After consultations with NSW Health and the NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, sadly they have arrived at the decision that it is in the interests of the safety of everyone the festival be cancelled over the Easter period and re-scheduled to a later date.
The Minister for Health has signed a health order cancelling Bluesfest.
Bluesfest was due to open the gates on Thursday April 1st and close on Monday April 5th, 2021.
Bluesfest was scheduled to return after being cancelled in 2020 by a public health order and had worked diligently to present the event in 2021. We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has spread into our local community.
We are getting the message out as quickly as possible so that those traveling to the event can make alternate arrangements
Bluesfest was to have been the first major festival to occur in Australia and possibly the world since the summer of 2019/20. It had a capacity of 16,500 people daily over its five days, with three performance stages, plus camping – operating at approximately 50 percent of normal capacity and production.
The Bluesfest team has worked day and night for a year to achieve the approved COVID-19 Safety Plan – the first of its kind in the music industry and have been told by the NSW Health that it exceeded other major sporting events in its depth and ability to protect the public.
Peter Noble, Bluesfest Director says “This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to make. We really wanted to be at the forefront of the return of live music at Pre-COVID-19 level.
We feel deeply for everybody affected, the fans, the artists, and the hard-working Bluesfest team. But in the end, the health of our community must come first.
We will be having discussions regarding Bluesfest postponement and will update everybody soon. However, this weekend we will be packing down the event that was cancelled within 24 hours of gates due to open.
Please do not come to the festival site.
To all ticket buyers and music fans, we are hoping that you will support the festival and hold tickets to the rescheduled event.
All patrons will be contacted by Moshtix directly once we have an update on how to proceed.
ARTISTS THAT WERE DUE TO PLAY AT BLUESFEST 2021
JIMMY BARNES| TASH SULTANA
OCEAN ALLEY | ZIGGY ALBERTS | THE TESKEY BROTHERS
JOHN BUTLER | XAVIER RUDD | THE CAT EMPIRE
PETE MURRAY | MARK SEYMOUR & THE UNDERTOW
KATE CEBERANO | KASEY CHAMBERS | THE WAIFS
THE CHURCH | JON STEVENS | JOHN WILLIAMSON
IAN MOSS| THE LIVING END | THE ANGELS
ROSS WILSON and THE PEACENIKS | RUSSELL MORRIS
KEV CARMODY | TROY CASSAR-DALEY | BRIGGS
TEX PERKINS THE MAN IN BLACK
HIATUS KAIYOTE | KATE MILLER-HEIDKE
JOSH TESKEY & ASH GRUNWALD
WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING
THE BLACK SORROWS | THE BAMBOOS
CHAIN | BACKSLIDERS | ASH GRUNWALD
MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
VIKA & LINDA
HARTS PLAYS HENDRIX | JEFF LANG | NATHAN CAVALERI
MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION
KIM CHURCHILL | HENRY WAGONS | JK-47
GARRETT KATO | MAMA KIN SPENDER | DAMI IM
PIERCE BROTHERS | EMILY WURRAMARA | THE BUCKLEYS
FIONA BOYES & THE FORTUNE TELLERS
RAY BEADLE | PACEY, KING & DOLEY
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS | KARA GRAINGER
HUSSY HICKS | ROSHANI | DECLAN KELLY
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE | LITTLE GEORGIA
LAMBROS. | ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS | THE REGIME
ELECTRIK LEMONADE | PALM VALLEY