GUMBOOTS: Revellers at Bluesfest 2016.
GUMBOOTS: Revellers at Bluesfest 2016.

Bluesfest tickets to be taken off sale, sold at higher rate

TICKETS for the 28th Annual Bluesfest will be taken off sale next week - so get in quick if you want a bargain!

The 2017 festival will be held at its custom built event site just outside of Byron Bay on the 2017 Easter long weekend, Thursday April 13 to Monday April 17.

Festival organisers said Bluesfest had experienced unprecedented sales for the 2017 event and therefore will be taking tickets off sale for a period of time, before putting them back on sale at a much higher price when the festival goes out with its first artist announcement later in the year.

This decision has been made to allow for Bluesfest organisers to deliver the high calibre of talent it has become renowned for, organisers said.

"Bluesfest is committed to delivering exceptional artist line-ups year after year and if the festival was to continue selling at the current rate and price, this would not be feasible," a spokesperson for the festival said.

Festival Director Peter Noble recently went to the United States on a booking trip for the 2017 Bluesfest and is currently in Europe attending meetings and booking artists for next year's festival.

"Bluesfest 2017 is shaping up to be a very special year," Mr Noble said.

"I have been travelling and meeting artist's managers and agents in the U.S. and the U.K. recently, and I can say it's all coming together brilliantly.

"Whilst I don't always get all the artists I approach to play, this coming year, so far, is looking like one for the books.

"There isn't one artist booked for Bluesfest that we don't 100% believe will impress to the highest degree.

"From the first artist that plays on our smaller stages to our headliners, we take a deep pride in presenting the very best of the new emerging artists along with the legends.

"Our discovery artists, time and time again have grown to be headliners in their own right, and we are not afraid to take a chance in booking great new artists like St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Kaleo and Kendrick Lamar from our 2016 festival, through to the new emerging Roots and Contemporary artists we will be announcing soon.

"We are now in the process of finalising negotiations with some of the world's most famous artists.

"Ticket sales have been just incredible, and now we are announcing we are going off sale for a time before returning with our first announcement. Now is your opportunity to buy your ticket at the best possible price.

"I can tell you this, without a shadow of a doubt, Bluesfest 2017 will be one of our greatest events. This is our passion and what we live for."

The first artist announcement for Bluesfest 2017 is expected to roll out later in the year.

All 5, 3 & 1 day festival and camping tickets are currently on sale through www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310 but will be taken off sale next week at the latest.