So another Bluesfest has come and gone and what a festival it was.
Held over the Easter long weekend in a beautiful part of the world – just outside of Byron Bay, the sun came out and provided perfect conditions in which to see some of the world’s finest musicians.
Highlights were of course Santana. His drummer (and wife) was mesmerising and hard not to watch. Cindy Blackman is a force to be reckoned with in her own right and stole the show. A true power house.
Buddy Guy and his band was another highlight. His shredding skills were a joy to watch, not to mention his stage presence. No wonder this guy is a living legend.
Other festival gems were Patti Smith, Mary J Blige, The Suffers, Snarky Puppy, Devon Allman Band, Remi, Nas and The Soul Rebels, Gallant, Vintage Trouble, Melody Angel, Irish Mythen and Michael Kiwanuka.
Irish Mythen once again broke hearts with her beautiful and heart felt lyrics. Not sure what it is about this woman, but she brings people to tears with her passionate performances every time. A rare artist indeed.
Another artist that caused goose bumps was Melody Angel. An emerging talent – this lady can play a guitar like dare we say it – Jimmy Hendricks, and belts out her vocals with a force and depth that captivates. Watch this space…
Courtney Barnett and her band killed it. It’s always a proud moment to see homegrown (female) talent hold their own and kick it amongst such world class legends.
Nikki Hill smashed her shows out of the park with both sass and class. Powerful vocals with all the moves to match.
Roy Ayers provided smooth grooves which had the crowd shaking their hips along to his iconic and timeless tunes – “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” being one of these all-time bangers.
And finally – Michael Kiwanuka was a new discovery. Such a talent. Again – watch this space!
There were countless other acts that we missed – due to scheduling – but we’re pretty certain that every act delivered a show to remember.
Aside from the music – The Levi’s® Shop along with our Master Tailor was on hand – elbows deep in sewing vintage patches onto trucker jackets and other Levi’s® product for the festival crowd.
The Levi’s® Tailor Shop proved to be a hub of activity with festival goers playing giant Jenga and Connect Four – slouched deep into comfy denim beanbags and whiling the afternoon away. It was also a great place to be for spotting the numerous artists from the lineup who made their way out to see us to and get their own Levi’s® kit customised.
If you haven’t yet been to Bluesfest in Byron Bay – be sure to add it to your bucket list for 2018.
For all festival information head to www.bluesfest.com.au
Photos: Kane Skennar