byron bay blues festival

by vanessa satchwell

This year Byron Bay Blues Festival brought the goods once again, hauling together a crazy-good lineup of acts from the '70s and '80s who proved they were not past their use-by-dates. Last weekend was spent lapping up the sunshine, dancing in the dust, chowing down on yummy treats and taking one huge nostalgia trip through our vinyl collection.

Bringing back the disco fever into young and old legs alike, Earth, Wind and Fire were the standouts of the festival, wearing tight leather and fringed flares straight out of their heyday wardrobes. John Fogerty produced a ripple of goose-bumps through the audience, playing all the Creedence Clearwater Revival favourites for the first time in 40 years. My Morning Jacket left nothing to be desired with lead singer Jim James strangely donning a towel as a hat, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin paid a guest appearance on stage with Seasick Steve, and Crosby, Stills and Nash were exceptional, proving that even though they debuted at Woodstock back in '69, they haven't lost an ounce of their pizzazz.

Other amazing acts not to be sneezed at included Justin Townes Earle with his crooning army and Ziggy Marley paying tribute to his dad. Overall, the memory of Blues Fest has been engrained into our psyche, making us subconsciously singing "Boogie Wonderland" under our breath while box stepping down the hallway.

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