FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD ATTEND BLUESFEST BYRON BAY
Michelle Zhu | On 03, Feb 2016
Australia is always generous with its music festivals, blessing us with plenty of options to choose from to quench our needs for the euphoria of live music. Bluesfest at Byron Bay is one of the most anticipated events of the season, and here’s five reasons why you should not miss it this year:
- ROAD TRIP! As if you needed an excuse to go to Byron Bay and bask in the chilled and uniquely Byron atmosphere. Weâ€™re familiar that Byron Bay is a musical hub for festival lovers to migrate and flock to, with its gluten-free brownies, organic smoothies, Chris Hemsworth and its beautiful sprawling beaches. We are well acquainted with these road trips for which we have enjoyed on the way to Splendour in the Grass, Falls Music Festival, and of course BluesFest. Make a mixtape or curate a playlist, or utilise a ready-made playlist on Spotify. While listening to this playlist, you will be struck with a million different moods and emotions, because thatâ€™s what the range of artists ensures to explore. But one feeling that can be guaranteed is the fidgety ecstatic bubble of excitement as you arrive at Byron Bay, filled with uncertain expectations except that youâ€™re sure to have a good time.
- THE ULTIMATE MUSIC FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE. You know that feeling you get that you canâ€™t quite articulate? The one that leaves you missing everything about the enriching festival experience, that makes you feel like youâ€™ve grown alongside the people you love? Now imagine that feeling over the span of not three, not four, but five glorious days during the start of Australian autumn, where the Sun is still blazing but the breeze is light in the air. The home of BluesFest is the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, a beautiful and widespread serene location with plenty of room to stroll and indulge in the sonic fusions coming from every direction. It would not be a complete festival experience without the luxuries of camping, and by luxuries we mean the antithesis of a glamorous lifestyle, which ultimately brings us back to our own roots and allows us to, for a few days, forget about corporate vanity and get a little dirty. The best part is that everybody will be in the same boat, free of judgement and full of love.
- PETER NOBLE IS A LIVING LEGEND. Festival organiser Peter NobleÂ has been part of the hustle for decades, and we think it is only right to put our fate of music enjoyment in his hands. He refuses to neglect the roots of music, and has recruited a cast of ridiculously talented and influential leaders within the music industry, who have carved the way for everything we listen to today. There were mixed reactions at the addition of Kendrick Lamar to the lineup, claiming that he was primarily a hip hop artist and not a blues artist, which Dallas Green of City and Colour promptly disagreed with. Noble understands how deeply the roots of blues music is embedded in the soil of music history and wishes to share it with everybody who loves the way blues has touched the world. From The National to Dâ€™Angelo to Nahko and Medicine for the People, although they may not sound like conventional or traditional blues, they are all living and breathing illustrations of how blues has shaped music and has been re-interpreted and re-instated over generations of music and art making. If Noble believes in these artists, you should too. In Noble we trust.
- IT DONâ€™T MATTER WHO YOU ARE. This festival is for everybody. And we mean everybody. It does not matter what age, race, orientation, religion you embody because you physicality comes second to your musical sensibility. Everybody at the festival will be seeking something, whether it is the serenading vocals of Don McLean, or the nostalgic and tropical harmonies of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Perhaps you will be in the mood for the grandeur and theatricalities of The Cat Empire, or the solemn love songs of The National. Perhaps you wish to be romanced by Kamasi Washingtonâ€™s love affair with his saxophone or seduced by Dâ€™Angeloâ€™s heavenly falsetto. Maybe you want to groove along with Hiatus Kaiyote or feel like a rockstar with Tom Jones or travel back in time with Taj Mahal. Whatever it is, BluesFest is blessing anybody and everybody with whatever they wish to seek.
- KENDRICK LAMAR. We could talk about the amount of Grammies he has been nominated for and won. We could talk about To Pimp a Butterfly and its definite positioning as one of the best albums of all time. We could talk about how Dallas Green was completely right in calling him a blues artist. Or we could just leave his name here and know that you know exactly what we mean. Kendrick Lamar. Thatâ€™s all we need to say.
Image credits: BluesFest Facebook page.