30 Years Young for Bluesfest


The odd shower and a few puddles didn’t dampen the spirits for the Bluesfest revellers celebrating 30 years this Easter weekend.

Th full moon shone over the night stages adding a bit of mystique to the proceedings.

With over 100 acts it’s simply impossible to cover everything, however whether by choice or sheltering from the odd shower new music was experienced and delighted all.

The brilliance of Bluesfest is that there is always something old, something new, perhaps borrowed and a whole lotta blues.

Highlights for this shorty were Nahko and Medicine for the People who I discovered at Bluesfest at their first appearance and so was very happy to join the crowd to see them grow into MOJO performers.

Kurt Vile ripped it up and Ocean Alley smoothed it out at the end of day 1.

Imelda May strutted her stuff in a mixture of high energy rock and soulful heart break while Nora Jones fused jazz and country into a stunning set at Crossroads.

Then it was a battle for the younger audience for Tash Sultana or join the older crowd to see the iconic Iggy Pop who, at over 70, has seen and done everything and is still doesn’t give a damn and shows everyone how to have a good time. A true legend.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday started to merge into each other, possibly thanks to the Jacobs Creek wine bar or the frothy holiday beer, so many highlights, which for me included; St Paul and the Broken Bones, The War and Treaty, Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Jack Johnson, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Playing for Change, Vintage Trouble, Saboteurs, Lucas Nelson, California Honeydrops and so much more.

ABC Best of Bluesfest gave you a chance to get up close and personal with some of the performers at Bluesfest and get some insights into what’s important to them and we were treated to some great one off performances.

This festival is 30 years young and has more than 30 years left in the tank, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else is in store for us in the future, what new bands will be discovered? Which of this years newbies will spread their wings wide and soar to new heights? and who will be back for a good old groove next year?

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