News

Byron Bay's Bluesfest is the crossroads for music

BLUESFEST: Director Peter Noble (centre) with organisers of the Bluesfest busking competition Anita Colenbrander (left) and Melinda Moss.
BLUESFEST: Director Peter Noble (centre) with organisers of the Bluesfest busking competition Anita Colenbrander (left) and Melinda Moss. Christian Morrow

THE cross roads, according to music legend, is where you find the real blues experience and Byron Bay's Bluesfest is at its intersection.

All the bands that appear there are in the midst of their own global and local tours.

It's a major logistical and creative feat to get them all to appear at the same time for that magical five days over Easter.

Bluesfest artistic director Peter Noble is constantly bargaining with a myriad of artists across the globe, looking to conjure up the best line-up he can for any one year.

And these days it's not just about the Blues, as Noble has sought to broaden the long-term appeal of the festival across genres and across the generations.

"We take a risk to make sure that our festival can still be a torchbearer for the Blues," he said.

On the bill so far are the Black Keys, one of the biggest mainstream touring bands in the world, together with the Gypsy Kings, Rodrigo and Gabriela, the biggest flamenco acts in the world today.

For hardcore Blues aficionados, there are genuine legends John Mayall, Keb Mo and the Blasters.

"You can't say British Blues without saying John Mayall in the next sentence," he said.

"Mayall's 1960s band the Bluesbreakers was how many of us first absorbed the Blues."

It's always been about his love of music and Noble believes this is the reason for his longevity in the industry.

"Because it was always about the music it gave me the ability to get knocked down and then get up again," he said.

Developments at the Bluesfest site at Tyagarah have continued to grow, with space now for another 3000 people to camp there.

Their Koala Plan of Management has continued apace, with night vision camera monitoring the site to check on incursions by wild dogs.

Topics:  bluesfest, byron bay, peter noble


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Have you seen this man? Police need your help

Jesse Parker, 24, is wanted on two outstanding warrants.

Jesse Parker, 24, is wanted on two outstanding warrants

Byron Shire bridge will remain closed for up to a year

Council workers guard O'Meara's Bridge on Binna Burra Road after a weight limit was imposed on the bridge last year. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Bridge will remain closed to all motor vehicles

Richmond will go Green, says Brown

GRAVITAS: Greens founder Bob Brown has been touring the Federal seat of Richmond to try and help get the Greens candidate Dawn Walker over the line.

Greens elder statesman rocks up in Ballina to spruik the cause

Latest deals and offers

Byron band PLTS flying high as they land Splendour gig

BYRON Bay band PLTS has been selected by Triple J Unearthed to be part of this year’s Splendour in the Grass line up.

Have you seen this man? Police need your help

Jesse Parker, 24, is wanted on two outstanding warrants.

Jesse Parker, 24, is wanted on two outstanding warrants

Byron Shire bridge will remain closed for up to a year

Council workers guard O'Meara's Bridge on Binna Burra Road after a weight limit was imposed on the bridge last year. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Bridge will remain closed to all motor vehicles

Richmond will go Green, says Brown

GRAVITAS: Greens founder Bob Brown has been touring the Federal seat of Richmond to try and help get the Greens candidate Dawn Walker over the line.

Greens elder statesman rocks up in Ballina to spruik the cause

Theatre company seeking actor to play accused jihadist

David Hicks

Ever wanted to play the role of David Hicks?

Snow on the big screen in Byron

A still from Warren Miller's Chasing Shadows

Screening of Warren Miller’s latest ski and snowboard film today

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

F1 pit stop in 1.92 seconds

Williams team make 1.92 second pit stop.

Williams Formula 1 team change all four tyres in equal fastest time ever.

Commercial Property June 16 edition

SNAPPED UP: A sushi shop in a106sq mground-floor tenancy with a 43sq moutdoor area in Southport Central Towers on the Gold Coast has sold for $954,000.

RealCommercial edition June 16, 2016.

Iconic North Coast hotel could sell for $80 million

ON THE MARKET: The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay.

Million-dollar views, good income, beer - what more could you want?