Everyone shares in the musical pie
By RACHEL AFFLICK
SO many people sang along to American Pie when Don McLean performed on Friday night that you could hear it all over the festival.
When the icon of American music sang his famous 1971 song many people came away saying it was one of the highlights of the Bluesfest.
On Saturday John Butler drew one of the biggest crowds with a solo set that demonstrated his impressive guitar skills.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble said the success of the festival at its new Belongil Fields location was beyond his 'wildest dreams'.
"We've been getting 1000 people coming up daily and getting a ticket," he said.
One guest making an appearance at the festival was actress Nicole Kidman, who flew into Byron Bay on Thursday to watch her husband, Keith Urban, perform.
"Nicole Kidman felt very free to walk around and although people got shots of her she was not harassed," Mr Noble said.
"From what I saw briefly they arrived, they hung out and they looked like they were having a good time."
It was one of the driest Bluesfest weekends so far, with people swapping their gumboots and rain ponchos for hats and sunscreen.
Byron Bay Police Inspector Greg Jago said the crowd had been extremely well behaved, and just a handful had been caught fence jumping.
He said noise complaints were also minimal. "We believe a number of people are staying onsite compared to previous years so town has been very quiet," he said.
St John Ambulance controller Fay Gleave said since the beginning of the festival more than 380 people had received medical assistance, but in most cases it was for minor ailments such as stubbed toes and headaches.
A couple of people had to be treated after receiving redback spider bites.
The festival wraps up today with a great number of country acts.
The line-up includes Kate Miller-Heidke, The McClymonts and Sara Tindley.