Xavier Rudd at Mojo.
Xavier Rudd at Mojo. Seanna Cronin

Fans rally in the wet and mud for Xavier Rudd

BLUESFEST favourite Xavier Rudd stole the show last night, playing an energetic set to a packed Mojo tent.

The singer opened with an acoustic song, showing off his ambidextrous talents by playing the didgeridoo and drums.

It was an energetic set which saw Rudd work through most of his biggest hits including Follow The Sun and Fortune as well as a cover of Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier with the help of Aboriginal dancers and plenty of singing along by the audience.

As well as showing his support for Aboriginal rights, Rudd also used the show to voice his opposition to coal seam gas.

Fat Freddy's Drop, Melbourne Ska Orchestra and The Cat Empire closed the night with mud-stomping dance grooves.

Earlier in the afternoon, The Voice winner Karise Eden played her first-ever Bluesfest show at Mojo, playing three songs from a yet-to-be-released EP.

John Butler Trio drummer Nicky Bomba and his Bustamento band created a beachy, reggae vibe with Bomba even using a drum stick, instead of a pick, to play his electric guitar.

American "hippie soul" singer Allen Stone impressed with his powerhouse voice in his first of two shows at the ARPA tent last night.

American soul singer Allen Stone.
American soul singer Allen Stone. Seanna Cronin

The 25-year-old paid tribute to one of his major influence, Stevie Wonder, by singing Superstition as well as his own original tracks.

Stone plays again today at 3pm at the Jambalaya tent.

Xavier Rudd also plays a second show tonight at Crossroads, as do The Lumineers and Wilco.

International headliner Paul Simon plays the festival-closing set at Mojo at 8.15pm.

Isolated showers are forecast today for the final day of the 24th annual event.



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