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Byron Bay's Bluesfest Announces First Artist Lineup For 2023

Under the direction of Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM, Bluesfest has built on early acclaim to become the most highly awarded festival in the Australian entertainment industry.

Since 1990, Bluesfest has showcased music from around the world every Easter long weekend, just north of Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia.

You might’ve heard of some of their featured artists; Bob Dylan, Hozier, Paul Simon, Gary Clark Jr., Angus & Julia Stone, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, John Mayer, Jurassic 5, James Brown, Zac Brown Band, Joss Stone, David Gray, Trombone Shorty, Angelique Kidjo, John Legend, and BB King – just to name but a few.

Entertaining 6,000 in it's first year, Bluesfest now attracts over 100,000 music fans and is proudly the premier festival in Australia as a safe, fun, family-friendly event. In 2010, Bluesfest moved to its permanent home, the community event site at the spectacular 300 acre Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just 11km north of Byron Bay.

Bluesfest features 200 performances across multiple stages over five x 12 hour days. Camping for 6,000 guests. Five licensed bars. 100+ food and market stalls. Undercover food courts. Beer gardens. Quality family entertainment.

And much, much more for you to discover every year.

Festival Director Peter Noble has been working in the music industry for almost fifty years. His significant contribution to the industry has been recognised by many prestigious organisations. In 2014 Peter Noble was awarded the Rolling Stone Award for his outstanding career-long contribution to popular culture. In January 2016, Peter Noble was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to live and recorded music, to tourism, and to the community. In 2017, Noble received the ‘Keeping the Blues Alive’ award from The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee. Over the course of his career, Peter Noble has worked in many areas of the music business including record producing (for his own label AIM – the first ever Australian label to win a Grammy Award), touring artists, artist management, setting up the Aboriginal Artists Agency, event site development and promoting festivals in Australia and South East Asia.

As the Festival Director for Bluesfest Byron Bay, Peter Noble spends his time working and living between the Byron Bay area and Bali and says “Life truly is an amazing adventure which I take on with wild enthusiasm on a daily basis”.


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