Blues festival nominated for award

THE EAST Coast Blues and Roots Festival has been nominated for the prestigious Robert Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival for this year's event.

A Bluesfest spokeswoman said this was the sixth time the festival had been nominated for a Helpmann Award. It won the award in 2005 and 2006, beating Byron's other major music festival, Splendour in the Grass, and the Big Day Out festivals.

The awards are named in memory of Sir Robert Helpmann and annually recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia's vibrant live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.

This year's nomination puts Bluesfest 2012 up against against Future Music Festival, MONA FOMA and Vivid Live 2011.

The Helpmann Award Ceremony, which will announce the award winners, will be held at the Sydney Opera House on Monday, September 24.



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