Mistaken identity points to a promising career


"IS that Missy Higgins with blonde hair?" asked one woman. "No ? she doesn't wear earrings," said the other.

"Oh yeah, and she sounds better than Missy Higgins anyway." It was a conversation 16-year-old Cody Butler would have loved to hear ? because the two confused women were talking about her.

Cody was yesterday performing at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival alongside fellow Year 11 Byron Bay High School student Stan Walker, 16, after the pair won a competition to play a 45-minute set on the exclusive Apra stage.

After the gig, Cody said she planned to stalk none other than the star she had been mistaken for.

"I really want to meet Missy Higgins," Cody said.

"It's all pretty exciting ? I'm used to helping in the car park at school when the Blues Fest is on and now I'm performing here."

For Stan, who moved to the region from New Zealand last February, the experience was slightly overwhelming. "It didn't really hit me until I got here and saw everything set up," he said.

"I didn't realise how big it would be." The official crowd numbers are yet to be tallied, however by the end of last night more than 17,000 people were expected to have flooded through the gates yesterday alone.

About 250 workers will today begin the mammoth task of cleaning up and dismantling the marquees, symbolising the end of the festival and the Easter mayhem locals have grown accustomed to.

The main attractions on last night's program included Blues Fest regulars Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Waifs and Blue King Brown.

Missy Higgins also pulled a big crowd in the Mojo tent at 6.30pm, but she better work hard to keep her coveted evening slot next year ? apparently she has a younger, blonde twin with a better voice right here in Byron Bay.

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