Byron Bay Bluesfest sitework begins as major events make a comeback

Byron Bay Bluesfest is preparing to make its triumphant return after two years of cancelations during the pandemic.

With around 85,000 people expected over the Easter weekend event, festival director Peter Noble says it marks the “return of major events in this country”.

“We’re happening, a few days after that Tamworth Music Festival is doing its 50th, after that, music is back to the way it used to be,” he told the ABC.

The set up crew are battling less than perfect conditions after the state saw heavy rainfall, with event manager Matty Williams saying they started preparations early to get the site ready. The team of 40 workers is expected to swell to 1,000 by the end of the week.

“There’s been a lot of rain up here and flooding in the area, so we’re just trying to get the grass cut so we can get it dried out as quick as we can so we can keep it operating,” he told the ABC.

“It was extensive through the site in some areas, because we’re right on a creek and near the ocean, but the event site stayed pretty high and dry.”