Richmond MP Justine Elliot doesn’t mince words when she wants to attack the government on its shortcomings. But she displayed a softer side in parliament on Monday, when she delivered a eulogy of sorts to Bluesfest and its director Peter Noble.
Another great day out at Tyagarah on Sunday for the 2014 Bluesfest with punters putting on their glad rags for Blues bunny day.
The Byron Shire Echo's resident photographer gets up-close & personal with some of the stars, filing from his camper-trailer at the festival.
Crowds swelled and music pumped as the second day of the 25th annual Byron Bay Bluesfest got underway at Tyagarah. The weather again defied the Easter curse and the sun shone on the thousands gathered to listen to the best... Read More →
The 25th anniversary Byron Bay Bluesfest launched yesterday to clear skies and a wild, enthusiastic crowd. Festival director Peter Noble has cast a wide net once again and snared a broad audience.
We speak to Keven and Karin Oxford about pioneering a regional music industry and just what it took to start one of the world’s leading festivals.
When an event runs for a quarter of a century you can guarantee that it becomes part of the fabric of a person’s story. Here are a few reminiscences from loyal blues fans.
There’s a moment in most artists’ young lives when they realise music will shape their future and define who they are. Kasey Chambers didn’t have to wait for that moment; music is part of her DNA.
There is something indefinable about Troy Casser Daley. At the top of the country music scene in Australia, he has a reputation among his peers and is the most loved and respected singer/songwriter in country music.
When she was just 15, the soon-to-be soul-singing sensation Joss Stone went into the studio to record her star-making debut album the soul sessions.
This year sees Byron’s most famous signature event, Byron Blues Festival, turn 25. Founded by Keven and Karin Oxford, ‘Bluesfest’ was born back in 1990 as a four-day indoor event at the then Arts Factory.
Eric Bibb has been a professional player since he was just 16, playing in the house band for his father’s television talent show. At 19 he move to Paris, where he took up blues guitar
At just 24, us soul sensation Allen Stone is making his mark. This Seattle songwriter talks about mobile phones and social networks; he sings about the clout of the christian right and a culture of greed.
After more than 45 years with the Allman Brothers, American rock and blues singer songwriter Gregg Allman has formed a brand-new outfit that he will be bringing to this year’s Bluesfest
Beth Hart is one of this year’s Bluesfest’s director’s top picks. And for good reason: Hart not only has a powerhouse vocal; she has a powerhouse story and a powerhouse presence on stage.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble took out the fifth annual Rolling Stone Award at a ceremony held in Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel last night.
There’s no-one else on the Australian music scene quite like Glenn Cardier. Glenn A Baker dubbed him a ‘national treasure’ and Rhythms Magazine said ‘he’s a genie one-off, a maverick’.
Last year’s Bluesfest has been awarded Australia’s Best Regional Event at the 2013 Australian Event Awards in the category of Best Event State or Territory.
The 25th anniversary 2014 Bluesfest has added legendary US bluesman Buddy Guy as part of a new fourth-round artist announcement.
Peter Noble, Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. The word 'cur' is not classified as a swear word. The dictionary defines it as a mongrel dog - especially a worthless or inferior breed, a base person, a person who is not well liked.
Yesterday Bluesfest Byron Bay revealed its third round of artists to perform at its 25th Anniversary for 2014. The latest announcement welcomes Bluesfest icon headliner Jack Johnson back to its main stage.
Director Peter Noble said, ‘Many of the greatest of the fraternity of musicians around the world are coming to Bluesfest for our greatest one yet – our 25th.’
Exclusive video: Bluesfest director Peter Noble interviewed about the first lineup announcement of next year's 25th anniversary festival.
Staff reporters Police training drug sniffer dogs on 80,000 festivalgoers have little to show for their efforts, with just a 0.0025 per cent return on investment. For all their efforts, police issued just 39 field court attendance notices for drug... Read More →
Chris Dobney Despite – or perhaps because of – the overwhelming popularity of this year’s Bluesfest, complaints have focused on two main issues: the number of empty chairs at the back of tents during performances and the length of time... Read More →