What is BluesFest?
Blues Fest Byron Bay is a world class festival that brings talent and culture to Byron Bay from all over the globe! The lineup is always bursting with popular musical acts with this year- their 30th anniversary -as no exception! Head lining acts are superstars like Jack Johnson, Iggy Pop, Ben Harper, Paul Kelly, Tash Sultana, Kasey Chambers and Julia Stone.
The festival showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW. Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with various stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.
“Somehow Byron Bay festival (Bluesfest) has given me a microphone that projected out to the world stage. It is the most important festival of my life” – Ben Harper
“The Bluesfest is one of those festivals an artist dreams about playing. When we first played in 2000 it was one of those pivotal life changing moments for us. To this day it is still one of my favourite shows and it literally launched my band nationwide”– John Butler
“It is my favourite festival to play in the world, & the best audience I’ve played to in the world”
– Donavon Frankenreiter
How to get there
Go Byron runs $38 airport shuttles to meet you at Ballina Airport or Gold Coast Airport and we can take you directly to the festival site. Guitars, coolers, camping gear and surfboards travel free. If you’re staying in Byron we can also offer door-to-door shuttles for $20 from Ballina and $40 from Gold Coast Airport. Or you can order a private taxi, a premium car or charter one of our vans or buses to take your whole group to the festival.
Where to stay
There are so many wonderful places to stay in Byron Bay. We’ve selected a few of our favourites that we’ve received lots of great feedback from our customers about. The below places offer the same exceptional customer service as Go Byron. Their facilities are in premium condition and their locations are some of the best in Byron Bay.
Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments
Byron Beachfront Apartments offer casual luxury apartments located within walking distance to Main Beach & to the heart of Byron’s shopping village. They have a range of 2 & 3 bedroom apartments perfect for a small group of friends coming together to enjoy the festival. The Beachfront Apartments face north onto Denning Park, just 25 metres to Byron’s beautiful Main Beach, with no roads to cross to get there.
Located in the heart of Byron Bay, guest’s at Lord Byron Hotel can relax and enjoy this comfortable, air-conditioned resort with its central location offering a quiet tropical atmosphere. You can take advantage of our leisure facilities, simply relax or enjoy a short stroll to the beach while passing by the many colourful shops, restaurants and cafés of Byron Bay. The Hotel offers a variety of accommodation choices and excellent facilities.
When you’re attending a festival that is as world renowned as Blues Fest you want to be looking your best. Who knows when you might run into on of your favourite musical geniuses! Luckily Byron Bay is a hub of fashion forward designers. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below. Be sure to check them out and book a taxi to take you around to all the hottest spots so you don’t waste a second in transit.
Belle Byron Bay
Belle Byron Bay is a treasure trove of festival fashion. They carry many one off items, hand made designs and yet have wonderfully affordable prices. Belle is stocked full of beautiful dresses, kimonos, footwear, jewellery and unique accessories. The staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful in assisting you to create your own unique look using all their wonderfully styled items.
Fallen Broken Street
Fallen Broken Street is a one stop hat shop for high quality felt and straw hats. They stock the raddest hats for men, women and children in all styles and sizes. No outfit is complete without a hat, keep yourself out of the sun and on trend by shopping with Fallen Broken Street.
Byron Bay is all about being sustainable and stylish at the same time. Find some preloved threads that will rock your world at Karly Sunshine. They specialise in retro, vintage, upcycled, recycled, second hand, preloved and designer clothing. You never know what you will find at Karly Sunshine.
Stay Safe, Ride Safe
No matter where you’re staying or what you’re wearing, make sure you stay safe by booking a Go Byron ride for yourself and your mates. Ditch the hassle of paid parking, finding a designated driver and waiting in lines for buses. We can pick you up and drop you off door-to-door in one of our luxury, fully insured and air conditioned cars. Plus our local drivers are full of local knowledge about all the hidden gems that Byron Bay has to offer.