Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Car Parks, Old Farts, Chairs Mar Bluesfest

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Car Parks, Old Farts, Chairs Mar Bluesfest

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AS THE 24th annual Byron Bay Bluesfest begins packing up today, director Peter Noble has promised to address two of this yearas biggest gripes a the car parks and the achair nazisa.

Many fans reported it took up to two hours to drive out of the car park at the end of some evenings of the five-day music marathon, which drew crowds of 20,000 each day.

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

aYes, the north car park was a problem and we have to address it,a Mr Noble said.

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.

aItas too much and we know it and weare addressing it.a

Another sore point was the row upon row of fold-up chairs parked at the back of the venues, often unoccupied, crowding out others trying to get in, especially when it was raining.

As one punter vented on social media: aSince when has Bluesfest become an a[approximately]old farts bring your chairs and peg out your patcha festival? …

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