Just a month out from Bluesfest’s 2016 festival which will see the likes of Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, Kendrick Lamar and countless others grace the stage at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just north of Byron Bay, organisers have announced that the local council have given approval for the site to host future events.
The approval allows for an extension of the current use of the site for 100 days of events up to 2,000 people attending. 10 days of events up to 15,000 people attending and 10 days up to 25,000 people attending including Bluesfest.
Bluesfest currently fills five days over Easter. This approval allows the site to hold similarly sized events at other times of the year.
Bluesfest director and Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm Community Event Site Manager Peter Noble said:
The fear from our neighbours that we may have wanted to do another major festival on the site was addressed by council in a manner that met our approval, and seemingly those in attendance at council chambers. It is not likely that there will be any new events for some time to come.
Perhaps the biggest win from the news for Bluesfest faithfuls isn’t so much the prospect of new festivals in the near future, it’s the large event security management – this offers to allow organisers to build the site up into a more permanent event site similar to Woodford in Queensland or even the nearby Yelgun Parklands that host Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival each year.
“First we will build the infrastructure so that there is a functions centre on site, as well as in time, permanent shower and toilet facilities and food and beverage areas,” said Noble.
The 27th Annual Bluesfest will be held over Easter (Thu 24 March–Mon 28 March 2016) at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm site just outside of Byron Bay.