Fresh award for Byron Bluesfest

BYRON Bay's East Coast Blues and Roots Festival has been voted Australia's best music festival for 2008 by readers of the music publication, Rhythms, for the 15th time.

Between 1994 and now, Bluesfest has regularly been awarded first place in every Rhythms readers poll, the only exception being 1997 when the event came second.

“Success in the Rhythms poll seems to have started when we moved outside after 1993 to become an outdoor event for the first time, and we've had a great run ever since,” said the festival director, Peter Noble.

“In 1997, Port Fairy Festival actually picked up the 'best music festival' award, placing us second, and I'm still aghast about it.

“But all jokes aside, we're delighted to be continually recognised for the job we do here at Bluesfest, which all really comes down to our unwavering love of quality, international and local blues and roots music.”

In September last year, Bluesfest was recognised as an international winner in The Greener Festival awards, for the second year running, for long-term commitment to environmental and sustainability practices.

The festival has twice been nominated as Best International Music Festival by US concert bible “Pollstar” in 2005 and 2006 alongside world-renowned events such as Britain's Glastonbury and Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival.

And closer to home, Bluesfest has twice won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival in Australia, also in 2005 and 2006.

For more information on the current line-up for the 20th Anniversary Bluesfest birthday party event over Easter (April 9 to 13), and to purchase festival tickets, visit

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