Byron Bay is a lazy, beach side town with a unique, alternative culture, world renowned surf, not to mention one of the worlds best international blues festivals.
The local indigenous name of Byron Bay is Cavvanbah, and has been used by the Aboriginal people for thousands of years as a meeting and trade location. In the 60s surfers discovered Byron’s amazing natural surf breaks: The Pass, Wategos and Cosy Corner… and of course with the surfers, came music and festivals.
This year is the 21st Annual Byron Bay BluesFest taking place over 5 days from 1 April – 5 April. This is the first time that the festival will be performed at the new permanent Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm location. A short 15 minute drive of the main Byron Bay township.
The festival has 6 stages each with their own particular flavour. For in-depth times, dates and line ups check out the bluesfest schedule.
Hawaiian, acoustic surf rock icon will perform again at the Bluesfest coming back to the festival that he first established an Australian presence close to a decade ago. Jack Johnson will be accompanied by his band.
Jack Johnson will be playing on the MoJo Stage at 10:30pm on both the 1st and 3rd of April.
Famous for songs such as “Don’t Dream it’s Over” and “Four Seasons in One Day,” will make a rare outing during the BluesFest. The line up now includes new comer Matt Sherrod following the passing of Paul Hester in 2006.
Crowded House will be playing on the MoJo Stage at 10pm on 4 April.
ORQUESTRA BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
The infamous 13 piece band from Havana, Cuba will be performing their unique interpretation of various Cuban and Latin American music styles for which they’re renowned. The group have been performing for many years and revel in bringing their music to new audiences.
If you’re unable to get to Bluesfest, there are performances in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne prior to Festival.
Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club will be on the Crossroads Stage at 9pm on 1 April and on the MoJo Stage at 8:30pm 3 April.
You can purchase tickets in 1, 3 and the full 5 day values. Adult and Children tickets are available. You can purchase these online through the Blue Fest website.
GETTING TO THE BYRON BAY BLUESFEST
Our Ballina branch is just an hours drive south of the Bluesfest - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm - location. Simply go inland from Ballina to the Pacific Highway and continue until you get to Grey’s Lane, then turn right. It’s just beyond the Byron Bay turn off.
Our Brisbane branch is just over two hours drive north if the Bluesfest - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm – location. All you need to do is take the M1 South. Take the exit on to the Pacific Motorway and continue until you get to Greys Lane and turn left.
WHERE TO STAY IN BALLINA – BYRON BAY
Accommodation is available at the festival, but bear in mind that it is limited and slightly more expensive just due to demand. You could try Ballina Central Holiday Park is in Ballina, just a short trip south of Byron Bay. For booking enquires email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 6686 2220.
OTHER ACTIVITIES IN BYRON BAY
Byron Bay Style Surfing – the company takes out small groups of 6 with an instructor. Why not learn at a world class surfing destination. Email: email@example.com for more
Dolphin Wildlife Tours – The region used to be a whaling destination through until the 60s, so little surprise it’s full of aquatic mammals. Why not hop on a boat and check ‘em out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
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