Day 1: Let there be Bluesfest


Trombone Shorty. Photo Tree Faerie.

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

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