REGGAE: UB40 featuring Astro, Ali Cambell and Mickey Virtue, with their band at Bluesfest 2016.
REGGAE: UB40 featuring Astro, Ali Cambell and Mickey Virtue, with their band at Bluesfest 2016. Javier Encalada

Bluesfest Day 4: The day we hit ‘peak festival’

BLUESFEST 2016 'peaked' on Sunday when the right amount of mud, music, revellers and donuts all aligned like planets bringing good omens.

With the bad weather from Saturday behind, and only a couple of showers to keep the dust under control, gumboots were still needed at Tyagarah as the muddy puddles made the precinct the perfect location for an episode of Peppa Pig.

GUMBOOTS: Revellers at Bluesfest 2016.
GUMBOOTS: Revellers at Bluesfest 2016.

Attendance was notoriously higher than the previous days, maybe even bigger than 'Youngster Thursday.'

But Sunday was no youngster music day. It was, although, yet another day of strong music.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds delivered a great show for fans, with a surprise performance of Wonderland, Oasis's 1995 hit song.

After all, he wrote the song.

Felix's first time

Earlier in the day, Melbourne ska and jazz favorites The Cat Empire enchanted audiences with a show full of new hits from their latest album, Rising With the Sun.

Frontman Felix Riebl mentioned the band has played in the festival six times before, but his memories of Bluesfest started a lot earlier.

FRONTMAN: Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire minutes before his Easter Sunday show at Bluesfest.
FRONTMAN: Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire minutes before his Easter Sunday show at Bluesfest.

"When I was about 18 I finished school and I drove up with some friends and saw Bluesfest, I was in the audience. I think I was watching (American latin hip hop band) Ozomatli playing. I made a promise to myself that I wanted to be in that stage one day," he said.

"Bluesfest is just one of the great festivals, and we keep telling people if they are coming to Australia not to miss Bluesfest."

First sip of red, red wine

Making their Bluesfest debut were legendary reggae band UB 40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.

Minutes before their show, Ali Campbell commented on the reason why, after 30 albums and a couple of decades later, they still love reggae.

SUNSET: The sun went down but the music went up a notch at Bluesfest on Easter Sunday 2016.
SUNSET: The sun went down but the music went up a notch at Bluesfest on Easter Sunday 2016. Javier Encalada

"That's what we loved to listen to when we were young, and we still love it today," he said.

Hit songs Red Red Wine, Falling in Love With You and Kingston Town send a mixed crowd of Millennials and Baby Boomers dancing and singing together, in one of the most cross-generational shows of the festival so far.

Car is out, bus is in

Many revellers queued up for bus services at the end of the evening, with cars exiting the precinct a lot faster than in previous nights.

LOCAL FLAVOURS: The local team at Paella Time offered delicious food for Bluesfest revellers.
LOCAL FLAVOURS: The local team at Paella Time offered delicious food for Bluesfest revellers. Javier Encalada

What's on this Monday pussycat?

The final day of Bluesfest 2016 is bound to see some underwear flying to stage:

  • Tom Jones at Mojo stage from 8.45pm
  • Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds at Mojo stage from 6.45pm
  • The Original Blues Brothers Band at Crossroads from 10.30pm
  • Vintage Trouble at Crossroads Stage from 7pm
  • St Paul and the Broken Bones at Jambalaya from 5.30pm
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama at Mojo stage from 5pm
  • Irish Mythen at Crossroads Stage from 2.30pm


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