Bluesfest director Peter Noble, right, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, ‘For service to live and recorded music, to tourism, and to the community.’
Peter Noble & Bluesfest management team, Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. We note with alarm that there have been claims by Dr Phillips that ’…of 20 surveyed koalas initially found close to the site of the northern NSW festival in 2010, none were alive today’. He said ’the noise from the festival, which stressed the animals and forced them to move, was the main cause of the deaths.’
Bluesfest director Peter Noble has rejected a koala expert’s claim that noise from the festival could be killing local koalas through stress, saying disease and wild dogs were most likely the cause of their deaths.
Hold onto your panties ladies … Bluesfest organisers have announced that Welsh crooner Tom Jones will be performing for the first time this year. Organisers also said British songwriter Noel Gallagher will be performing with his band, the High Flying Birds.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Greenhill, Tyagarah. Many people may be unaware that during the school holidays the Bluesfest organisation submitted a new DA to Council which applies for permission to massively increase the number and size of festivals to be held at the Tyagarah site.
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty or Troy Andrews began his career as a bandleader at the early age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.
The Rumjacks are five musical misfits from the cobbled streets of old Sydney town, and these celtic punk-rockers are coming to Bluesfest for the first time!
Angelique Kidjo is ‘the undisputed queen of African music’, and on the eve of her return to Australia for Bluesfest 2015.
Latst form Bluefest HQ – Donovan Frankenreiter’s approach to his music is a bit like the approach that made his surfing legendary: he’s relaxed, not one to conquer the wave but to become one with it. His album Start Livin’ has the same approach.
Brisbane’s Sheppard are continuing to build on a stellar 2014 after managing to achieve such milestones as the highest-selling Australian single for 2014 with Geronimo, four amazing album launch shows, sold-out headline shows at London’s Barfly, New York’s Webster Hall... Read More →
Mandy Nolan Michael Franti is without a doubt one of Bluesfest’s perennial favourites – his boundless energy and his ethos embodying the vibe of the music festival. This year Franti is back, but it’s something pretty special: he brings his... Read More →
In time for Bluesfest, SOJA will be releasing their fifth studio album featuring the single I Believe, co-written by and featuring Michael Franti.
Grammy-nominated American singer/songwriter Beth Hart blew in on a Californian breeze back in 1999, tearing her way into the hearts of music-lovers worldwide. She makes a return visit for Bluesfest next year.
It’s morning in the office of Peter Noble, festival director for Australia’s premier musical event Bluesfest. The third artist announcement has gone out and Noble is paying close attention to the buzz on social media, heeding the feedback from Bluesfest fans all over Australia and the world.
Stewart Pontin, Mullumbimby. I’ve lived in Byron for 40 years and as I was growing up we didn’t have the opportunities that large scale festivals offer rural towns. I had to leave Byron to further my career in Brisbane because Byron didn’t have much to offer.
While there aren’t many surprises in the second Bluesfest 2015 line-up, most are acts with a great Bluesfest pedigree.
The music-festival heart of Australia that is Byron shire is set to pump again with Bluesfest adding a star performer from the US to its first stage of its 2015 line-up at Tyagarah next Easter and the Falls Festival trumpeting more big-name acts for its New Year's event at Yelgun.