19.3 C
Byron Shire
August 18, 2022

Ready, set, gooooo Bluesfest!

Latest News

Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

Other News

Teen charged following aggravated break and enters in Coraki

A teenager has been charged following two alleged aggravated break and enters in Coraki.

Good start to season for Byron Beez basketballers

Byron Bay basketballers have started the season strongly with the women picking up a win, and a narrow loss,...

Old man shouts at cloud #3

At a beachside town a couple of years ago I saw a young couple dressed as Goths. Not as cathedrals in that style of architecture, or as members of an axe-wielding Germanic tribe, or as characters in an Emily Bronte novel (though that’s fairly close), but as the black-clothed, black eyelinered Emo youth of the 1980s and ‘90s.

Lismore Councillors to collectively decide on new GM

The recent history of general managers in the Lismore Council has been nothing if not chequered. With a very politically divided council, the question of whether all interested councillors, or just a select few, should choose the new GM proved contentious last night in the Goonellabah chambers.

Police assault charge heads back to local court

The NSW Supreme Court has found that a decision by local magistrate and former police officer, Michael Deakin, was an ‘error of law’.

Rainbow Dragons back on the water for regatta

The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club has waited a few years to welcome the Northern NSW dragon boat and...

Bluesfest Director, Peter Noble OAM. Photo Jeff Dawson

Floods, pandemics, 11th-hour ministerial interventions… Bluesfest seems to have copped it all over the past three years.

Now, finally, it seems the show will go on.

Despite parts of the Bluesfest site at Tyagarah going under during last week’s torrential downpour, the event is going ahead, according to Director Peter Noble.

‘Rest assured, Bluesfest is on,’ Mr Noble said last week. ‘Some car parks and camping grounds did experience flash flooding, but the water is subsiding quickly.

‘The load-in continues, the tents are ready to be raised, and with less than two weeks to go before we open our gates, the forward weather report is good, with plenty of sun forecast daily.

‘We are optimistic that our grounds will dry out, and our site will be ready.’

The news is a much-needed shot in the arm for the local entertainment industry, which has suffered massive impacts from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Economic loss

It is also a significant boost for the local visitor economy, which is gradually hauling itself back onto its feet following the Omicron outbreak and the devastating flooding double dose.

The economic loss in 2021, when Health Minister Bad Hazzard cancelled the festival at the last minute, was estimated to be $181.2m, including job losses of 897 [FTE] totalling $44.2m.

‘We lost so much when Bluesfest was cancelled less than 24 hours out by NSW Public Health Order,’ Mr Noble said. ‘Our entire industry was traumatised, yet we picked up the pieces and put ourselves back together.’

While ticket sales at the festival are unlikely to be back to pre-COVID levels, organisers are hopeful that live music fans across the country will get behind the event.

The ongoing impact of the pandemic has led to the creation of a line-up featuring mainly Australian artists.

It features four of the biggest names in Australian music history – Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Crowded House (okay, they’re not technically Australian) and Jimmy Barnes.

The Byron Busking competition is also back, giving a handful of local artists the chance to share their music on a vast stage.

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

All ticket options, plus camping, parking and VIP, are on sale now via www.bluesfest.com.au.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. If you can , respectfully of course , get the buddists monks with the yellow hats ( the real deal , from Tibet ) that used to be based at the junction of coopers ck and repentance ck to come and give healings and chantings .. They are fantastic. And just what this area needs right now. To travel around the whole area as an extensive of bluesfests kindness and caring. The korri Mail has already had a go, brilliantly. You guys have got heaps of money .. Do that for the whole area. Be excellent karma . Maybe it’ll stop raining for the long weekend . That’d be nice. Every little bit helps . And they’d love to do it.. Probably just for air fares and accomodation. See they’re not greedy ,, just caring.. And so are you guys . Hahahaha . Have I talked you into it yet,, hahahaha


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Storylines – The Voice of the voiceless

My grandfather would often tell me a story. A story about a community. This community was self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-determining of their own lives.

Draft COMP caps Public Access at Lismore Council

A Draft Code of Meeting Practice (COMP) and Briefing Policy prepared by the Governance & Customer Service Manager was the subject of discussion at Lismore Council this week.

Olivia Newton-John and FernGully

Olivia Newton-John was active in many environmental issues in the Northern Rivers region. One in particular was the 12-year battle to save ‘Fern Gully’ in Coorabell from being dammed.

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.