Peter Noble, festival director of Byron Bay Bluesfest, has been awarded an OAM for service to live and recorded music, tourism and to the community.
Peter Noble, festival director of Byron Bay Bluesfest, has been awarded an OAM for service to live and recorded music, tourism and to the community. Patrick Gorbunovs

Boss singing praises of his Bluesfest team for OAM honour

THE man behind Byron Bay Bluesfest is being recognised for service to live and recorded music, tourism and to the community.

Peter Noble admits he and his family are a bit slack when it comes to opening mail, and so he didn’t get the news of the OAM until after Christmas.

Mr Noble is the only local OAM recipient awarded for services to the arts.

“How can we not honour culture? One of the most important things in life is culture. Sure, we are a bit more of a sporty nation and tend to honour that above all else, but imagine life without music – the outpouring of our soul,” he said.

“I have been a resident of Lennox Head for 17 years and it is a source of great pride.

“Any chance I get, I speak of the importance of The Boomerang Festival, which is headed up by Bundjalung woman Rhoda Roberts, who I believe should be Australian of the Year. It’s an indigenous festival on indigenous land and with it I can feel roots growing in my country. It’s profound.

“In the music industry, Bluesfest has received so many awards and you never take any of them for granted. This is a personal award but Bluesfest and all it has achieved for charities is organised by a team of people. I’m just the team leader, or tyrant.”

His achievements include:

Festival director, Byron Bay Bluesfest, since 1993. Booking agent since 1990.

Bluesfest supports the following charities: Australian Seabird Rescue, Bay FM 99.9, Boomerang Festival, Byron Youth Service, Cancer Council, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Playing For Change, The Uncle Project and Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Awards and recognition include:

Recipient of the Rolling Stone Award (Australia) in 2014.



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