Bluesfest 2019 is just around the corner, and today they’ve announced that they are backing down on their controversial new paid parking policy.
The policy was added late last year, and would cost punters up to $50 per day to park – adding up to $250 to their total ticketing costs. It was announced months after tickets went on sale, and caused more than a bit of anger online.
Now, Bluesfest has announced that this policy will take effect next year instead when tickets for the 2020 event go on sale, and 2019 will return to free parking.
In a statement, the festival outlines why the policy was introduced in the first place.
“Paid parking is being introduced due to increased costs in multiple areas of the live music business including artist fees, production, logistics, grounds maintenance and security,” the statement reads.
“As the last major live music event within the region to introduce a parking fee, Bluesfest understands that it imposes a further cost for patrons, however as a business, the company needs to ensure the future of the festival.”
Bluesfest 2019 will be taking place from Thursday, 18th – Monday, 22nd April. View the full lineup below.
Bluesfest 2019 Full Lineup
Playing for Change
Clarence Bekker Band
Glenn Cardler and the Sideshow
Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf
Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura
Little Steven & The Disciples Of Souls
Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Brotherhood Of The Blues
Malu Kiai Mura Buai
Te Kopere Maori Healers
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
The Marcus King Band
Gary Clark Jr.
Mavis Staples (exclusive)
Ruthie Foster (exclusive)
Anderson East (exclusive)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish (exclusive)
The War And Treaty (exclusive)
Deva Mahal (exclusive)
Jack Johnson (Exclusive)
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Exclusive)
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Exclusive)
St Paul & The Broken Bones (Exclusive)
Nahko And Medicine For The People
Kurt Vile & The Violators
The Black Sorrows
The California Honeydrops
I’m With Her
Thursday, 18th April — Monday, 22nd April
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay
Tickets: Official Website