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BYRON BAY

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day One - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (28.03.13)

Arriving a couple of hours after the music had kicked off (as it seems to be customary for our annual Bluesfest experience here at the AU), Counting Crows (pictured above) kicked things off for our 2013 Bluesfest experience in the beautiful surrounds of the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, now in its 24th year.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Day 1 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (28.03.13)

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 kicked off in style with a great first night lineup which included Counting Crows, The Robert Cray Band, Rodriguez, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite and Chris Isaak (pictured).
Photos by Johnny Au

Feature: Splendour 2013 speculation - who will or won't perform?

Will they or won’t they? While we will never be sure who is playing a festival until the promoters actually release a line-up, it’s always fun to speculate and throw around any rumours that come up. The next big festival yet to announce their line-up is Splendour In The Grass. With the line-ups for Primavera, Summersonic and Coachella festivals already out there, it’s time to salivate over who will may (or have already actually confirmed) continue down here fore Australia’s premier winter festival.

Live Review: Splendour In The Grass Day Three (29.07.12)

The Smashing Pumpkins

Sunday is an odd day for Splendour; given the hectic run-about the first two days gave us, Sunday is a slow burn, and combining that with the tiredness accumulated just means it’s a goddamn slog, and being honest, most of the day is a big blur.

Live Review: Splendour In The Grass Day 2 (28.07.12)

Splendour In The Grass got off to a super muddy start for the second day, but this time, I was ready; prepared with some brand new boots after the Vans I had on the Friday were sacrificed to the vengeful festival god. It made walking into the Supertop to catch the breezy-indie pop stylings of Last Dinosaurs (pictured) easy, and it’s hard to think of a better soundtrack to wade through mud to than their whacked out cover of Modjo’s “Lady”.

Live Review: Triple J Pre Splendour Party - Hotel Great Northern (26.07.12)


Photo from triple j website

Triple J rewarded dedicated costume-wearing festival-goers by hosting a pre-party at The Great Northern in Byron Bay.

Live Review: Splendour In The Grass Day 1 - Belongil Fields (27.07.12)

Another year, another Splendour in the Grass - though this year we seem to have gone back in time, with the festival returning to its Byron Bay home for the first time since 2009. This brief trip down memory lane will forever be remembered as a muddy affair, with today's 30 minute downpour - hail, brimstone and all - destroying the festival site and making those who brought gumboots truly thankful - none more so than the ones selling them on site for $50+ a pop!

Festival Lifestyle: The Food Stalls of Byron Bay's Bluesfest

When you head to a camping festival like Byron Bay's annual Bluesfest, you're going to be immersing yourself in more than just music. At this five day festival there is of course plenty of drinking to be done, shopping, some arts and crafts, busking and activities for the kids...