Bluesfest Day 3
By Wanda Hill
The rain came down as spirits soared lifted by music unfazed by the weather or mud underfoot. Day three was a bit wet but who really cares when your safe and dry listening to The Gypsy Kings surrounded by warm bodies all captivated by sounds that make you feel like you’re thousands of miles away in the warm Spanish countryside having a religious experience. Being transported by Spanish Romini elder Nicholas Reyes’s vocals in combination with the magical flamenco guitar of Tonino Baliardo, supported by younger cousins on vocals and guitars is a cultural experience everyone should have in this lifetime.
Bluesfest 2015 Day 1
Review by Wanda Hill
It’s that time of year again when thousands of music lovers make their way to Arakwal Country in the Byron Shire for the annual Easter celebration of all things blues, roots and beyond. It is such a lovely feeling to walk onto the extremely well prepared festival site knowing that there are five days of incredible artists from around the world to be enjoyed amidst a friendly crowd and delicious food.
Review by David Jackson
To say they were having the time of their lives in Newcastle on Thursday night is an understatement.
The founding six of Jurassic 5 hit the stage with power and precision playing a powerful ninety minute set to a packed and appreciative house. Founding MC’s Akil, Zaakir and Marc 7, moved synergistically with the deep voice of Chali 2na to give the Newcastle fans a real treat. DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist showed the crowd a new concept of becoming portable from behind the confines of their turntables. The portable turntable/drum machine and the extended DJ scratch break ensured fans kept with the rhythm as the four DJ’s briefly left the stage.
Photographer: David Jackson
Bluesfest Byron Bay, the multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held annually over the Easter Long weekend just north of Byron Bay (EVENT DATES: Thu 2nd to Mon 6th of April, 2015) reveals the 3rd medley of phenomenal artists who will be performing at Bluesfest 2015.
Announcement #3 features a strong dose of Blues and Roots and so much more, with an exceptional blend of genres and a selection of artists from around the globe. Artists already announced for the Easter Extravaganza include the first major global performance of the Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals reunion, The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, Paolo Nutini, David Gray and Ben Howard just to name a few.