Rain was the main feature of the third day of Bluesfest 2016.
Rain was the main feature of the third day of Bluesfest 2016. Javier Encalada

BLUESFEST DAY 3: Rain followed the god of thunder

IT was predicted in the BOM's forecast, and the clouds in sky hinted the upcoming weather change from noon, but it only took one quick sighting of the God of Thunder, Thor (or in this case, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth) just before 7pm for the sky to turn dark, the wind to blow and the rain to fall over revellers at Bluesfest 2016.

But a Bluesfest without rain is just not the same.

The Hollywood actor, his wife actress Elsa Pataky and their three children were seen entering the VIP area and into the backstage of the festival.

At 7pm, American singer Elle King started her second show at Delta stage, and complained a couple of times of some rain falling over her.

There were gushes of water coming down from what looked like drains from the left hand side of some tents over the Delta and Crossroads stages yesterday.

IN TENTS: Crowds gathered inside the different tents to escape the rain and enjoy some great music.
IN TENTS: Crowds gathered inside the different tents to escape the rain and enjoy some great music. Javier Encalada

So gumboots, plastic ponchos and umbrellas were the fashion of the day on Saturday at Tyagarah.

According to the BOM's website records by midnight, from 9am Saturday, Crabbes Creek recorded 20mm of rain, same as Myocum, and 17mm at Mullumbimby.

Belongil Creek and Ballina stations both recorded 50mm of rain in the same period.

At 7.45pm the worst of the storm had passed, and Elle King said to the crowd squeezing under the Delta tent "do not go anywhere! I know it stopped raining but you can't leave!"

The rain gave revellers a break until 9pm (enough time to get gumboots, jackets and umbrellas from the car) when the heavy rain started again although not as intense as earlier.

BOM's forecast for Byron Bay on Sunday and Monday is for showers with temperatures between 20 and 27 degrees.

The music (by Karen von Behrens)

A somewhat sedate midday crowd at Bluesfest prompted Melbourne artists Harts to ask the question:"I'm not sure if you're enjoying yourselves, are you guys having fun?"

The response was an enthusiastic roar.

Meanwhile, over at the Boomerang Talks and Ideas tent, Australian singer songwriter and storyteller Getano Bann brought the audience almost to tears singing: "No more suicide bombers, no more, no more, no more, no more ISIS", followed by "no more ten-year-old suicide, and no more terra nullius".

He then got the audience to sing along, and left them to it, while he slipped off stage in true rockstar style.

Paul Janeway, frontman of Alabama band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, warmed up their audience saying: "Last night was one of the best shows we've ever done, ever, so y'all got a lot to live up to and so do we. Now I know it's hot out there but were up here in suits, so get ready to sweat."

And sweat they all did, as did all the other performers with the lead singer of Vintage Trouble soaking through his suit as he was carried across the crowd.

Allen Stone, the hipster from Washington, enchanted people with his voice, while Eagles of Death Metal played the crowds as well as they played their instruments.

Lismore band Brotherhood of the Blues were up there with the best of them. The band is fronted by three young Aboriginal men with disabilities who delivered a tight performance.

Nowhere was the festival spirit more keenly felt, however, than over at the Boomerang stage where dance lessons, performances and healing were the order of the day.

But not for this journalist who was ejected for wearing shoes and eating while observing - oops.

And then the rain came.

Who is on this Sunday

  • Sahara Beck at Jambalaya stage from 12 noon
  • Con Brio at Delta stage from 1.30pm
  • Blackberry SMoke at Mojo stage from 3.45pm
  • Blind Boy Paxton at JUke Joint stage from 4.15pm
  • Taj Mahal at Jambalaya stage from 5.15pm
  • The Cat Empire at Mojo stage from 6.45pm
  • Melissa Etheridge at Crossroads stage from 7.45pm
  • UB40 featuring Ali Cambell, Astro and Mick Virtue at Crossroads from 9.45pm
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at Mojo stage from 10.45pm

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