a Bluesfest-only exclusive performance and last appeared in 2015.
A special performance by the Raconteaurs, comprised of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, will happen on the last day of the festival. The group just released two new songs; their first in more than 10 years.
Plus, George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic are playing, and since Clinton is retiring in May, this is one of the last shows you’ll be able to hear and see the “funk master.”
Just like last year, people attending the Byron Bay Bluesfest also will gain access to the Boomerang Festival, an Indigenous celebration that will include performances that will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Bluesfest.
- Youthu Yindi & The Treaty Project
- Baker Boy
- Mojo Juju
- the Mission Songs
- Benny Walker and much more.
Purchasing Bluesfest tickets gives you access to all Boomerang programming as well.
Speaking of tickets, there are a variety of options available, but Bluesfest tickets are selling out quickly. All adult single day tickets are sold out!
However, if you’re willing to come every day, there are five-day passes still available with prices from $650 for one adult.
There are also three-day and one-day passes available from $480 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday down to $200 for a specific day only.
Children ages 6-14 have special pricing and do need a ticket.
To and From the Bluesfest
The Byron Bay Bluesfest 2019 offers shuttles for attendees from Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, and Mullumbimby areas.
Fares are $5 each way on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
This year, there will also be shuttle service from Pottsville to Chinderah stopping in Hastings Point, Cabarita, Casuarina, Kingscliff and Chinderah for $10 per person each way. (Cash only and exact change are necessary to ride.)
Kids Bluefest Program
There are a number of kids’ activities happening at Bluesfest 2018. Two sessions are available everyday from 2-3 pm and 4-5 pm, and keep in mind that all children must have a parent or guardian with them (it’s not a babysitting service!).
Shorty the Clown will once again entertain the kids with magic and merriment. Kids also can look forward to balloons, bubbles and much more when they attend one of his fun sessions. And finally, Deb will be doing face painting.
Food, Markets and Charity Stalls
When you get hungry, if you need a break from the music, or you just feel like wandering the grounds, head over to the stalls. There you’ll find a vast array of food stalls that should suit any kind of taste. Either while you’re eating or after you finish, take a stroll through the market stalls and find some treasures to take home after your holiday in Byron Bay.
Also, don’t miss out on checking out the charity stalls where you can learn about everything from the Cystic Fibrosis Australia to Byron Youth Service.
Stay at Broken Head over the Byron Bay Bluesfest Weekend
Choose affordable Byron Bay accommodation where you can crash after a long, busy day at Bluesfest such as Broken Head Holiday Park. You can easily grab the shuttle from Suffolk Park to the Byron Bay Bluesfest for any or all of the days, but staying here gives you the chance to relax in a quiet setting away from the busy festival grounds.
Our picturesque location and excellent facilities won’t disappoint, and we bet you’ll appreciate a little time away from the festivities!
**Featured photo of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (who is performing in 2019) is courtesy of Blues Fest Byron Bay on Facebook.