Peter Noble, Byron Bay East Coast Blues and Roots Festival Director.
Peter Noble, Byron Bay East Coast Blues and Roots Festival Director. Patrick Gorbunovs

Bluesfest boss honoured by Rolling Stone

BLUESFEST director Peter Noble has been honoured for a 50-year contribution to the music industry, including the founding and running of one of the nation's top music festivals.

Mr Noble was honoured with The Rolling Stone Award at the fifth annual Rolling Stone Awards at Sydney last night

Mr Noble founded the East Coast Blues Festival with Keven Oxford in 1990, drawing a 6000-strong crowd to the old Arts Factory.

The Arts Factory has since burned down and Mr Oxford pulled out of the festival a decade ago, but Mr Noble remains - now as the event's sole owner - and Bluesfest continues to grow.

The award also acknowledges Mr Noble's labours before starting the Bluesfest. He began as a musician playing rock, soul, and blues in 1960s Sydney before heading over to the US in the 1970s.

In the US, Mr Noble established the International Jazz Festival at Portland, Oregan.

In Australia, Mr Noble ran AIM records, which became the first Australian independent label to win a Grammy Award. He runs a music festival in Singapore - the Singaport Rock & Roots Festival, and has engaged in artist management, tour management - to name just a few of his activities.