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& PRE-EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE FLYING OUT THE DOOR!

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Chris Isaak working the crowd

Did you drink one of the 19,000+ coffees consumed during the festival?

Or contributed to the record breaking $120,000 raised by our charity stalls? If you attended our recent 24th Bluesfest you can count yourself amongst the thousands of avid music lovers who participated in a 5 day fiesta of handclapping, feet tapping and sing-alongs that is Bluesfest.

As we now gear up for our 25th Anniversary Festival: 17th -21st April 2014, we thought you might like to hear about some of the ingredients to the success of our recent Easter extravaganza but before we go there, let us give you a quick update on 2014 Bluesfest Ticket sales:.

Our 25th Anniversary is going to be a very special Bluesfest and pre-early bird tickets are flying out the door!

Our quota of pre-early bird tickets is near sell-out and a ticket price increase is imminent. Make sure you take advantage of these great prices as they won't be around for much longer!

5 DAY ADULT PRE-EARLY BIRD FESTIVAL: $355 ONLY SAVE $240 OFF FULL PRICE!
5 DAY CHILD PRE-EARLY BIRD FESTIVAL*: $90 ONLY SAVE $50 OFF FULL PRICE!
BUDDY PACK**: $1170 ONLY SAVE $520 OFF FULL PRICE!

* (6-14 YEARS INCLUDED):
** (5 DAY FESTIVAL AND CAMPING FOR 2 ADULTS):

Please note: All other ticket types, ie. 3 day tickets will go on sale soon. Single day tickets will go on sale with 1st artist announcement.

Did you know???
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Festival Attendance totalled 104,244

• 2013 Festival Attendance totalled 104,244 over 5 days

129 Bands - 1000+ Artists - 180+ performances - 7 stages

• 1127 room nights were booked by Bluesfest for its Artists performing at the Festival and another 1925 room nights for Bluesfest's touring Artists around Australia. Wow!

• 4000 tickets were sold for Bluesfest 2014 during the festival and another 2000 tickets have been sold since, making Bluesfest 2014 1/3 sold out ALREADY!

• 120 individual Bluesfest Touring shows were managed by our touring department, with attendances totaling 93,698

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Crossroads Food Hall

• 600 Volunteers contributed to the festival set-up, operations and de-construction

• 495 Paid workers staffed the Festival, including 103 bar staff, 64 waste management staff, 50 camping/car park staff, 49 drivers and 42 gate staff (not including stall and market staff)

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Peter Noble and George Negus with SCU Team

• Our newest venue, The Lotus Palace was powered by Southern Cross University's solar-powered sound system

• 0 incidents were reported with our resident Koalas, who were monitored by University of Queensland during the festival

• 51 Market Stalls to browse and 43 Food Stalls to delight the palate of patrons were set up at Bluesfest.

 

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6421 Meals served to Artists and Crew

• 19,000+ coffees were consumed by Bluesfest patrons over the 5 days

• 6421 Meals were served to Artists and Crew including many Vegetarians, Vegans and Pescetarians. 4000 coffees were served to crew alone.

• 28.24 tonnes of Recycling was collected during the festival (including 7.7 tonnes of cardboard)

• Festival waste that couldn't be recycled was taken to Titree Bioenergy to be converted into clean energy

• Leftover food from our catering department was donated to the Byron Bay Community Centre's Liberation Larder Project

• Out of the 80+ entrants, the busking comp was won by Tasmania's Claire Anne Taylor, who to the amazement of the judges and adoring audience is used to playing to campfires, not crowds. The Grommet division was won by 14 year old Maclean boys, Nick & Sam.

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Boomerang Festival launched at Bluesfest

• Boomerang Festival was launched at Bluesfest.

• Boomerang will be held at Bluesfest's home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from 4th to 6th October 2013. The festival was officially launched at Bluesfest and Boomerang Director and Curator Rhoda Roberts was present.

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Peter Noble with Dr Barry Hill, George Negus and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson

Also at Bluesfest:

• The Hon Tony Burke; Minister for Arts and Environment, Federal MPs; Simon Crean, Justine Elliot & Janelle Saffin, Don Page; Local MP, Andrew McEvoy; Managing Director of Tourism Australia, Byron Shire Council Major Simon Richardson as well as Byron Shire Councillors Diane Woods, Paul Spooner, Sol Ibrahim, Alan Hunter and Journalists/Broadcasters George Negus and Kerry O'Brien.

 

CHARITY STALL HIGHLIGHTS
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Cystic Fibrosis raised $50,000+ this year

A record breaking combined total of $120,000+ was raised by the charity stalls

44 Orangutan Adoptions (The Orangutan Project's largest response at an event EVER!)

• Cystic Fibrosis raised $50,000+ this year - bringing the total raised at Bluesfest to date $315,000.

• 10 litres of sunscreen handed out by the Cancer Council team

• 400 signatures gathered by the Lock the Gate Alliance

• 25kg of popcorn served by the Uncle Project

• Playing For Change and Thin Green Line raised over $20,000

2013 BLUESFEST CHARITY STALLS INCLUDED;

• Australian Seabird Rescue inc
• Byron Youth Service
• Lock the Gate Alliance
• ShelterBox Australia
• Thin Green Line
• Bay FM Community Radio
• Cancer Council NSW
• Music Maker Relief Foundation
• The Orangutan Project
• Waste Wise & Rous Water Info
• Boomerang Festival
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Playing For Change
• The Uncle Project
• Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
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A quick peek at the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013. Get inspired for our 25th anniversary!

Until next time,

Your very happy Bluesfest Team

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