Finn and Fenn to Bluesfest
Take Crowded House and 10cc for example – both of whom are making first time appearances at the festival.
Crowded House front man Neil Finn penned such perennial classics as Don’t Dream It’s Over, Four Seasons in One Day and Fall at Your Feet.
The 10cc back catalogue is equally impressive – including some of the greatest hits of the ‘70s like Rubber Bullets, Dreadlock Holiday and The Things We Do For Love.
Earlier this week Pulse spoke to Neil Finn and 10cc guitarist Rick Fenn about their first time appearances (as bands) at the festival.
“This is the first time Crowded House will play Bluesfest and we are very excited about it,” Neil says. “Its great to think that as a pop band we can turn up at a blues and roots festival, and its broad enough, the festival’s parameters are broad enough, that we fit in.”
It’s not the first time that Neil has played there – he was featured as a solo artist 10 years ago.
“It was tremendous,” he says. “Bluesfest has really responsive audiences, it’s a great vibe, really chilled and with a broad bill. It was tremendous.”
Although Bluesfest punters will be treated to some of the band’s most enduring classics, they will also be some of the first people to hear the new Crowded House album.
“It should be out almost around the time of the festival and we are definitely playing songs from the new record,” Neil says. “The album has a real band feeling to it...and features some pretty interesting and exotic arrangements. I’m pretty excited about it.”
Neil is also excited about the line-up for next year. He did a gig with 10cc – fellow Bluesfest players – recently and was impressed.
10cc guitarist Rick Fenn lives in Byron Bay and is as enthusiastic as Neil about playing. He moved to Byron Bay back in 2002, after falling in love with the place after visiting friends.
The music scene in Byron was one of the drawcards.
“I’ve been to quite a few Bluefests over the years and I’ve always had a brilliant time,” Rick says. “The entire band is chuffed to be playing. It is truly one of the great festivals.”
The current 10cc line-up features one of the band’s original principal songwriters, Graham Gouldman. Graham co-wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, including I’m Not in Love, Art for Art’s Sake and The Things We Do For Love.
Rick joined the band in 1977, in time to play on one of the band’s most enduring hits – Dreadlock Holiday.
And can 10cc fans expect to hear their favourite hits?
“I can say with confidence, if you are fond of the 10cc catalogue you will be happy with our Bluesfest set list,” Rick says.
Bluesfest 2010 is from Thursday, April 1, through to Monday, April 5. Tickets are on sale now. Call 6685 8310 or visit the Bluesfest website: www.bluesfest.com.au