EVERYTHING’S GOOD: Byron Bay East Coast Blues and Roots Festival Director Peter Noble holds court at an onsite media conference yesterday.
EVERYTHING’S GOOD: Byron Bay East Coast Blues and Roots Festival Director Peter Noble holds court at an onsite media conference yesterday. Patrick Gorbunovs

Chairs are OK but no iPads

LAST year's Bluesfest sparked the question, seated or standing?

This year we're asking can you bring your iPad?

Have chairs been banned after it was such an issue last year?

You can bring a chair; just make sure you take it with you and position it behind the mixing desk at whichever stage you're watching your favourite act and if you stand up, fold it up.

But no; you can't bring your iPad. Or anything you plan on recording video or audio with.

Gumboots? Who needs them? The site is well set out and the roads are designed to dry within 15 minutes of the rain stopping.

Festival director Peter Noble, who was on site at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm yesterday to answer any pressing questions, said he doesn't have any pet hates at this time of year; he's only grateful.

His picks of this year's line-up include Jimmy Cliff, Rodriguez, Iggy and The Stooges, the Music Makers Revue and Ben Harper.

"He's such a complex character that you never know what you're going to get," Mr Noble said.

Today is the first day of the five-day event, with the first acts taking to the stage at 4pm.

Grab the program, familiarise yourself with where each tent is and take a note of where your fav- ourite food stalls are.

No one wants to waste time searching out the Byron Bay Organic Donuts when Trombone Shorty is about to hit the Mojo stage.

Something you may notice when you do buy any food is the cutlery and containers are 100% recyclable. So take advantage and put them in the numerous recycle bins.

Festival organisers weren't so keen on the number of ring-pulls found on the ground after last year's event either, so don't pull them off.

Mosquito repellent and a jumper are the only other must-haves at this year's Bluesfest.



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