Teaching children a love of music is beneficial in so many ways. But let’s face it, nobody could blame a person if they wanted more to life than a soundtrack of Baby Shark, Blippi, JoJo and The Wiggles.

That’s why teaching them to love YOUR music is a genius idea. And there’s no better way to do that than the full immersion experience that a live concert or festival offers.

Fortunately here in Australia we’re blessed with many family-friendly music festivals, and one of them is proving to be a must-do on the family bucket list of both regular folk and celebs alike – The Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Byron Bay Bluesfest’s 2022 event will run from Thursday, April 14 until Monday, April 18 and features a staggering line-up of artists like Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Amy Shark, The Cat Empire and so many more …

small girl twirling and dancing at Byron Bay Bluesfest

With plenty of space to roam and dance, Byron Bay Bluesfest is perfect for the whole family.

What makes Byron Bay Bluesfest so family friendly?

The team at Bluesfest do all in their power to make sure music lovers, both young and old, can enjoy the event safely and comfortably.

Each year there is a Bluesfest Kids Zone at the festival with fun activities for all ages.

Roving entertainers also provide colour and fun throughout the festival grounds showcasing their skills at stilt walking, juggling and all manner of other fun spectacles which are sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces. There is also incredible cultural experiences to be had at The Boomerang Festival within Bluesfest.

The food options are plentiful … and so, so delicious. However best of all is the caring and warm vibe that radiates throughout the crowd. Families dance with children upon Mum or Dad’s shoulders and, late at night, it’s common to see little ones rugged up snug as a bug in a wagon dragged from stage to stage as parents get some boogie time in on their own.

Bluesfest provides nappy changing and breastfeeding areas next to the kids’ tent, located in the Mojo field. You can read more about their all abilities accessibility on the Bluesfest website.

COVID Safety

Bluesfest is receiving helpful advice from the NSW Department of Health on creating a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Furthermore, Bluesfest has engaged a risk assessment company to include the COVID-19 Safety Plan into the event’s overall safety and risk management plan and to assist with the realisation of those compliances.

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children enjoying byron bay bluesfest

Families are more than welcome and, in fact encouraged, to come along and experience the festival magic together.

Where is Byron Bay Bluesfest held?

Byron Bay Bluesfest is held annually over Easter at its home ground on Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, which is approximately 10 minutes north of Byron Bay and five minutes south of Brunswick Heads.

If you’re flying in, it’s only 30 minutes from Ballina Airport and 40 minutes from Gold Coast Airport.

Where should families stay for Byron Bay Bluesfest?

Local accommodation in Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Pottsville and surrounds is plentiful. Whether you go for a hotel, caravan park or hire a house, you’ll find plenty of options if you look early. The festival organises fantastic transport options to get you in and out easily from most places nearby, too.

However, if you really want to get the most of your Bluesfest experience, onsite camping is the way to go. Clean, user-friendly onsite facilities mean you’re not completely roughing it.

The campground offers a campers’ cafe (serving hot breakfasts, coffee, milk, ice and other limited items), amenities such as toilets and showers. If you or your little ones need a break from the adventure within the festival, popping in and out is easy when you’re staying on site.

Just bring yourself and your camping set up, or there’s a convenient option that allows you to book a pre-built tipi, tent motel or more on-site.