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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.

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.

Festival Review: Byron Bluesfest (Day Three) - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (19.04.14)

Day Three. The halfway point. A chicken wrap and a chorizo stick down and I’m ready to go again, dropping by the Crossroads stage, where Lime Cordiale are already in the midst of their Saturday Bluesfest set. The Sydneysiders, who I’d last seen play in Austin, have only gotten better over the last few years and seeing them on a stage this big was a great way to open the day.

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.

Photo Gallery: Devendra Banhart - The Factory Theatre, Sydney (16.04.14)

Devendra Banhart performed his Sydney Bluesfest sideshow at The Factory Theatre and Belinda Dipalo was there to take these photos.

Yon Yonson and Mouth Tooth announced as support for Devendra Banhart tour

Devendra Banhart will be landing in Australian in just a few weeks for two special headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. And now, It has now been announced that Yon Yonson and Mouth Tooth will be special guests at these shows.

Devendra Banhart set for Melbourne and Sydney Bluesfest sideshows!

In another announcement from a Bluesfest-bound artist, the stunning performer that is Devendra Banhart will be performing two special headline dates when he is in the country next April. The shows, held in Melbourne and Sydney, will be the only chance fans will have to see Banhart showcase his new material from Mala, as well as the songs he's become known for on a live stage.

Feature: Top 10 Songs from the First Bluesfest Artist Announcement.

In the lead up to the 2014 Bluesfest, we've been throwing ideas back and forth about who's still to be added to the line up and the already impressive spread we know we can be looking forward to. I dug into my own collection of tunes and picked out 10 of the best songs from 10 of the artists featured on the first lineup announcement.

John Mayer and the Dave Matthews Band lead first Bluesfest announcement!

It's that time of year again! The first artist announcement for the annual Bluesfest has been announced, with John Mayer,the Dave Matthews Band and more to head to Byron next year. Held over the Easter long weekend at the sublime venue that is the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, Bluesfest celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014 and, by the looks of this line up, we're in for a mighty celebration indeed.

SXSW 2013 Live Review: Iron and Wine + Devendra Banhart + The Milk Carton Kids + WALL. - Central Presbyterian Church (16.03.13)

With Prince a no go, Justin Timberlake a pipe dream and an overload of fantastic rock and roll making up the vast majority of my SXSW Music experience (and how!), it wasn't the obvious choice to go see The Smashing Pumpkins, either. I also wasn't overly willing to stand through a pile of pop acts at the Perez Hilton party just to catch Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. So, I went for something a bit more relaxed. A chance to sit down after a week of dancing, moshing, and an overall nine day experience that made me want to cut off my sore, sore feet. Yes ladies and gentleman, on the night that everyone who was anyone was performing in the city of Austin, I went to Church.

Album Review: Devendra Banhart – Mala (2013 LP)

Venezuelan American singer songwriter Devendra Banhart is in the midst of releasing his eighth studio album Mala. Banhart is most notable for gaining mainstream attention by dating A-list actor Natalie Portman, but I can assure you that he doesn't need to date a famous leading lady to gain attention for his musical talent, he did that on his own.

Devendra Banhart & The Grogs + Husky - Metro Theatre (27.07.11)

It was my first time stumbling across Devendra Banhart at last year’s Big Day Out; I went along to his set because of a friend’s suggestion. As soon as the man started strumming away at his guitar I was mesmerised; as soon as he opened his mouth, I felt a deep attraction to his music - a bohemian Jeff Buckley perhaps. Whatever comparison I could think of, none would do justice to how amazing that set was.

Devendra Banhart announces headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney

The Frontier Touring Company are pleased to announce singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart will perform headline shows at Sydney’s Metro Theatre and Melbourne’s Prince bandroom this July.