As Michael Franti said in Monday's final manic rap (wrap) session: 'I love Bluesfest. It reminds me every year of the power of music.'
The 26th annual Bluesfest, which drew more than 100,000 people to its Tyagarah site over the Easter weekend and featured almost 1,000 performers in 89 bands, wrapped up last night, with organisers and performers hailing it a big success.
Echo drudges have been having way too much fun at Bluesfest and we can't stop spreading the joy. Darren Coyne has been traversing the byways and mud puddles of the Bluesfest back roads.
Humpday at the 2015 Bluesfest saw yet another series of stellar performances from across the globe and Blues couture go all placky poncho.
Crowds, rather than rain, started pouring into Bluesfest this afternoon for the Saturday highlights including global Latino stars the Gipsy Kings and Rodrigo y Gabriela. kickass US soul band Alabama Shakes, Irish crooner Hozier and Scottish balladeer Paolo Nutini.
Day 2 started in style at Crossroads with Keb Mo putting the blues back into Bluesfest. I only caught the latter part of his set but was blue that I didn’t catch the lot.
After a Welcome to Country by Delta Kay, dances by the Arakwal mob and warm words from festival director Peter Noble, seven performance stages went off at the 26th Bluesfest.
Boy & Bear may have formed in 2009, but by 2011 the group had bagged an impressive five ARIAs for Moonfire, garnering Best Group, Album of the Year, and Breakthrough Artist Single & Album.
With the loss of Lenny Kravitz and Ben Howard from their Thursday line-up, Bluesfest’s organisers have gone back to the drawing board, turning the night into an Australian talent showcase.
This year Bluesfest presents one of the hottest up-and-coming acts on the planet – 23-year-old Hunter Hayes, direct from the US on his first Australian sojourn.
Lenny Kravitz has cancelled his upcoming Australasian tour, including his appearance at Bluesfest, due to unforeseen scheduling issues.
Indie hobo-pop darlings Skipping Girl Vinegar officially launch their anticipated third album The Great Wave at Bluesfest this year.
Xavier Rudd is renowned for being a one-man-band setup with a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum.
Nattali Rize, enigmatic front woman of Blue King Brown, has gone from strength to strength, spending most of last year living in Kingston, Jamaica, working on a fresh new musical project that is currently top secret!
Pokey LaFarge’s music transcends genre. He blends early jazz, country blues and western swing, all brought to life through his dynamic vocal and virtuosic instrumental skill of his band.
Remarkable young Irish roots musician Hozier, whose Grammy-nominated anthem Take Me to Church launched a broadside against institutional homophobia, will play Bluesfest this year.
Lenny Kravitz will be making his long awaited Bluesfest debut in 2015 as part of his worldwide Strut tour. His Bluesfest appearance will be his only show north of Sydney.
It may have been 21 years since his first studio album but UK singer/songwriter David Gray has lost none of his spunk. In fact in his latest album, Mutineers, Gray steers into unfamiliar territory, forging new creative ground in the process.