It’s not every day you get to sing a duet with Lionel Richie. But Monday night, that’s what around 7,000 women in a crowd that numbered close to 15,000 got to do when Diana Ross failed to show.
The original member of the soul funk band, The Commodores, took to the Mojo stage to perform one of the most memorable shows of Bluesfest, finishing with a rousing rendition of We are the World and of course, followed up with an encore of the song everyone was waiting to hear ‘All Night Long.’
Peter Noble told The Echo, ‘In the microcosm that is our five-day Bluesfest, it’s easy to forget there is a world outside with all the things going on that are. I must admit I forgot about the Commonwealth Games being held, but I would like to wish everyone well. Spectators and participants.’
Boomerang ‘best yet’
Back to Blues – Peter was full of praise for everyone who attended, those who performed and those who worked behind the scenes.
‘We have had an amazing five days and nights. I loved our Boomerang festival and I thought the closing ceremony was the best one yet. Take a bow Rhoda Roberts.’
One of the other knock out performances was by 22 year-old Tash Sultana, the one woman band who held thousands captivated on Sunday night. John Butler had to pull out some pretty spectacular guitar work to follow her. Which of course he did.
‘Tash Sultana proved without a doubt why she is Australia’s most popular new contemporary artist’ said Mr Noble.
Old & new
Bluesfest is about breaking acts, but it’s also about music industry legends, Robert Plant’s Friday show being one of the most anticipated for die hard Led Zeppelin fans.
‘Robert Plant proved he still has the goods’ said Noble. ‘Australia’s great blues band Chain, on their fiftieth anniversary tour, were magnificent and Willie Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson is a superstar in waiting! I have already booked him for our thirtieth festival next year.’
But it wasn’t just the super famous internationals that made the cut. Some of our local talent got to share the bill as well.
‘Miss Renee Simone played our Mojo main stage on Sunday to an adoring crowd,’ concluded Noble.
And that was the festival from the Director’s chair for the 29th Byron Bluesfest 2018.
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