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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013

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The 24th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest is set to be legendary
If you're a music lover get excited for the 24th Annual Bluesfest is due to take up residence along our southern shores at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, near Byron Bay. It is amongst the lush parklands that you and your friends/family will be able to soak up the sweet sounds of the likes of Paul Simon, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper, The Lumineers, Paul Simon, Counting Crows, Rodrigeuz, Rufus Wainwright, Chris Isaak, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire, Santana, the Sensational Space Shifters and many, many more awesome artists set to hit the stage. It is a huge line up spread over a massive five days from Thursday 28 March until Monday 1 April.

None other than Santana (courtesy of

But if five days is perhaps too much or the boss simply is a no go on the extra long weekend off work, you're in luck because they sell a range of tickets to suit your every need. They sell a one-day, three-day or five-day pass (for adults and children), as well as a four pack for a group of friends or family pack for those that wish to bring the whole tribe. And for those who like to feel a little bit more prestigious they also sell a Diamond Bluesfest VIP ticket, which includes access to the lounge area. The 'lounge' features reduced drink lines, comfortable couches to sit on, a garden area and private bathrooms all located in the heart of the festival. But if the whole Diamond VIP experience isn't your cup of tea they do sell VIP lounge entry as an add-on to your original ticket.

As the festival is spread over a massive five days they do offer a range of accommodation options. For those wanting to spend the night ala wilderness style they also sell camping packs (ticket and a camping space included). If you don't have camping gear, never fear, for they also hire out tents amongst their 'tent city' and even tepees (pretty cool). They also hire out sites for camper vans/caravans. All up they offer a heck of a lot of ticketing and accommodation options with the full information on what each one entails being viewable here for ticketing and here for accommodation. The site even recommends alternate accommodation options here for those wishing to stay outside of the tea tree farm grounds.

The Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (courtesy of

As Bluesfest is just a little bit out of town, 11 km north of Byron Bay or 8km south from Brunswick Heads, they have organised a range of hassle free transport options. You can make your way to the festival by bus, train or car. They even have a car pooling option available via their website and there is plenty of parking available on site. And buses do run after the festival finishes at midnight each night. Additionally they have a range of airport transfer options available for both domestic and international festival-goers. They really do have the whole kit and caboodle covered, with all the information being viewable on their travel page here.

Once at the festival you can enjoy the 120 hectares of tea tree farm grounds which can hold up to 17,500 festival goers. There are five stages in total, nicely spaced so all can see. Of course they have four licensed bars (including one VIP), a beer garden with a big screen and an undercover food hall for some eating, chilling and hanging out. Additionally they have a coffee shop, food stalls, CD shop, market stalls, children's activities, general store, information stall, cloak room and so on. They even have an online shop and photo gallery. I think it would be safe to say every need you could think of is pretty much covered for.

So jump on the website, check it all out and book your tickets ASAP because they're going quickly. And why wouldn't they be, with a global, all-star line up amongst a pretty darn awesome festival site it looks like it could be the 'legendary' music festival they promise it to be and so much more!
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Why? A lineup like this is once in a life time.
When: 28 March 2013 - 1 April 2013
Where: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm
Cost: Please refer to the website for ticket prices.
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