During these uncertain times for major live music events, the organisers of Byron Bay Bluesfest are chucking early bird tickets for their 2021 event up on sale today in a self-described “incredible act of bravery”.
After reluctantly cancelling this year’s mega-fest due to the COVID-19 pandemic, next year’s event is scheduled to go down across April 1st – 5th. 60 acts have already been locked in to play, and half of them are from overseas.
Early-bird tickets to the 2021 extravaganza will go up for sale for one week only, ahead of what’s described as an “historical” first artist announcement coming next week on July 8th.
“Right now the only constant is change, and we are ready for it”, says festival boss Peter Noble OAM. “We believe in music and we are coming back for Bluesfest 2021, not just for us, but because the industry needs us to come back.”
His statement continues:
“Our industry, the music business has its back against the wall. COVID has shut us down. Since the middle of March, almost everyone in our industry has received no income. As the Festival Director of Bluesfest and a music industry veteran I strongly feel that we must make positive steps to move forward and show the thousands of people that depend on us that there is a future coming – our industry and events will come back. We know there will be more challenges, however, we also know that we are a resilient industry that loves and wants to get back to the business of entertaining. As those challenges present we will meet and rise to every single one of them to deliver Bluesfest. We call on our industry to get behind us at this time because we are leading the charge. If we find that the internationals can’t come, we will add more Aussies. If we find the internationals can come, we might add more internationals. What our team is dedicated to doing is everything it takes to present Bluesfest Easter 2021 in a manner where it will be our most legendary festival yet.”
At this point the government’s given Bluesfest the green light to host 7,500 people seated onsite, but it’s strongly believed that figure will increase as restrictions continue to gradually lift between now and next April.
Meanwhile, Bluesfest has also assured punters that they face no risk in buying tickets, with all cash to be securely held in a locked account in the unlikely event the event needs to be cancelled and refunds offered.
“When purchasing tickets you can feel proud that not only are you supporting Bluesfest, you are supporting the greater music industry get back up on its feet and that’s something to sing about,” Noble says.
The Bluesfest boss has also pledged his festival team is covering all bases, working out different plans for the different scenarios that the government could throw at them between now and next April, and will create a new space on the festival’s official website to keep ticket-holders in the loop with updated info as it comes in hot from the PM’s office.
“What I can say is whilst we don’t know what the future holds for the greater music industry you can be assured we here at Bluesfest are fully committed to presenting an outstanding event in accordance with government regulations,” says Noble.
Catch all the details for Bluesfest 2021 below.
Early Bird tickets onsale now
Thursday, 1st — Monday, 5th April
Tyagarah Tea Farm, Byron Bay