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Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day Five ft. Zappa Plays Zappa + Dawes and more – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (09.04.12)

The gumboots have stayed in backs of cars across Tyagarah. This has definitely been a Bluesfest to remember!

Although over the past four days we’ve talked a lot about the crowd getting moving to the incredible Bluesfest artists’ beats, Day 5 felt a lot more introspective. As storytellers and image-weavers dominated our discoveries, there was a line drawn in bold between us and the musical past.

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day Four ft. John Butler Trio + Blue King Brown and more - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (08.04.12)

Our Day 4 began with Mama Kin, whose set mixed sassy keyboard progressions with big soul vocals and the odd ballad thrown in. Her inter-song stand-up routine engaged her very relaxed audience, as did an awkward-looking but gutsy-sounding drum solo.

Live Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2012 Day 2 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (06.04.12)

More belated summer weather brought Byron Bay to life for the second day of Bluesfest, and you couldn’t help being drawn to the sunshine vibes of Queensland’s Bobby Alu, especially as his trademark percussion breaks lured more hip-shakers to the dancefloor.

My Morning Jacket, Lucinda Williams and Cold Chisel kick off a massive Bluesfest Byron Bay 2012.

With the sun shining and the crowd numbers strong (though a decline from the heavyweights that comprised the 2011 lineup, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Grace Jones et al), Bluesfest reminded the crowd what it's all about: the music, the good vibes and the experience.