‘No-brainer’ Bluesfest cancels 2021 festival

Organisers of Byron’s Bluesfest have cancelled this year’s festival and announced new dates in 2022.

“It is obvious that we cannot present Bluesfest in a safe manner in October, so we have re-scheduled back to our usual timing with dates over the Easter Long Weekend next year; a time we expect things to be returning to normal,” Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble said.

With Byron Shire in lockdown since August 9, Noble said “the decision to re-schedule was a ‘no-brainer'”.

“The safety and protection of our loyal Bluesfesters, our festival staff, our performers, our volunteers, stallholders and suppliers is paramount, and I will not put anyone at risk right now,” he said.

“As soon as this outbreak is over and we are out of lockdown safely, then I will be announcing the incredible new names joining our line-up, and then you can make an informed decision.

“Rest assured, we will continue to offer refunds until after the new artist announcement.”

The festival was last held in Easter of 2019.