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.

ELECTION 2016: Richmond candidates address affordable housing and negative gearing.

AFFORDABLE: Are places like the Kollective in Sunrise the answer for affordable medium density housing.

Will negative gearing changes produce more affordable housing

Build a fence around Byron and charge admission, says mayor

It might be the only way this tourist town can get grant funding

Is it ice cream? Is it poo? It’s Splendour art

In 2015 we learned that the infamous 'poo emoji' is actually an image of ice cream, so Mr Poopie will be a fitting Splendour homage to such a first world problem.

A fitting homage to the king of emojis

Latest deals and offers

Take a look at the draft plan for Byron’s coast

THE Draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Byron Bay Embayment is on public exhibition until Tuesday June 14.

ELECTION 2016: Richmond candidates address affordable housing and negative gearing.

AFFORDABLE: Are places like the Kollective in Sunrise the answer for affordable medium density housing.

Will negative gearing changes produce more affordable housing

Build a fence around Byron and charge admission, says mayor

It might be the only way this tourist town can get grant funding

Is it ice cream? Is it poo? It’s Splendour art

In 2015 we learned that the infamous 'poo emoji' is actually an image of ice cream, so Mr Poopie will be a fitting Splendour homage to such a first world problem.

A fitting homage to the king of emojis

LETTER: Gold Coastification of Byron Bay

ROCKING BELONGIL: Members of Byron Residents Group, Andrew Murray, Kate Coorey and Dialan Pugh at last year’s Save Our Beaches rally. Photo: Lyn McCarthy

Local community group urges locals to act over Byron development.

Searching for meaning in Byron Bay with Hugh Mackay

BYRON WRITERS FESTIVAL: Author and social researcher Hugh Mackay

Social researcher Hugh Mackay will talk next Wednesday in Byron.

Failed funding bid won’t stop the show at NORPA

HIT: NORPA's 2015 production of Railway Wonderland.

No NORPA shows affected after funding rejected by Australia Council.

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest