Biggest names in world music at Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thousands of Sydneysiders will jump in cars -- others will stick out their thumbs on the side of the Pacific Highway -- for the annual Byron Bay Bluesfest.
This year, the journey to the unofficial capital of leftism, meditation and ganja is worth it.
Starting Thursday, April 21, and finishing Tuesday, April 26, this extra long, long weekend boasts some of the biggest names in world music.
Before we go too much further, let’s get this out of the away: tickets are mainly sold out. Unless you know someone or are one of those troopers who manages to sneak into every festival on the east coast, you can only show up for the last day of the gig and -- at a cost of $159.
That night, the main Mojo Stage will be closed out by Paul Kelly, Gurrumul and Bob Dylan.
The Crossroads has Crowded House’s Tim Finn, Elvis Costello and the Imposters and Grace Jones.
Throw in almost 20,000 hedonists floating around Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just 11 kilometers north of Byron Bay – and you’ve got yourself a festival.
Crikey, there’s even real life koala bears living in their natural environment to give it a local flavor.
So it could be worth the trek. But before you get too jealous of everyone that will actually be there – there’s more.
B.B. King, Ben Harper, Nat Cole, ZZ Top and Cat Empire.
It’s probably the best festival in the land –- it was a finalist in the “best festival in the world” in 2005 and 2006 (won by Glastonbury both times).
But for blues, it’s hard to beat.
Its also won awards for being the greenest festival. Festival Director Peter Noble said, “Bluesfest is a peaceful gathering of people from around the world. A marriage of diverse cultures, religions and beliefs is the unifying factor of the positive nature in the artists that I book.”
“It’s about bringing everyone together,” Noble said.
Sounds like a deal. Anyone up for a hitch and a fence jump?