From Bluesfest to Bentley: Songs back protest

STANDING TOGETHER: Nahko and Medicine For the People perform at the Bentley protest site in Lismore yesterday.
STANDING TOGETHER: Nahko and Medicine For the People perform at the Bentley protest site in Lismore yesterday. Doug Eaton

"THERE are things in this life I would rather not sacrifice."

Those are the lyrics of the John Butler Trio song Losing You which was blasted across the Bentley gas field protest site yesterday as several prominent Bluesfest artists gave an impromptu performance in a show of support.

They included the John Butler Trio as the opening act, followed by a quick performance from international band Nahko and Medicine for the People and Nicky Bomba.

Between 200 and 300 people turned out to see the surprise show.

For John Butler, performing at the Bentley blockade was nothing new.

"I've been coming to frontline blockades for 20 years," he said. "I think it's awesome.

"This is the same thing we did in the Kimberley and we stopped the world's largest gas pipe from getting built and that was just a few months ago.

"We stopped the South Coast forest from being logged 20 years ago and this is how you do it.

"As long as this community's strong and has its roots firmly in the ground they can't stop us."

Danielle Caruana joined her husband, John Butler, on the Bentley stage.

She said what was happening on the Northern Rivers was being watched by people all over the world.

"The ripples are being felt very very far away," she said.

Ms Caruana performed "Losing You" with her husband, a song she said was appropriate for the Bentley blockade.

"We feel like it applies to country because the love we share for the country that binds us is as deep as the love we have for our children, friends and partners," she said.

Topics:  bentley blockade bluesfest 2014

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