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Byron Bay Bluesfest April 9 - 13

See the stars

Chill out as you listen to some of the biggest names in music, which in the past have included legends Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Crosby, Stills & Nash, alongside contemporary performers such as Kendrick Lamar, Jack Johnson and Alabama Shakes. This event has a reputation for securing top musical talent, and attracts a crowd of more than 100,000 people. For the latest updates and this year's lineup, check in with the events page. Tickets range from single-day to three-day and five-day passes.

Prepare to be surprised

Wander around the stages of the purpose-built festival site and discover new musical talent. With 100 bands performing during the festival, there's plenty of opportunity to broaden your horizons. It's not unusual at Bluesfest for musicians from one band to join another band on stage, creating unforgettable performances. You’ll also spot roving buskers (street performers) who were picked to perform at Bluesfest through the Bluesfest Busking Competition, which takes part in and around Byron Bay in the lead-up to the festival.

Set up camp

Pack your tent and enjoy an authentic music festival experience. More than 6,000 fans sleep at the festival's designated campsites at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. Veteran festival goers recommend camping on site to avoid parking and travelling times, and you'll pitch your tent just steps away from the Bluesfest entrance. The campground offers an on-site café (where you can pick up hot breakfast and coffee), laundry, toilets and showers. For those who don't have a tent, the organisers offer a tent motel (with the option of two or three beds) and upmarket canvas teepees, which sleep three to five people. Of course, if you prefer the comfort of a bed, there is plenty of accommodation in Byron Bay and other nearby towns.

Join the Boomerang festivities

Take part in the Boomerang Festival at Bluesfest, which celebrates Australasia's indigenous cultures through traditional and contemporary music, dance and workshops, and features some of the world's oldest instruments and rituals. Join weaving circles, carving, drumming and traditional Maori healing with elders, at the indigenous arts precinct within Bluesfest.

Sample delicious food

Festival goers can expect an abundance of food stalls, covering a variety of different cuisines, including Japanese, Indian, Malaysian and Mexican. The festival grounds include an undercover food court, coffee tent and licensed bars, and you're guaranteed to find something to satisfy all palates. There are also market stalls selling merchandise, clothing and accessories.

Hang out in Byron Bay

After the festival leave a couple of days to explore Byron Bay. Australia's most easterly town is renowned for its fabulous beaches, healthy cafés and fashion boutiques, and celebrated for its alternative lifestyle. During April temperatures are generally warm, in the mid-20s Celsius (mid to high 70s Fahrenheit) – perfect conditions in which to unwind after a five-day music festival.

Byron Bay Bluesfest highlights

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