Bluesfest named Australia’s best cultural, arts and music event

Bluesfest has taken out the 2014 Australian Event Award for Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event.

At an awards ceremony held in Sydney, the Bluesfest team accepted the award that recognises artistic excellence, innovation and support of music, arts and culture.

Festival Director Peter Noble was in Sydney to accept the award and said it was an honour to win an award judged by the event’s peers.

“We were up against other major events such as Vivid Sydney and Santos Tour Down Under, all of them were deserving to win, making our win even more thrilling,” he said. “Once again we show that regional events in Australia can also win major awards, even up against those fully funded by bodies such as destination NSW. I am thankful to my amazing and dedicated team, without them none of this would be possible.”

Bluesfest was also nominated for Best Tourism Event, Best Regional Event, and Boomerang Festival was nominated for Best New Event. Bluesfest was also in the running for title of Australia’s Favourite Event and made it to the top 10 out of 145 nominated events, thanks to the public vote which accumulated to over 182,000 votes overall. In 2013 Bluesfest won the Best Regional Event and in 2010 was proudly awarded Australian Event of the Year at the Australian Event Awards.

Last nights’ win comes just after Bluesfest was awarded an International Greener Festival Award for 2013/2014 for the festival’s engagement with the process of reducing environmental impact. This award win marks the eighth year in a row that Bluesfest has won a Greener Festival Award.

Bluesfest has also recently been nominated for the highly regarded Annual Pollstar Award in the category of the 2014 ‘International Music Festival of the Year’ for the third year. The nomination marks the fifth time Bluesfest has been nominated for the prestigious award and the 25th Annual Bluesfest has been nominated alongside worldwide heavyweights including the Glastonbury Festival (UK), Isle Of Wight Festival (UK), Lollapalooza Brazil (Brazil), Tomorrowland (Belgium). The 26th Annual Pollstar Awards will be held in February 2015 at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Awards season is now in full force and next up is the NSW Tourism Awards to be held on Thursday 27th November at the Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour in Sydney. Bluesfest is nominated in the Major Festival and Events Category after winning Gold at the regional North Coast Tourism Awards.

Bluesfest 2015 runs 2 – 6 April. Full playing schedule is available on www.bluesfest.com.au. Headliners announced to date include The Black Keys, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (exclusive – only Australian performance) Paolo Nutini, David Gray and The Gipsy Kings amongst many others.

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