Bluesfest is our favourite music festival, located on the East coast of Australia in Byron Bay and hosts many international and local musicians over a 5-day festival on the Easter Long weekend. Going to this festival has become somewhat of a tradition and now we are beginning to convince friends and family to join us next year. It is like no other festival we have been to, and exudes good vibes and a chilled out atmosphere, not to mention the genres of music we love!
I hope I can take you a little closer to what it is like to attend a Bluesfest through this photo tour. Enjoy.
This is our second time seeing Dallas Frasca live and she has really grown as a performer and as a person. She has added a drummer to the line up and we were lucky enough to meet with her in person (there is an interview to come shortly). We look forward to bring you closer to what makes Dallas tick. Stay tuned, but in the mean time enjoy these photos.
Sublime with Rome
This was the second band that we were lucky enough to interview for the Bluesfest. It is a band that I have been listening to for the past 10 years and after losing their lead singer I thought the band would never recover and be the same. I am happy to announce that Rome is a great addition to the band and now takes over the reins as lead singer and compliments the sound and actually adds another dynamic to the their old songs.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Shorty and his band are a joy to watch and this is blues at its best. Although we couldn’t get to the front of the stage for his performance we were content to be sitting at the rear of the tent and enjoyed the lengthy horn riffs. We immediately added him to our iTunes playlist.
This young talented man holds himself on stage like he is a veteran at performing at festivals. He is highly personable and when he gets into his long foot stomping, harmonica playing, guitar strumming solos it is hard not to smile and feed off his energy on stage. He is one of our favourite new artists we found at this years Bluesfest.
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson
They have been performing for audiences at Bluesfest for many years and have been the longest consecutive performer at this festival ever! They are crowd favourites and it is evident by the large amount of people who fill the tent to listen to their quirky performance.
Elise’s father loves Keb Mo, so it was a must for us not to miss his performance on his behalf. He has a gentle way with his music and he look like a man half his age when up on stage. I left his set wanting more.
He is known as “The Voice” of his home country of South Africa and there is no question why he has attained this stature. His songs are filled with freedom, of revolution, of love and of life. He speaks several languages and also sings in many different South African dialects as well. Our world needs more people like Vusi to spread the word of love. I was mesmerised from start to finish with his performance and his band.
Watching him on stage is like watching a reincarnation of Bob Marley. The similarity in their performance is uncanny and it was like I was watching history unfold on stage. It is evident his passion for music and reggae and he hasn’t deviated away from his fathers sound to much at all. This performance was one of the best of all of Bluesfest.
I hadn’t heard much of Mama Kin, until John Bulter had been mentioning her each time that he performed at the same event. It was great to finally see her at Bluesfest this year for the first time and she was a real crowd pleaser. I love the way she interacts with the audience between songs and her music is packed with power yet there is a gentle embrace from her voice. Love her sound and will be looking out for music in the future.
This is the first part of our Bluesfest Photo tour and Part 2 will follow shortly. Look forward to bringing more artists and mayhem to you. Stay tuned!