FES­TI­VAL IS IN BIRTH­DAY PARTY MODE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

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.

Jack John­son

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