Eight-month-old Anajali Howell from Brisbane taking in the sites, not so much the sounds of this year’s Bluesfest.
Eight-month-old Anajali Howell from Brisbane taking in the sites, not so much the sounds of this year’s Bluesfest. Patrick Gorbunovs

Chair ‘Nazis’ get the flick

AS THE 24th annual Byron Bay Bluesfest begins packing up today , director Peter Noble has promised to address two of this year's biggest gripes - the parking and the chair "Nazis".

Many festival goers reported that it took up to two hours to drive out of the car park at the end of the evening throughout the five-day music marathon which drew crowds of 20,000 every day.

Mr Noble said there were plans to unlink the north and south car parks to alleviate the situation.

"Yes, the north car park was a problem and we have to address it," Mr Noble said during a press conference yesterday.

He said there was always going to be delays when that many vehicles seek to leave an event at the same time, but the wait this year had been too long.

"It's too much and we know it and we're addressing it."

Another sore point was the row upon row of fold-up chairs parked at the back of the venues, often unoccupied. As one punter vented on social media: "Since when has Bluesfest become an 'old farts bring your chairs and peg out your patch festival'."

Mr Noble said seating would be installed behind the mixing desk and BYO chairs banned next year.

He revealed that after making a loss in 2012, his accountant reckons 2013 will turn a considerable profit to make up for it, plus some.

If sales are any gauge, Grace Potter and Rodriguez made the most new fans, with merchandise tent staff reporting they were the biggest sellers.

Police say the only incident at the festival was a handful of trespassers trying to sneak in.

As for next year's 25th anniversary festival, Mr Noble revealed he had invited back two "super" headlining acts from previous years and had also extended invitations to Grace Potter and Trombone Shorty from this year's bill to return.

A commemorative book and DVD would also be released.



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