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Bluesfest 2019 Cancel Paid Parking Policy

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

Ward Thomas

Glenn Cardler and the Sideshow

Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf

Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura

Lucy Gallant

Sametime

Nocturnal Syndrome

Joining…

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Souls

Joining…

Baker Boy

Archie Roach

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

Mojo Juju

Benny Walker

Dallas Woods

Dobby

Mission Songs

Brotherhood Of The Blues

Malu Kiai Mura Buai

Rako

Tenzin Choegyal

Muggera

Te Kopere Maori Healers

Bundjalung Weavers

Saltwater Dubay

Joining…

The Saboteurs

Joining…

Iggy Pop

Norah Jones

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Imelda May

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Archie Roach

Pierce Brothers

Backsliders

Fantastic Negrito

The Marcus King Band

Thando

Little Georgia

Benny Walker

Dallas Woods

Joining…

Paul Kelly

Hozier

David Gray

Julia Stone

Gary Clark Jr.

Mavis Staples (exclusive)

Flogging Molly

Meshell Ndegeocello

Ruthie Foster (exclusive)

Shakey Graves

Anderson East (exclusive)

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Samantha Fish (exclusive)

The War And Treaty (exclusive)

Mojo Juju

Caiti Baker

Deva Mahal (exclusive)

Melody Angel

Hussy Hicks

Joining…

Jack Johnson (Exclusive)

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Exclusive)

Ray LaMontagne

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Exclusive)

Snarky Puppy

Kasey Chambers

St Paul & The Broken Bones (Exclusive)

Nahko And Medicine For The People

Tommy Emmanuel

Colin Hay

Arlo Guthrie

Keb’ Mo’

Tex Perkins

Allen Stone

Richard Clapton

Russell Morris

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Vintage Trouble

The Black Sorrows

The California Honeydrops

Trevor Hall

I’m With Her

Larkin Poe

Irish Mythen

Elephant Sessions

Greensky Bluegrass

Rockwiz Live

Bluesfest 2019

Thursday, 18th April — Monday, 22nd April

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay

Tickets: Official Website

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