It’s raining, it must be Bluesfest
After a Welcome to Country by Delta Kay, dances by the Arakwal mob and warm words from festival director Peter Noble set the event in motion, seven performance stages went off yesterday at the 26th instalment of the Byron Bay Bluesfest.
As happens on Blues Thursday, there was plenty of walking space and not too much mud as crowds are still arriving from the across the country for this iconic annual event.
Come back each day of Bluesfest to check out our festival updates.
As also happens on Thursday, some of the best acts of the festival graced the stages and early audiences were blissed and blown out by performances from Trombone Shorty, Counting Crows, Nikki Hill, Angus and Julia Stone, Jimmy Cliff, Sticky Fingers, and Jurassic 5 just to name a few.
Irish lad Andrew Hozier was a definite crowd favourite, at just 24 Hozier managed to hold hundreds in the palm of his hand, stealing more than just a few hearts during his set.
The sprinkle of rain late in the evening did nothing to dampen day one spirits and all is well with the world…
~ Photos Tree Faerie
Jeff Dawson photos
More stories from Bluesfest 2015
Light rail the solution to Bluesfest transport woes
Peter Finch, Byron Bay. Hundreds of Bluesfest patrons were left stranded at Tyagarah Fields on Friday when the last buses left more than an hour before the entertainment finished.March 31, 2016 | The Echo | 5
Bunny Sunday Bluesfest day 4
Sunday saw some of the Bluesfest big guns roll out – Jackson Browne played a massive one and a half hour set as did Melissa Etheridge – neither disappointed the legion of punters pressing against the barriers to see them.... Read More →March 28, 2016 | Eve Jeffery | 0
Bluesfest hump day and the rain came
It wouldn't be Bluesfest if we didn't get a bit of rain and at the halfway point yesterday afternoon, the heavens open to hear the sweet tunes drifting up from Tyagarah and the rain fell.March 27, 2016 | Eve Jeffery | 0
Bluefest blasts off – day 1
Yesterday the 27th edition of Bluesfest kicked off at Tyagarah – I did write an epic story about how awesome it was, but it got wiped as I was saving it – grrrrrrr.March 25, 2016 | Eve Jeffery | 0
Fantastic Mr Negrito
Having blown up at SXSW, impressing industry and fans alike, Fantastic Negrito is an exciting and poignant artist not only creating quality, stirring R&B and blues music, but living and standing for the heart of the blues…March 24, 2016 | Mandy Nolan | 0