Got back blues? Sapoty fills the knead at festivals
BLUESFEST stallholder Sapoty Brook has been massaging his way through 25 years of festivities with a long term commitment to the event.
Two years after the festival began, back at Belongil Fields, Mr Brook ran his first stall at Bluesfest.
“It was pretty wild back then, in the post-hippie days. The culture is a lot more conservative nowadays, the people have gotten older,” he said.
“I remember having my little stall set up at the top of the hill that overlooked Mojo stage. It was just me and one other therapist in those days. We’d be dancing while massaging – we were like the support act, backing up the stage. And we’d have people sitting all around our tent.
“People would trudge through the mud to come for a massage. They’d sit on my body bubbles (large inflatable balls that Mr Brook created) in the wind and the rain and I’d have them hold an umbrella above their head whilst I gave them a massage.”
Mr Brook’s massages are as popular as ever, he said, and now he has to employ more therapists to keep up with the demand – in fact his 17 therapists deliver about 1000 massages per festival.
This year at Bluesfest the marketplace will host 112 stalls, consisting of nine charity stands, 54 food outlets and 57 varied market stalls including, for the first time, Levi’s and Hunter Boots.