Confident Bluesfest organizers ‘load towards April’

With 13 weeks to go until it returns for its first event since 2019, Bluesfest organizers have assured fans they are confident its 2022 edition will be staged, with plans unaffected by the NSW government’s ban on singing and dancing .

The festival was canceled at the last minute in 2021 due to a public health order less than 24 hours before its scheduled start. It had also been canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The organizers then revealed the October 2021 dates, before rescheduling them to April at Byron Events Farm (formerly Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm) due to another outbreak.

In response to festivals across the country being canceled or postponed due to the Omicron outbreak, Blues released a statement on Thursday confirming that nothing has changed regarding their fast approaching April dates. .

The statement advised “As always, with a new year comes an energetic sense of newness, growth and the fulfillment of all our hopes and dreams! This year is no different, of course.

“It’s also no secret that we entered 2022 with some ‘been there, done that’ gasps. But nonetheless, Bluesfest looks forward beyond those immediate barriers. We move forward into April 2022 with fierce determination – and we’ll see you there!”

Last month, Bluesfest revealed a number of international acts had been added to the line-up, with George Benson, Morcheeba, The Marcus King Band, The Wailers and others joining previously confirmed headliners such as Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes, Amy Shark, Missy Higgins and Kasey Chambers.

The federal government this week extended its Temporary Interruption Fund for the Film and TV Sector, following which major bodies in the live music and entertainment industry called for it to be extended. at live events.

Last year, Bluesfest director Peter Noble backed the implementation of a business interruption insurance policy, saying it would “incentivize event presenters to host events and be protected from going to the wall” if a COVID-19 outbreak interrupts a short-term event. note.”

The Bluesfest will take place over five days from April 14-18 at Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah.

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