BLUESFEST 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
The 2019 Bluesfest is shaping up to be a birthday bash like no other, for a festival like no other. With the iconic event celebrating its 30th anniversary, this year’s amazing lineup features many of the loyal audiences’ most requested artists. As Festival Director Peter Noble commented – “we will only turn 30 once and we intend to make this edition truly memorable!"
You can almost feel the good vibes emanating from Byron Bay already. So load up the car, pack the tent, hook up the campervan or book a room (good luck with that!), because you won’t want to miss any of the action.
Helping to make it all happen is Nadja Konietzko organiser extraordinaire – and Stage and Screen client – well, more like family really. As PA to Peter Noble, she’s one half of this dynamic duo, who has been working behind the scenes for the past five years. During that time she has established strong partnerships – and friendships – with the Stage and Screen team including Amie Hunt, Michael Gvozdic and Marc Peacock.
With a background in event management, and a stint as a tour promoter in Europe, Bluesfest brings together two of Nadja’s loves – festival management and music! “Bluesfest is ‘a music festival for music lovers’ - and that sums me up,” said Nadja. “I love music and live entertainment and I’ve learnt so much working alongside Peter. And the organisational part of the job appeals to my German background – as I like structure and logistics!”
However Nadja is the first to admit that one of the biggest challenges of the festival is the never-ending travel changes. A situation compounded by the fact that it’s held over the Easter holiday long weekend, when a lot of travel services are closed - or at the very best, operating on skeleton staff.
But where there’s a will there’s a way and the Stage and Screen solution established many years ago – has been to have a number of travel managers implanted onsite with the Bluesfest team. This year Amie Hunt and Michael Gvozdic will be manning a hot desk at the festival to be on call to ensure all travel arrangements go smoothly and any changes are quickly actioned.
“It’s pretty common to see them with a phone to each ear, as they wait on hold to confirm a booking, while simultaneously changing another,” said Nadja. “But being able to solve issues face-to-face saves so much time and takes a lot of stress off me! The Stage team are like my closest colleagues. I call them my ‘travel angels’ not travel agents - and they perform miracles too!”
One such miracle was the year Stage and Screen needed to get George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on a plane from Perth to Sydney on the same day (and over the busy Easter holiday weekend)! The 22-member group had missed a connection and ended up stranded on the opposite side of Australia. But Stage and Screen worked their magic to get them all on a flight and they arrived in Byron Bay two hours before their set!
“Stage and Screen understand all the ins and outs of the festival, they also know all our stakeholders and Peter and I are able to have clear and honest communication with them,” said Nadja. “They have great systems and processes in place and they’ve helped us improve our processes over the years too.”
2019 LEGENDARY LINEUP
Taking to the stage over the Easter weekend will be crowd favourites Ben Harper and Jack Johnson probably the two most requested artists year-after-year, and we have listened to our audience and bought them back for this special occasion.
The lineup of A-list artists also includes Iggy Pop, Jack White and the Saboteurs (aka The Ranconteurs), Ray LaMontagne (first Australian performance since 2005) and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.
- Ben Harper’s first Bluesfest appearance was 1996.
- Jack Johnson first played Bluesfest in 2001.
- George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are playing their Australian tour this year, before retiring in May after a 60+ year career.
- Kasey Chambers will perform 20 years after her first main stage festival debut at Bluesfest.
For more information go to bluesfest.com.au