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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.

Monday’s program saw some international visitors play their second sets for the weekend; Joss Stone, Devendra Banhart and India.arie proving to pull strong crowds throughout the afternoon in particular. A dose of disco was injected into the Crossroads Stage as the sun set, with KC & The Sunshine Band delivering a set full of classic hits that had the loopy punters losing all inhibitions in favour of getting funky with their fellow Bluesfest-goer.

Though the ATMs went down early in the afternoon, they were back in operation by about 6:30pm, much to the obvious delight of the public, many of who would have faced a poor final night at Bluesfest otherwise. As the temperature dropped slightly in the evening, Mojo heated up as Michael Franti - celebrating his birthday tonight – and Spearhead had the 6:30pm crowd up and dancing as far as the seated area outside the main tent area. Between this set and those of Jack Johnson and the John Butler Trio on previous nights, the Franti crowd was possibly one of the liveliest seen at the Mojo Stage, both in enthusiasm and in number.

20 year old Nottingham native Jake Bugg was welcomed at the Crossroads Stage warmly, having arrived in Byron from Sydney, where he performed a stellar sideshow at the Enmore on Sunday night. With more music in his arsenal this tour than he did on his debut run of Australian shows back in mid-2013, Bugg was able to play around with the set more and demonstrated a keen sense of captivating a crowd without needing to be constantly interacting directly with them.

Making their first and only appearance at Bluesfest this year, Elvis Costello and the Imposters performed a tight set fitting of a live band of their reputation. The crowd may have been smaller in comparison to say, that of the Dave Matthews Band, tonight, yet there was definitely a following for their music in attendance and it was made known. Performing their second of two Bluesfest exclusive performances, the Dave Matthews Band once again brought their A-game in rolling out a stomper set of music for the dedicated fans who were either seeing them for the first time this weekend, or rocking up for another 150 minute set.

Though there were some traffic issues through the weekend, Byron Bay switched it on for Bluesfest this year, providing excellent weather conditions for some of not only our best, but some of the world’s best players to come and perform for another year.

Stay tuned to the AU for more coverage from a weekend to remember at Byron Bay!