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Pollstar acknowledges Bluesfest as Australia’s top music festival

Pollstar acknowledges Bluesfest as Australia’s top music festival
July 16, 2018

Pollstar’s Mid-Year Touring Report shows that Bluesfest is Australia’s biggest music festival – and is ranked 14th worldwide.

Published its list of the Top 100 concert grosses for the first half of 2018, Bluesfest was ranked by 14th by ticketing revenue attracting 101,729 fans – although this number was smaller than the 105,123 who attended in 2017.

As reported by the Noise Network, Bluesfest co-founder Peter Noble stated “this news has blown me away.

“To be ranked at #14 worldwide in the global media industry bible Pollstar’s mid-year Top 100 Worldwide Concert Grosses plus the first Australian Festival is an incredible feat, considering the major artist tours that have been staged so far this year.

“To then be listed as the #1 Australian festival makes me feel proud of the team that make Bluesfest happen.

“It is a testament to not just the artists we book who come and produce so many memorable performances, and not just to the team of 600 plus who work tirelessly to produce Bluesfest, but it is testament also to our loyal Bluesfest customers who purchase the tickets, spread the word and return year on year.

“These are the people who inspire me to try and achieve greater line-ups year after year …. to be as big as I can – and to book the best I am able.”

Bluesfest 2018 was a huge success with a program including artists such as Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Lionel Richie, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, Seal, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Gomez, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Jimmy Cliff and Leon Bridges.

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Bluesfest, which will run from Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd April 2019.

Image: SEAL at Bluesfest 2018.

16th July 2018 - POLLSTAR MID-YEAR CHARTS SHOW SOARING TICKET PRICES AS ED SHEERAN’S TOUR BREAKS RECORDS 

16th May 2018 - BLUESFEST’S 30 YEAR JOURNEY TO BE SHARED AT 2018 ASIA-PACIFIC VENUE INDUSTRY CONGRESS

26th January 2018 - RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR GLOBAL CONCERT BUSINESS 

30th October 2017 - STEVE ROMER TO JOIN BLUESFEST AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER 

19th July 2017 - POLLSTAR MID-YEAR RANKINGS SHOW AUSTRALIA’S OUTDOOR VENUES ECLIPSING INDOOR ARENAS

24th May 2017 - VENUES ASSESS SECURITY IN WAKE OF MANCHESTER ARENA TERRORIST ATTROCITY 

9th April 2017 - NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS FIGHTS TO HOLD FUTURE FESTIVALS IN FACE OF SAFETY CONCERNS

15th April 2016 - FESTIVAL LEGENDS HEADLINE NSW REGIONAL EVENTS CONFERENCE 

21st April 2014 - BYRON BAY BLUESFEST CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY


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