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BYRON BAY

Festival Review: Splendour in the Grass Day Two - North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay (27.07.13)

Heading through the Splendour gates for a stellar second day of music, I fought my way through the deep sinking mud, only slightly dried out from the churning it received the day before, and the array of floral headbands to end up at Palma Violets taking second slot for the day in the Supertop on their first trip Down Under.

Festival Review: Splendour in the Grass Day One - North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay (26.07.13)

The sun was out as more than 17,500 punters descended on North Byron Parklands, the permanent Splendour in the Grass site for the first time, for a day headlined by past festival favourites Mumford and Sons. Situated about 20 minutes north of Byron Bay, this is the site the Splendour organisers bought to be the event's home quite a few years ago, though has been caught in council approval hell ever since. This resulted in two glorious years in Woodford and a brief return to Belongil Fields down the road last year. But, much like Bluesfest before it, we now have the chance to get used to a brand new site, which will no doubt grow and develop in the years to come; as it will do by pure capacity alone. As part of the deal with council, the festival is starting off with a reduced capacity this year, and will add more patrons gradually (by the thousands) in the years to come, with 25,000 being the reported capacity that will be allowed in 2014. We'll even be seeing a series of other events on the site, such as the recently announced Byron Falls Festival over New Years.

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day Five - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (01.04.13)

And just like that we'd once again come to the end of the Byron Bay Bluesfest. As the event's fifth day, it's fair to say that by now we were both exhausted and used to the exciting lifestyle that the festival offers. It's never an easy event to say goodbye to, especially after a year that housed one of its best lineups ever, and was without a doubt the best Bluesfest we've ever attended. Although my sore, sore feet beg to differ.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 5 Part 2 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (01.04.13)

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 closes out Day 5 with another stellar lineup that includes Ben Howard, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Bonnie Raitt (pictured above), The Music Maker Blues Revue, Xavier Rudd, Paul Simon, The Lumineers, Melbourne Ska Orchestra and The Bamboos.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day 5 Part 1 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (01.04.13)

The final day of Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 starts with Kim Churchill, Newton Faulkner, Current Swell, Allen Stone, Kitty Daisy & Lewis (pictured above) and Zac Brown Band. Photos by Johnny Au

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day Four - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (31.03.13)

Day Four of Bluesfest, on Easter Sunday, kicked off with a bang with an explosive performance by Mason Rock Band as they delivered raucous Aussie blues rock. Featuring an intense mix of percussion, double bass, guitars and boisterous vocals, the band played to a packed out tent filled with enthusiastic listeners. Bringing out a whole lot of cheek, these guys put on a stomping, all Aussie show.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day 4 Part 2 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (31.03.13)

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 4 photo gallery continues with acts such as Bettye Lavette, Rufus Wainwright, The Lumineers, Fat Freddy's Drop and The Cat Empire (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day 4 Part 1 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (31.03.13)

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 4 photo gallery starts off with artists such as Grey Ghost, Allen Toussaint, Saskwatch, Jon Anderson and Roger Hodgson (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day Three - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (02.04.13)

The third day of the festival was full of a pile of treats, and one of the biggest names in the history of music headlining the day - the one and only Robert Plant (pictured - photo by Johnny Au). The high energy reggae grooves of Soja - one of the biggest bands of the genre from the USA - were playing as we entered the venue, with "Not Done Yet" proving a highlight.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 3 Part 2 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (30.03.13)

The AU Review's photo coverage of Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 continues with performances by Playing For Change, Status Quo, Beasts Of Bourbon, Ruthie Foster, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Dropkick Murphys, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters (pictured above) and Iggy & The Stooges. Photos by Johnny Au.

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day Two - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (29.03.13)

Following up on what was a huge opening night for Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, Day Two’s program offered another fantastic line-up. Jumping between a variety of folk, blues, rock and soul acts whilst trying to avoid the downpours of rain across the night, Thursday was certainly an eventful day for the festival. From quality local acts including the lovely Skipping Girl Vinegar to special international Bluesfest regulars such as Ben Harper, the program presented us with endless opportunities to enjoy a superb array of musicians.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 3 Part 1 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (30.03.13)

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 3 photo gallery includes artists such as Leah Flanagan, Lil Fi & The Dirty Rascals, Soja, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (pictured above), Thelma Plum, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Mark Seymour & The Undertow and Wilco. Photos by Johnny Au.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 2 Part 2 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (29.03.13)

Part 2 of Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 2 photo gallery continues with Shuggie Otis, The Snowdroppers, Santana (pictured above), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Manu Chao La Ventura. Photos by Johnny Au

Robert Plant and Iggy Pop give Bluesfest in Byron Bay a Whole Lotta Love; closing out its third day.

Showing that the older rockers still have what it takes to pull a crowd (not to mention put on a show), Iggy and the Stooges and Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters played a string of their greatest hits - alongside some newer material - as they fought for the sold out Bluesfest crowd's attention as they closed out the festival's two biggest stages on the festival's third night; now in its 24th year.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 2 Part 1 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (29.03.13)

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 continues on Good Friday with an eclectic lineup that includes Wards Xpress, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Taj Mahal Trio, Jake Shimabukuro, Glen Hansard & The Frames (pictured), Shawn Colvin, Jimmy Cliff and Joan Armatrading. Pictures by Johnny Au