Byron Bay Bluesfest has seen pre-pandemic crowd numbers return for its first event since 2019.
About 25,000 people per day came through the gates each day over the weekend, with festival director Peter Noble calling it “the return of music on a major level”.
“We’ve had no income since 2019 so to see the numbers return to pre-covid times, what a shot in the arm for our industry,” Noble told the ABC.
The five-day festival was a boost for the industry with around 1,200 workers needed, some of whom hadn’t worked in the sector since the pandemic began in 2020.
“So many people are saying ‘this is the first time I’ve had a job in two years’,” Noble said.