The 25th Anniversary Bluesfest that featured high profile artists including John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson and welcomed over 104,000 festival visitors through its gates over the 5 days has claimed the Silver title of NSW’s Major Festival & Event at the NSW Tourism Awards in Sydney last night.
Members of the Bluesfest team were at Dockside Pavilion in Darling Harbour to proudly accept the award. Bluesfest was nominated against Vivid Live, who took out the Bronze and Tamworth Country Music Festival who won Gold.
The category of Major Festivals & Events is open to hallmark Festivals or Events that create substantial economic impact, attract visitors from interstate and or overseas, generate a national or international media profile and positively promote the destination. It is not just a proud win for Bluesfest but also a major recognition for the Northern Rivers/North Coast NSW region
Bluesfest Director Peter Noble who was in Sydney to accept the award said:
“What a year we have had – winning the Helpmann Award and Australian Event Award for Australia’s Best Music Festival already in 2014 and now getting Silver in the Major Festivals and Events category in the NSW Tourism Awards, after winning last year – and getting Silver and Gold in the preceding two years.”
“We have a healthy competition going on with Tamworth Country Music Festival – who has now beaten Bluesfest for Gold in the two years we won silver, including this year – and we will be attempting to regain the Gold in 2015 to bring home to Byron shire.”
Bluesfest has also recently been nominated for the highly regarded Annual Pollstar Award in the category of the 2014 ‘International Music Festival of the Year’ for the third year. The nomination marks the fifth time Bluesfest has been nominated for the prestigious award and the 25th Annual Bluesfest has been nominated alongside worldwide heavyweights including the Glastonbury Festival (UK), Isle Of Wight Festival (UK), Lollapalooza Brazil (Brazil), Tomorrowland (Belgium). The 26th Annual Pollstar Awards will be held in February 2015 at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 26th Annual Bluesfest will take place over the next Easter long weekend; Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th of April 2015 at the festivals purpose built home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, NSW. Headliners announced to date include Lenny Kravitz, The Black Keys, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (exclusive – only Australian performance) Paolo Nutini, David Gray and The Gipsy Kings amongst many others.
Bluesfest playing schedule is available on www.bluesfest.com.au
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