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Review: Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 5 Wrap

By DOMINIC FEAIN
Bluesfest Day Five Wrap:

It was a fitting finale to one of the best ever Byron Bluesfests last night as the legendary Paul Simon capped off five days of extraordinary performances by countless artists across six stages.

Actually, that’s seven if you include the busking stage.

The Mojo tent was packed to overflowing with an all-ages crowd that was not only a testament to the enduring legacy of a musical icon, but also the festival organisers for once again staging a truly inclusive, cross-generational event.
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Review: Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 4 Wrap

By DOMINIC FEAIN
Day Four: Bluesfest wrap
The clouds set in for day four of Bluesfest but that didn’t dampen the festival spirit or the crowd numbers.

While yesterday’s line-up lacked the star-studded impact of the first three days, punters still poured in to enjoy the days high-energy bill packed with long-time Bluefest favourites.
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Photos! Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 4

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Featured Artists: Rufus Wainwright, Roger Hodgson, Bettye LaVette, Karise Eden, Jon Anderson
Venue: Bluesfest Byron Bay
Date: 31 March 2013

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Review: Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 3 Wrap

By DOMINIC FEAIN
Day three of Bluesfest.

Perhaps it’s the selective memory but it never ceases to amaze me how quickly one forgets the shear stamina and commitment five day festivals demand – let alone one with six stages and a line-up like this.

Herein lies the crux of the Bluesfest punter’s dilemma – how to choose between the likes of Iggy Pop and Robert Plant; Status Quo and the Beasts of Bourbon; the Dropkick Murphys and Taj Mahal, not to mention Santana and Wanda Jackson; Ben Harper and Chris Isaak; the Counting Crows and Joan Armatrading; Wilco and The Melbourne Ska Orchestra…

Bottom line? Decisiveness is the key. Where there’s no guts there’s no glory. Wavering between stages will only break you down faster and leave you with a gnawing sense of what might have been against a potential epiphany at a consecrated altar of live rock and roll.
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Photos! Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 3

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Featured Artists: Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Dropkick Murphys, Status Quo, Beasts of Bourbon
Venue: Bluesfest Byron Bay
Date: 30 March 2013

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Review: Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 2 Wrap

By DOMINIC FEAIN
Byron Bay’s Bluesfest hit full stride yesterday, following a cracker opening night on Thursday, and the heavens responded in kind.

Let’s face it, it just wouldn’t be Bluesfest without the rain.

While it certainly wasn’t the 100mm organisers had promised would drain off faster than a heavy metal anthem, it did pour down.

But that didn’t deter the hundreds of punters spilling out three sides of Crossroads stage where Rodriguez had just won over a new generation of fans. The crowd knew most of the words to his classic 1970 album, Cold Fact, and weren’t afraid to sing them. It was spine-tingling stuff.

On the flip-side, it was yet another classic Bluesfest audience – relaxed, intelligent and forgiving – offering musicians the kind of reception that has elicited some extraordinary live performances over the years, and earned the festival an international reputation among artists second to none in Australia.
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Photos! Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 2

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Featured Artists: Santana, Manu Chao La Ventura, Rodriguez, Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Cliff, Glen Hansard, Taj Mahal Trio, Ben Harper, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Wards Xpress
Venue: Bluesfest Byron Bay
Date: 29 March 2013

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Photos! Bluesfest Byron Bay 2013 – Day 1

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Acts: Charlie Musselwhite, Ben Harper, Jason Mraz, Counting Crows, Rodriguez, Chris Isaak, Trombone Shorty, Fred Wesley
Venue: Bluesfest Byron Bay
Date: 28 March 2013

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2012 – Day 5 – Yes, Zappa plays Zappa, John Fogerty, Candi Staton, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Ray Beadle, Dawes, Claude Hay, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rosie Ledet | Photos!

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2012 – Day 4 – John Butler Trio, Blue King Brown, The Pogues, Josh Pyke, The Audreys, Angelique Kidjo, Round Mountain Girls, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Seasick Steve, Maceo Parker, Eagle and The Worm, Watussi, Busby Marou, Mama Kin

Photographer: Chris Dornan Photography

Photographer: Chris Dornan Photography
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Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2012 (Day 3) – John Fogerty, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!, Ziggy Marley, Seasick Steve, Blitzen Trapper, Donovan, Angelique Kido, Ray Beadle, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Steve Earle, Tijuana Cartel

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photographer: Stuart Blythe
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Photos! Byron Bay Bluesfest 2012 (Day 2) – Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, Dallas Frasca

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photographer: Stuart Blythe
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Bluesfest 2011 – Day Six, Featuring: Bob Dylan, Gurrumul, Paul Kelly and Buffy Sainte-Marie. – Live Review

  One of the beautiful things about a festival as large and varied as Bluesfest is that the discovery of something new and exciting, at least for the listener, waits around every corner. For this reviewer, Canadian First Nations singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie was the jewel of this year’s hidden treasures.

Already familiar with her 60s hit Universal Soldier and the rocking Bury My Heart at

Wounded Knee, as well as her Academy Award winning effort Up Where We Belong (who isn’t?), it was a pleasure to become acquainted with the other varied dimensions of her 40 plus year repertoire, and to experience the woman behind the music.
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Bluesfest 2011 – Day Five, Featuring: Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, BB & the Blues Shacks, and the Old Spice Boys. – Live Review

by: Pepa Wolfe
Monday was another delightful mix of new discoveries and big names, with a good dose of puppetry and performance art thrown in.

The day saw the some rocking blues with plenty of keys down at the Crossroads tent as German outfit BB & the Blues Shacks charmed the crowd. Physically dynamic and looking sharp, BB and his boys really ramped up the audience participation. It was an onstage/offstage love-in, complete with dancing girls on stilts.
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