One of the country’s biggest music festivals, Byron Bay Bluesfest will not go ahead this year at all with organisers conceding it was a ‘no-brainer’ to call it off.
The festival had already been rescheduled to October after New South Wales health authorities stepped in to prevent it from happening at Easter, just 24 hours before it was due to get underway.
Just six weeks out from its new dates, Bluesfest is off again but will return to its usual Easter slot in 2022.
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“It is obvious that we cannot present Bluesfest in a safe manner in October, so we have re-scheduled back to our usual timing with dates over the Easter Long Weekend next year; a time we expect things to be returning to normal,” Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble said in a statement.
Mr Noble said he thought the decision would be a difficult one, but in the end, it was the reverse.
“The safety and protection of our loyal Bluesfesters, our festival staff, our performers, our volunteers, stallholders and suppliers is paramount, and I will not put anyone at risk right now.
“So the decision to re-schedule was a ‘no-brainer’.”
Many of the artists who were due to play in October have already been locked in for next years event including Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Pete Murray, John Butler and Paul Kelly.
Ticketholders are being urged to hold onto their tickets as they will remain valid for next year’s event, however, refunds will also be available.
“I promise you will not be disappointed. As soon as this outbreak is over and we are out of lockdown safely, then I will be announcing the incredible new names joining our lineup, and then you can make an informed decision.
“Rest assured, we will continue to offer refunds until after the new artist announcement.”