While rumours ran rife that Blues day two boasted the likes of Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon back stage, punters got more glitter than drag queen’s make-up box and the star spotters were excited.
Standing still for too long saw Jason Momoa a sitting duck, the big boy from Game of Thrones’ graciously posed for photos, even one ‘Can you please just hug me so I can show it to my husband?’
But the stars on stage were what audiences had come to see and there was not a drop of disappointment as they twinkled for Tyagarah.
The day began with the Arakwal opening ceremony – Aunty Dulcie gave a very warm Jingi Walla while Uncle Magpie Currie, Uncle Pete Marshall and Arakwal dubay Rikkara sang and spoke to the hearts of all nearby and Pete and the Dubay Dancers let people know what country we are all on for Blues.
For the second night Patti Smith clutched everyone in her palm, starting her set with a hearty rendition of a Ginsberg poem, ‘Holy, holy, holy, holy, holy, holy…’
Patti played an ‘acoustic’ set, and though more subdued that Thursday evening’s Horses, no less emphatic and adored.
With so many great acts playing it was a night of highlights and punters were spoiled for choice, many just staying put to bliss out on what passed before them.
Notable were Rickie Lee Jones whose unmistakeable tone took the audience both back and forward in time and Rhiannon Giddens who just took everyone to heaven.
Mavis Staples was definitely on the stellar list with one person commenting ‘She’s back!’
Michael Kiwanuka, The Strumbellas, Gallant and of course Jimmy Buffett were there to make stuff happen and Trombone Shorty: what can you say? A bloody legend!
Snarky Puppy played another great set and those who waited in the front row for hours were not disappointed when Bonnie Raitt stepped up to play.
Bluesfest regulars Playing for Change were absolutely on fire and Mud Morganfield and his awesome crew, was on a slow and steady, heady burn.
Bluesfest debutantes The Suffers snatched a swathe of new fans with a set that blasted beyond belief when they hit the Delta stage for a very good Friday. Kam Franklin’s pipes pretty much had everyone wetting themselves as she soared above Tyagarah making all in earshot fall in love with her, insuring they’ll be invited back for an encore.
But it was Mary J Blige who had punters pressing ever forward for a taste of her R&B goodies and she delivered what they came for in spades – and diamonds and heart.
– all came away sated and ready for day three.