Category Archives: Byron Bay

Jeff Lang “I Live In My Head A Lot These Days” National Tour | June-July 2014

jeff langMelbourne based Jeff Lang is known for his unique nature and diverse musical palette, that is shown in his music as a songwriter, a collaborator, a guitar virtuoso and lyricist. Jeff Lang is a storyteller through his music with an ability to leave his song interpretations open to the individual.

With 14 studio albums under his belt, two of which he collected ARIA awards for – “Carried In Mind” won the 2012 ARIA award for “Best Blues & Roots” and Jeff’s world music project Djan Djan won the 2010 ARIA for “Best World Release”, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer.
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BLUESFEST 2014 WRAP UP!

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Bluesfest 2014 Aerial Shot_photo credit Evan MalcolmIt’s a wrap – Three weeks on and Bluesfest is still on everyone’s lips and very much alive. The much awaited Bluesfest figures, facts and quotes have been released AND the results are not only hugely entertaining but truly fascinating. Kudos to Bluesfest for taking the time (in paradise) to collate them all.

The festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary over the Easter long weekend from 17th to 21st of April with a diverse blend of classic to contemporary artists performing awe-inspiring shows, delicious food and perfect weather with glowing reviews from both media and festival goers alike.
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Phil Smith Announces Album Tour For ‘Year Of The Dog’

PhilAll great music cities have rare treats that can be found in the underground. PHIL SMITH is one of those rare treats.

The new PHIL SMITH album “Year Of The Dog” is without an emotional filter. It is stripped bare on every level in the great tradition of albums like Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” and Ryan Adam’s “Heartbreaker”.

Since it’s release, “Year Of The Dog” has been receiving rave reviews with particular favor towards PHIL’S well-crafted songwriting. Noel Mengel from The Courier Mail described PHIL SMITH’S music as “a beautifully understated example of Americana songcraft.”
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Live Review | Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 | Day 3 Wrap

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Day three of Bluesfest.

With the sunshine continuing to beam happily down of the festival and music filling the air, there is no better place to be than Bluesfest.

Some Of Our Day 3 Highlights

Kate Miller-Heidke delighted fans with an early afternoon set. Kate’s stunning looks matched with superbly written songs delivered with pitch perfect vocals made for a great start to the festival day.

Jimmie Vaughan stepped up to the plate and showed us why he’s one of the most respected blues guitarist around. Keeping it clean and clear his guitar spoke volumes and there was nothing you could do but sit back and soak up the sound.

If you wanted to get up and shake it, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 performance at the Mojo stage was the place to be. Kuti along with the band and the dancers took to the stage with their Afrobeat rhythms and it proved impossible not to get on your feet to jump and dance along.

A massive crowd assembled at the Mojo stage to witness John Butler Trio live and they were rewarded with a performance nothing short of amazing. Butler’s guitar work mesmerised throughout the set with clear fan favourites being “Ocean” and “Zebra”.

To say Dave Matthews Band blew the roof of the Mojo stage would be an understatement. Playing for almost three hour takes some doing but the crowd loved every moment. To top things off, Warren Haynes also made an appearance, joining the band on stage and playing a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”… magic!

Day 4 headliners include Erykah Babu, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Govt Mule, Jimmie Vaughan, Ozomatli and many more! It’s a huge day and we recommend you get in early to also check out a few of the early performances.

Here’s a few suggestions:
Kim Churchill, C.W Stoneking, Foy Vance, Kasey Chambers, Tim Rogers… just to name a few.
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Day 3 – April 19, 2014

Visit www.bluesfest.com.au for all festival information and updates.

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Live Review | Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 | Day 2 Wrap

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Day two of Bluesfest.

For day 2 of Bluesfest we were blessed with beautiful weather to set the mode of the day.

Once again impressed with the festival layout that offers easy access to all stages, along with plenty of food stalls and bars, plenty of shelter *should you need it*, amenities aplenty. Overall verdict… fantastic!

Some Of Our Day 2 Highlights

Having seen Tijuana Cartel perform a number of times over the past few years, we were eager to arrive early and catch their 12:30pm set at the Mojo stage. Their style of infused Latin American/Afro Cuban break beat + world music was the perfect way to start the festival day and get you up and dancing.
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Live Review | Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 | Day 1 Wrap

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This year is the 25th Anniversary of Byron Bay Bluesfest and possibly the biggest Bluesfest held to date. Arriving at the festival you immediately realise the size and scale of the event. Huge camping areas teaming with festival goers, friendly volunteers directing cars to parking areas and spreading an infectious happiness to all that pass by. The music emanating from the venue as you approach the gates. The blended aromas of various cuisines wafting from the food stalls and the overall “feel good” vibe in the air.
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Photo Gallery | Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014

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Tour News – 360 Announce Supports for the UTOPIA Regional Dates – 2015

360tour Tickets on sale now from www.360music.com.au

Rising Perth star Coin Banks and Melbourne’s LEVA will be joining 360 as main supports on all dates on the Utopia Regional Tour, alongside Lane Harry x Ike Campbell, also 360’s only support for his forthcoming date at the Eaton’s Hill Hotel in Brisbane this month, KALE for all Northern NSW shows, Lee Monro x Ello C in Wollongong, Mistress of Ceremony in Victoria, and Creed Birch opening proceedings for all WA shows.
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Yacht Club DJs Unveil “Oddity Number 5” Mixtape Ahead Of East Coast Tour

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From beyond the majestic shadow of Matthew McConaughey’s signature hum emerges Australia’s favourite mashup duo, Yacht Club DJs, with brand new mixtape Oddity Number 5 in tow. It’s a free download brimming with Yacht Club’s fearless repertoire; a one-hour banger fest that’ll have you fanging for the weekend, stockpiling the party mixers and wondering what ever did happen to 90’s buzz-babe Mya (not all that much).
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Bluesfest 2014 – 8th Artist Announcement

bluesfest 2014 8thBluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held over the Easter long weekend (17 – 21st of April) at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, announces another instalment of exceptional artists who will be performing at Bluesfest for the 25th Anniversary Festival.

The latest announcement includes some of the best Australian Folk, Blues, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Groove, Hip-Hop and Dub artists, not to mention some of Australia’s youngest talent who are making waves internationally and a special reunion of a much loved 90’s era Australian band.

The announcement also takes us across the globe to New Orleans, the Netherlands, South Africa, Israel, Italy and Japan with a special collaboration of musicians who inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through their music.
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She Rex to support Wolfmother – February 2014

SheRexSHE REX have been announced as main support to Grammy Award® winning Aussie rockers WOLFMOTHER on the final leg of their hyped “WOLFMOTHER TOURS THE TROPICS!” tour. The almost SOLD OUT dates will see the all-female fiery foursome on the road for the FINAL FOUR DATES of the Queensland trip including Maroochydore, Gold Coast, Brisbane (THE ZOO) and Byron Bay (The BREWERY).
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Bluesfest Byron Bay – Sixth Artist Announcement

bluesfest 6Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held at its permanent home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, reveals the 6th round of artists to perform at its 25th Anniversary, over the Easter long weekend 17 – 21 April, 2014 and news from the Bluesfest office is, that this is NOT the final one!

True to Bluesfest form, there will be more announcements before the Easter extravaganza begins in just 3 months’ time!

This latest announcement focuses on our home-grown Australian Stars with a perfect mix of excellent International artists, whilst the 2014 line-up just keeps on growing, bringing out all the magnificent wonders of Bluesfest.
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Live Review: Falls Festival 2013 – Byron Bay – Festival Wrap Up

Review by Merinda O’Brien / Jose Eduardo Cruz
The final day of the first ever Falls Festival Byron Bay came with the sadness that this great event was coming to an end. Today once again had a massive line-up to cherish and delight. Whilst the numbers did significantly reduce throughout the week, today was nevertheless just as busy, but with a bit more room to dance.

Bunkering down at the main stage once again we captured the tail end of Bombino’s set which was pumping and we only wished could have caught the entire performance. Emma Louise was brilliant and the stage backdrop added an amazing feel to her sound. This brought Solange on the stage, who just happens to be Beyonce’s younger sister. She brought a lot of flare and left no doubt as to how talented her entire family is.
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