Well, Bluesfest’s 2019 30th anniversary has come end and what an amazing five days of live music it was, with over 105,00 punters music from 88 artists, 150 plus performances across five stages with artist of the calibre of Iggy Pop, Jack White with his band the Saboteurs, Norah Jones, Hozier, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson plus so many more gracing Bluesfest’s stages over the five days.
Whilst it’s always great to catch the headliners on the main stages, the smaller Delta and Juke joint stages are where the real Bluesfest magic happens every year, where you can discover some amazing artists you may have never heard or seen live before. Some of the real standouts for us this year on these stages was the return of the amazing Melody Angel who blew our mind back in 2017, and playing the festival for the first time, the incredible Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf and Larkin Poe who was sensational, plus so many more.
As always, the Boomerang Festival precinct was the heart and soul of Bluesfest and home to dozens of inspiring performances from artists including Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project, Dallas Woods, Benny Walker and many others. Not forgetting Baker Boy who drew crowds in their thousands to his performance on Friday afternoon. It ended on Sunday afternoon with a powerful Closing Ceremony with artists from across the festival coming together to perform dances, chants and traditional calls form the nations represented to celebrate the beauty and sacred power of First Nations people from Australia and across the world. Festival Director, Rhoda Roberts said “Boomerang had a spirit this year that resonated across the Bluesfest site, from the eclectic line up of First Nations music to the dance, story and workshops. There truly was something for everyone”.
The Busking Competition was won by Gold Coast’s Electrik Lemonade. The merry band of funklords play a repertoire of Funk, Hip-Hop, Blues, Soul and Dance music, we’re stoked to see what they go on to do in the future. The annual Cystic Fibrosis guitar raffle raised over $60,000 on site with winners of the signed guitars being announced from the stage on Monday night.
Bluesfest is truly Australia’s premier music festival, what makes it such a unique experience is that it is multi-generational with an eclectic mix of genres and artists, which creates a vibe that is pure heaven on earth for all fans of live music. If you haven’t experienced Bluesfest yet, just do it!
Tickets for Bluesfest 2020 are available online to 2019 ticketholders only from $430 for a five-day ticket. Tickets will be available to the general public from 29 April 2019.
For more information check out bluesfest.com.au
OUR BLUESFEST 2019 GALLERY: