ORGANISERS of Bluesfest Byron Bay are celebrating today after picking up two major awards in as many days.
The popular music festival was last night awarded Best Contemporary Music Festival at the 14th Annual Helpmann Awards held at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. Bluesfest beat out Laneway Festival 2014, Vivid LIVE Sydney and The Falls Music and Art Festival 2013.
Bluesfest was also received the Gold Award for the Major Festival and Events Category at the North Coast Tourism Awards held over the weekend at Trial Bay Gaol in South West Rocks.
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Festival Director Peter Noble said it was an honour to receive the accolades for the festival’s 25th Anniversary.
“It is such an amazing feeling, it doesn’t matter how many award ceremonies you attend, you still get the butterflies. I want to thank my whole team, without them this wouldn’t be possible,” he said.
“They say everything comes in threes – for us it comes in fours – this is our fourth Helpmann win, and the second in a row – as well as our fourth North Coast Tourism Awards win.
“I am proud to be bringing another award home to Byron – I used to once say the Regional Festival Capital of Australia but now I say Australia’s Festival Capital and a world centre for the Arts.
“Our 25th Anniversary Festival had perhaps our most diverse line-up in the history of the festival and produced an impressive economic impact in the region with an output of $57.9 million in the Byron Shire, $76.8 million in the Northern Rivers and $129 million in New South Wales.” (Source: Economic Impact of Bluesfest 2014 undertaken by Lawrence Consulting)
The 26th Annual Bluesfest will take place over the Easter long weekend; 2nd-6th April 2015 at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, NSW. Tickets are on sale now.