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Festival Review: Byron Bluesfest (Day Five) - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (21.04.14)

The final day of the Byron Bluesfest was mainly about revisiting some favourites from the weekend, for me. I suppose you could question whether five days for a festival may be too long, when by the end of it, the line up consists of acts that have already played, but with the amount of new talent on offer in amongst the big names, I suppose this model ensures everyone gets a fair shot of gaining and growing a crowd.

Byron Bay Bluesfest Photo Gallery: Dave Matthews Band - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (21.04.14)

Dave Matthews Band closed up their Australian tour, as well as the Bluesfest in Byron Bay, with their performance last night that included fan favourites like "Crush", "#41", "Rapunzel", "Granny", "Gravedigger", "Two Step" and "Crash Into Me". Johnny Au brings us photos from the incredible two-plus-hour set that brought the five day festival to a close:

Elvis Costello and the Imposters, the Dave Matthews Band and Gary Clark Jr help draw Bluesfest to a close!

Tonight, the 2014 Byron Bluesfest drew to a close, bringing five days and nights of world class music to an end with the final headline duties falling on the capable shoulders of the Dave Matthews Band, Gary Clark Jr and Elvis Costello and the Imposters on the main stages, while Watussi, Ray Beadle and Playing For Change ensured the party continued on the smaller stages too.

Guest appearances, birthday celebrations and Erykah Badu come to Byron for Bluesfest Day Four!

With the final day and night of the Byron Bluesfest around the corner, the Sunday program continue to bring the goods. Bluesfest’s 25th anniversary was celebrated with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to Peter Noble by the public and Playing For Change, who had previously wound up their Mojo Stage set.

Byron Bay Bluesfest Photo Gallery: Dave Matthews Band - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (19.04.14)

Dave Matthews Band returns to Byron Bay Bluesfest and headlines Day 3 of the festival. An incredible set left many to wonder if that was the best show Dave Matthews Band has ever performed in Australia. Photos by Johnny Au.

Byron Bluesfest brings the big guns in Jeff Beck and the Dave Matthews Band for third day of music!

The surprises kept on coming for the 25th anniversary of the annual Byron Bluesfest tonight, with guest appearances, surprise busking sets and more carrying on throughout the day.

Live Review: Dave Matthews Band + Gary Clark Jr - QANTAS Credit Union Arena (15.04.14)

Those who have read my article earlier in the week will already know that I'm a fan of the Dave Matthews Band. They're a band I've grown up with in many ways, and between 2005 and 2007 I had the opportunity to catch them three times between Australia and the USA. What followed was what some might call a drought of opportunity; a drought that ended tonight with the band's first performance in Sydney in seven years.

Photo Gallery: Dave Matthews Band + Gary Clark Jr - QANTAS Credit Union Arena (15.04.14)

An amazing night of world class music with Dave Matthews Band and supported by Gary Clark Jr at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney. Photos by Johnny Au.

Why are the Dave Matthews Band one of the biggest bands in the USA and why should you care?

Whenever a Dave Matthews Band tour is announced in Australia - which has only been three times now in the band's illustrious 23 year career - it's often met with moments of confusion. A "why should we care?" sort of response is vocalised, especially when the tour coincides with a headline spot on a festival like Bluesfest. "But they're not even popular in Australia, are they!?" Well, on record, they've never been particularly successful in Australia. And even the band admits that 2001's Everyday wasn't their best effort. But those "in the know" usually reply: "if you saw them live, you'd get it..." and they'd be right.

Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson and more added to Byron Bay Bluesfest lineup; festival in just four weeks!

Byron Bay’s Bluesfest has expanded its lineup just four weeks out from the event. Joining the 25th year celebrations will be US supergroup Coronet Blues, husband and wife duo The Mastersons, guitarist Zane Carney and an array of Australian talent including Troy Cassar-Daley, Round Mountain Girls, Phil Manning and iconic country singer John Williamson.