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Byron Bay Bluesfest

 
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Category: All 2012 >> Australia & NZ >> Australia
Location: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay  
Dates: 5-9 April 2012
Website: bluesfest.com.au
Genre:Blues
Main Acts:John Fogerty, Cold Chisel, Wedding Parties Anything, The Specials, Pogues, CSN
Description:Australia's premier blues and folk festival.
The East Coast Blues Festival began in 1990 at the Arts Factory in Byron Bay, New South Wales. It quickly became known as "Byron Bay Bluesfest" and "The Byron Bay Festival" and is now known as "Bluesfest". At a time when the Maleny Folk Festival (later to be known as the Woodford folk Festival) was only just beginning and festivals such as Big Day Out and Womadelaide did not exist, the Bluesfest pioneered the presentation of blues music in Australia.

For the first time in Australia a genuine international and national multi-cultural, strictly music Festival began. Bluesfest featured people from not only an indigenous background, but from many non-European and non-English speaking backgrounds. The event has now grown to a point where people from every Continent appear yearly at the event.

Bluesfest remains one of Australia's most acclaimed and respected Festivals and has been the inspiration for dozens of blues world music and blues and roots festivals around Australia.
It now celebrates 23 years.

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