The crowd at Bluesfest 2013.
The crowd at Bluesfest 2013. Jojo Newby

Byron Bluesfest nominated for major international award

THE team behind Bluesfest is over the moon with the announcement the festival has been nominated for a prestigious title at the Annual Pollstar Awards.

Bluefest has received a nomination for the highly regarded Annual Pollstar Award in the category of the 2013 'International Music Festival of the Year' for the second year running.

The nomination marks the fourth time Bluesfest has been nominated for the prestigious award, with the local festival nominated alongside worldwide heavyweights including the Glastonbury Festival (UK), Lollapalooza Chile (Chile), Rock in Rio (Brazil), Roskilde Festival (Denmark) and Tomorrowland (Belgium).

The Pollstar Awards honour artists, management, talent buyers, venues, support services and more for their professionalism, achievements and abilities, with the winners determined by votes from the international readership of Pollstar.

Bluefest Festival Director Peter Noble said they had been fortunate and appreciative to receive many award nominations for Bluesfest over the years.

"This nomination however is something very special," he said.

"The nominees are chosen by a cross section of International professionals and leaders in the Industry so it really shows what level Bluesfest is sitting at world-wide and I couldn't be prouder."

The 25th Annual Pollstar Awards will be held in February 2014 at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The 24th Bluesfest was held over the Easter long weekend this year and included headliners Santana, Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Iggy & The Stooges, Ben Harper, Rodriguez, The Lumineers and Australian artists The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd, among many others. 

The 25th Anniversary Bluesfest will take place over the next Easter long weekend - Thursday April 17- Monday April 21, 2014 at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, NSW.