The festival, staged at Byron Bay every Easter, is the only music event to be nominated for the prestigious award.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble said the award meant the festival was now in the ‘big league’.
“This is unbelievable and I want to say that the Bluesfest staff are simply the best,” Mr Noble said.
“To win recognition among your peers and among other Australian creative and outstanding events – well it’s just great.”
Bluesfest was recently named as a finalist in the ‘Best Cultural or Arts Event’ category at the 2009 Australian Event awards.
The music festival is up against the Adelaide Fringe Festival; the Sydney Festival and the 16th Biennale of Sydney.
Mr Noble said that not only was Bluesfest in the running for this category, but it also qualified for Australian Event of the Year.
The winners will be announced in Sydney on October 8.
Bluesfest has also announced an earlier than usual release of its early- bird tickets, which will go on sale on Monday, September 28.
“The 2010 festival will more than match the legendary array of class performers who have graced the Bluesfest stage over its 20-year history,” Mr Noble said.
“The line-up details are still a couple of months away.
“But fans can look forward to a guitar lover’s festival from hell.
“Bluesfest is known and respected around the world and it explains why we can attract the best artists time after time.
“With a new permanent home for our festival at Tyagarah, next year’s 21st event is sure to be huge.”
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