The 24th annual Australian Blues Music Festival has announced it will be a free event to help bush fire affected communities.
Across three days from February 709, over 25 blues acts will perform in multiple venues around Goulburn, NSW, from various times throughout the day through to midnight.
“Due to the heartbreaking bushfire crisis that is currently occurring across NSW and Australia, the previously advertised ticketed event will now be a FREE event, so that affected families, friends and neighbouring communities who have been dealing with this unprecedented disaster, can escape to the festival to have some healing time out, whilst enjoying some beautiful blues music, within a supportive community,” the festival said in a statement.
“We will invite all of our patrons to make a donation at the door of each of the festival venues, with all door proceeds going to the bushfire appeal. All festival attendees who have already purchased a ticket will be immediately refunded as quickly as possible.”
Due to the concerns about the air quality over the duration of the festival, the organisers have relocated all activities at Seiffert Oval. Entertainment scheduled on the main stage at the oval has now moved to the indoor auditorium at the Goulburn Workers Club. This will mean all entertainment will be offered within the seven pubs and clubs in Goulburn City centre. The blues marketplace will return to Belmore Park.
“We are thrilled to be producing this iconic festival for the blues community to come together and celebrate their love of blues music in a relaxed, fun and festival environment,” said event producer Scott McDuff.
“In light of the current damage and destruction that our neighbouring communities are facing due to the horrific Bushfire crisis, we are pleased to get behind and support those affected communities in their recovery, by returning to a free event, where all door donations at each venue will go to the bushfire appeal.”