Peter Noble, organiser of the Blues and Roots Festival, says change is afoot for the event.
Peter Noble, organiser of the Blues and Roots Festival, says change is afoot for the event.

Bluesfest ready to leave behind its teenage years

By Jamie Brown BYRON'S Bluesfest has come a long way since it grew out of the Piggery and moved to the Red Devils' home ground. And the man behind the main event, Peter Noble, says it has a long way to go before it does its dash. But whether it will always be a fully blues-orientated event is a moot point, says the talented and worldly promoter. "Like any event you need to crawl before you can walk and then you need to develop your faculties," the self-confessed 'aging hippy' noted. "The Byron Bluesfest is almost out of its teenage years now and we still have a long way to grow." But a straight diet of blues is a bit like bacon and eggs for breakfast every day. "I like bacon and eggs, but not all the time. After a while I want muesli," Mr Noble mused. "There is a world of music out there, a world of quality music. And the right music makes a better world." This is where Peter Noble's Bluesfest is headed, along with his related blues fests in Fremantle, Point Nepean, Durban and Singapore: They are about people with a message who play music at the highest level. "Blues is a part of this, but it is not everything," he says. " I am not going to be kept in a 'blues' pigeon hole."

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