From the music to the people to the camping - how did the Deni Blues and Roots Festival go? After 5 days of travelling, Lachlan Mitchell brings us the review and his photos.
The great Jimi Hendrix was once quoted saying “heaven is lying at Buddy Guy's feet while he plays the guitar,”; seeing the Rock & Roll legend live reminds you that this is no overstatement. At the ripe age of 77 George “Buddy” Guy is as a nimble as they come; gliding over the guitar like the seasoned veteran he is and using it to lead one very electrifying performance.
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.
Yet another British singer-songwriter whose popularity seems to be growing exponentially, the sold out Enmore Theatre crowd consisted of about 90% British attendees. That would probably explain why this show was sold out, as I don’t think Jake Bugg is as well-known amongst Australian fans that would warrant such a packed room. Regardless those in the crowd were definitely eager to see him perform.
A slow start for many today, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm seemed to be easing in to Sunday at Bluesfest - snoozily/slowly working through hangovers from Saturday night, it was an easy guess that there may not be as many in attendance today as there had been over the past few days. It was of no matter to me however, as I scored myself a spot on the lawn at Crossroads for C.W Stoneking to kick off my music schedule for the day.
From Gary Clark Jr to The Wailers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Byron Bay isn't the only place to see the legends and finest up-and-coming artists this weekend. The Deni Blues and Roots Festival is happening in Deniliquin, NSW, near the Victorian Border. Our writer Lachlan Mitchell is there and brings us these five highlights from his first day:
A year is a long time to wait in the music industry; like the interminable wait for morning as Christmas Eve slowly ticks by. So there were plenty of people in attendance at Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar keen to finally see local artist Eleanor Dunlop launch her new self-titled EP, having waited a year since its recording, not least Dunlop herself.
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.
From Grace Potter to Dr. John and Elvis Costello, Byron Bay isn't the only place to see the legends and finest up-and-coming artists this weekend. The Deni Blues and Roots Festival is happening in Deniliquin, NSW, near the Victorian Border. Our writer Lachlan Mitchell is there and brings us these five highlights from his first day:
Jake Bugg drew an impressive crowd for his first of two weeknight shows on his second visit to Australia. Frequently labelled as the next Bob Dylan, Bugg has quickly harnessed a cult following for his music that fuses folk with modern rock influences, recently earning him a Brit Award nomination for Best Male Solo Artist.
Sydney’s Bluejuice are a truly unparalleled outfit: they’ve created a unique style of music, and completely owned it. Even in a relatively unconventional venue, The Star’s Rock Lily, Bluejuice brought the party to Good Friday Eve with their enthusiasm and extreme talent.
Morcheeba are one of those bands who claimed their success in the 90's, making a name for themselves all over Europe. Most folk would remember them from their hit single 'Rome Wasn't Built in a Day' which albeit a sweet tune, does not holistically represent their fusion sound. Blending elements of trip-hop, rock and electronica amongst other things, vocalist Skye Edwards and brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey pulled off a chilled eclectic set to ring in the long weekend, supported by Chali 2na, member of hip hop groups Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli.
When faced with a festival that spans five days, it can be slightly daunting when it comes to planning your timetable for each day. Day two of Bluesfest coincides with Good Friday and arriving on site for my second round, there’s definitely a festive vibe in the air, albeit less chocolate.
Often labelled the 'Queen of Neo-Soul,' the incomparable Erykah Badu stands as a true luminary in the realms of hip-hop, R&B, soul, funk AND jazz. Her impact upon contemporary music is unquestionable to those who have explored her exceptional body of work, and she continues to demonstrate just why she is a muse to many around the world, from rappers like OutKast's Andre 3000 to designer brand Givenchy.
The Byron Bay Bluesfest has many things to be celebrating in 2014. Not only has it brought thousands once again to the gorgeous surrounds of the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm for a long weekend of stellar Australian and international music, but it’s also celebrating its 25th anniversary. This evening’s opening bill of bands provided the perfect ‘welcome back’ soundtrack to those who make the pilgrimage to Bluesfest annually, but also a perfect introduction to the festival for those visiting for the first time.