1 April 2009

Bluesfest sells first ever ticket in Antarctica!!

Now over 100 artists with 200+ performances on 6 stages over 5 days!

Easter Long Weekend 9th – 13th April 2009, Byron Bay March 30th 2009 – Bluesfest has sold its first ever ticket to an music fan traveling to Byron Bay from Antarctica, as the festival provides the numbers on its local and international audience for the first time.

The iconic festival – which celebrates its 20th birthday anniversary this Easter – has to date sold tickets for this year’s Bluesfest through its Venue net ticket outlet to attendees in a total of 25 Countries and Territories of Australia.

While the Antarctica gig goer comes from Australia’s Mawson Station, a permanent base in Antarctica, the highest number of individual ticket buyers to date come from New Zealand - with 168 people planning to cross the ditch. This is followed by the USA with 77 people attending, the UK with 56 and New Caledonia with 18.

Other counties and territories with Bluesfest ticket buyers include Ireland, Singapore, Japan, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Norfolk Island, Cook islands, Venezuela, Brazil, Israel and – of course – Antarctica.

But Australia is certainly holding its own with attendees coming from every state and territory. To date, more than six thousand individual tickets have been bought by residents of the NSW North Coast alone, and festival director Peter Noble has stated that it looks as if last year’s record of almost 6,500 tickets sold to North Coast residents will almost certainly be beaten this year.

Peter Noble said, “We’re really looking forward to a great anniversary edition of Bluesfest this year, as are our many Australian festival goers. Interestingly – there will once again also be a disproportionate attendance of Northern Territorians – based on gross population – who seem to come in ever larger numbers yearly, with over 150 coming so far. South Australian's have bought over 600 tickets to date, Tasmanian's over 250, and West Australian's over 200 so far.”

The list of Bluesfest 2009 headliners includes:
BEN HARPER and RELENTLESS7, John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Jason Mraz, Lucinda Williams, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Xavier Rudd, Zappa Plays Zappa, Angelique Kidjo, Paul Kelly, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T and the DBTs, Augie March, Seasick Steve, Tinariwen, James Hunter, Ruthie Foster, Eric Bibb, Tim Finn, Toni Childs, Tony Joe White, Ayo, Blues Traveler and Fishbone.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bluesfest.com.au/
For further MEDIA information please contact
Gaynor Crawford on (02) 6699 3437, or gaynor@gaynorcrawford.com

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