Countdown to Bluesfest

Bluesfest 2010 is ready to roll, say organisers.
Bluesfest 2010 is ready to roll, say organisers.

EVERYTHING’S ready to go. That’s the message from Bluesfest director Peter Noble as the countdown to this year’s 21st anniversary music event reaches its final week.

Despite continued showers, Mr Noble said the new festival site at Tyagarah was fine.

“We are on schedule, and the showers really haven’t given us too much trouble,” he said.

“Once we get the festival up and running, it’s going to be really exciting.”

For the first time in its 21-year history, this year’s event will be held at a purpose-built festival site at Tyagarah.

On from April 1 to 5, the internationally renowned and multi-award-winning music event has once again attracted some of the biggest names in music.

With headline acts including Crowded House, Jack Johnson, The Fray and John Butler; old festival friends Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal; guitarist Jeff Beck and a host of new, young up-and-comers including Jessica Mauboy, Mr Noble said the 2010 event was one not to be missed.

The festival will be opened by the NSW Minister for the Arts, Virginia Judge, who will be at the festival on Thursday and Friday.

Mr Noble said ticket sales were going ‘through the roof’.

“Yesterday we sold 500 tickets and caught up with last year’s ticket sales and now 70 to 75 per cent of our tickets are sold,” he said last Wednesday.

“Although we are yet to sell a ticket (in) Antarctica, which we did last year, we have so far sold more tickets to more countries than ever before.

“Last year we sold tickets to 25 countries. This year so far we have sold tickets to 30 countries.

“Kiwis are flying over the ditch in higher numbers than ever before, Northern Territorians and South Australians are, as always, batting above their weight and more than 10,000 Queenslanders are coming.”

Mr Noble said tickets would be available at the gate each day, but it was expected that one-day tickets for the Saturday would be sold out before the festival started.

He said that Sunday was also shaping up to be really popular and he urged people who wanted to go on Saturday or Sunday to get their tickets now.

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