Everything’s looking as good as it can for the return of Bluesfest this year, with the NSW government approving the festival’s COVID-19 safety plan.

Naturally this is dependent upon there being no flare-ups, but with the imminent commencement of the roll-out of vaccines let’s all hope that the worst is now over.

The event going ahead is great news for the local live music industry, which has been particularly hard hit by knock-on effects of the coronavirus. The Bluesfest organisers have been working their behinds off to get things happening again, and although they’ll be running at around 50 per cent of the usual capacity, this year’s event still promises to be truly memorable.

“We have an All-Aussie lineup playing at Easter at our purpose-built event site, The Byron Events Farm (formerly Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm) in Byron Shire, 15 minutes’ drive north from Byron Bay,” said Bluesfest executive chariman Peter Noble. “Bluesfest is headlined by an amazing lineup of talent, including Jimmy Barnes, Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley, Ziggy Alberts, The Teskey Brothers, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire, Kasey Chambers, The Waifs, The Church, John Williamson, Ian Moss, Kev Carmody, Vika & Linda, Chain, Backsliders, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Blue King Brown, Kate Miller-Heidke, Dami Im, Weddings Parties Anything, Russell Morris, Briggs, Jon Stevens and many, many more.”

The event, running from April 1 to 5, is currently around 80 per cent sold out, so if you’re keen you might want to get in for tickets now. For more info, just click here.