Bluesfest nominated for ‘Music Festival of the Decade’ by Pollstar

After the pain of being cancelled just hours before its doors opened this year, Byron Bay festival Bluesfest may yet end the year on a high after being shortlisted for Pollstar’s Music Festival of the Decade.

The prestigious US live industry title’s award recognises “the most artistically and commercially successful festival of the last decade providing the most rewarding experience for fans and artists”, with Bluesfest the only Australian festival to be nominated.

Bluesfest organisers were forced to cancel both its 2020 and 2021 events due to Covid.

Bluesfest Festival director Peter Noble said the nomination is “simply up there with the greatest things that has ever happened in my 50 years in the industry”.

“After all we have been through since the start of the pandemic, with two cancellations, including one which occurred the day before we were all set and ready to open our gates, it is a pleasure to be offered something positive for Bluesfest,” he said.

“It’s something for our hard-working team to put their heads up and be proud of after all we have been through recently.”

Bluesfest is up against nine other finalists including Coachella, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza.