FESTIVAL IS IN BIRTHDAY PARTY MODE
Byron Bay’s Bluesfest takes over the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm this Easter long weekend.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the five-day festival welcomes a line-up of master musicians and blues and roots greats, including headliners Jack Johnson, The Doobie Brothers, John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band.
They will be joined by Erykah Badu, Iron & Wine, Devendra Banhart, Morcheeba, Gary Clark Jr, KT Tunstall, Allen Stone, Valerie June, Nikki Hill, Boz Scaggs, Dr John & The Nite Trippers and Bluesfest favourites John Butler Trio and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
Festival director Peter Noble says he expects the 25th festival to be the best yet.
“Everyone is so excited,” he says.
“We expect to have at least our equal biggest attendance in the history of the event.
We are proud to be presenting what we strongly believe is the best bill of artists we have ever produced.”
Headliner Jack Johnson, who recently released his sixth album,
made his Bluesfest debut in 2002.
Johnson’s known to attend the multi-award-winning festival even when he is not on the bill.
“It’s such a warm crowd. It’s a crowd born for music. I’m going to show up early to check out Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and a couple of bands before me,” he says.
“I’ve been looking at the line-up and names I didn’t know and jumping on YouTube to check them out. I want to see Gary Clark Jr after checking him out.” Byron Bay Bluesfest, Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, today until Monday.