The five-day Bluesfest closed last night with huge performances from Michael Franti and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, who captivated audiences.
Bluesfest organisers say the event ‘delivered another stellar long weekend of quality music, on stage collaborations and special cameo appearances’.
It hosted 89 bands, a total of 908 artists and their tour party members and reported 105,000-plus attendances over the Easter long weekend.
Festival Director Peter Noble said ‘The rains came, some of the headline artist didn’t come however it seems like we just had our second biggest festival ever because the Blues and Roots fans know that Bluesfest is the place to be at Easter’.
‘There were magic performances by so many artists from Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Jurassic 5, Playing For Change, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and many many more,’ Mr Noble said.
‘The legend shone, Jimmy Cliff was magnificent, Mama Africa Angelique Kidjo danced the house down, Mavis Staples and Charles Bradley showered us with Soul music.
‘It was just a magnificent festival. Special mention must go to Steve Smyth, an Australian artist who will be a household name soon.
‘On the last day we had a huge yoga session headed up by Michael Franti and Jay Bowman.’
Mr Noble said 2015 was a year for impromptu artist sit-ins (and he even joined Melbourne Ska Orchestra on stage).