Menu
Entertainment

Music hits chord at Bluesfest

GUMBOOTS ESSENTIAL: Frankie Fordham, of Ballina, takes the opportunity to enjoy a puddle or two at the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest in Tyagarah.
GUMBOOTS ESSENTIAL: Frankie Fordham, of Ballina, takes the opportunity to enjoy a puddle or two at the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest in Tyagarah. Marc Stapelberg

THERE are few things more powerful than the sound of one honest voice; except maybe the sound of thousands singing in unison.

Despite the mass of crowd-thumping treats at Bluesfest, including Sydney-based Celtic punk-rockers The Rumjacks, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Alabama Shakes, it was the sound of one lone voice that brought people to tears.

Suddenly oblivious to the rain and the stench of the mud, which was akin to a zoo whose stables had never been mucked out, all came to a standstill as David Gray sang.

Any questions as to why people flock to these events to spend days running from one stage to the next in a constant state of FOMO (fear of missing out), playing a non-stop game of where's Wally with friends and family members while battling third world conditions in port-a-loos, were pushed aside by this one moment.

Glancing across the crowd in the middle of David Gray, a surfer in his mid-twenties could be seen head hung forward, holding the bridge of his nose, sobbing. After watching to see if he had in fact lost a loved one, it soon became obvious that it was the music moving him to such emotional depth as he became ecstatic, jumping, fist pumping the air. This is what it was all about - the music.

And the money, as local stall holders raked in the dough in exchange for luscious clothes and delicious treats in lines which never dwindled, Mullum based Ya Man, Yemeni food, and the Byron Bay Organic Donuts being among the favourites.

Masses of people swayed their way through the mud pits to the bar. Having pre-purchased tickets for specific drinks they were forced to line up twice, once for the ticket and once for the drink. But at least the barman already knew what you wanted.

Others who could no longer enunciate their desires were hauled off by first aid personnel in a feat of co-ordination that has to be applauded, including clearly marked first aid points and an emergency number printed on every wrist band. Otherwise reluctant crowds parted as strangers came to the aide of strangers, hauling them to safety, the sniffer dog welcoming party at the front gate having been seemingly ineffective.

Unless you were unfortunate enough to get stuck in a traffic jam at the end of the night, or waiting in the line for the Byron bus which stretched almost back through the festival gates, getting home was far easier than getting in to the festival.

Those living in Lennox and Ballina having had to pick from only four buses a day to get them there.

 

Topics:  bluesfest byron bay music festival



Ecologist sizes up fire's impact as crews monitor scene

Uki and Cudgen volunteers watch over a backburn at the Kings Forest fire on Tuesday.

Ecological impact on Kings Forest fire assessed

At $5, is this the cheapest meal on the Northern Rivers?

DEAL: Lismore Workers Club and Lismore Workers Sports Club are offering $5 meals this January.

But you only have one more week to take up the offer

Neighbours star is now a detox darling

Olympia Valance doing yoga.

She encounters a physical and mental metamorphosis

Local Partners

Advance screening of new Paw Patrol film

IF you have young children, you must be excited about this.

How GoT nearly destroyed hunk Jason Momoa's career

Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa says he struggled to get work after leaving the show.

“It was funny because I had no idea what I was even playing."

Hottest 100: what we know so far

Amy Shark bagged second place in last year’s Hottest 100 — can she pip everyone to the post for top spot this year? Picture: Richard Dobson

Based on these stats, can you guess who will top the countdown?

Oscar nomination still sinking in for Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie at the red carpet premiere for her new film I,Tonya at Fox Studios in Moore Park, Sydney.

THE I, Tonya star celebrated with friends and family last night.

Blogger’s torment: ‘They told me to die’

Blogger Elle Darby has revealed her torment. Picture: Elle Darby

Blogger revealed her torment as her public clash with hotel owner escalates

premium_icon Sam X opens up on split with Ryan Phelan

Samantha X, author of Back on Top.

“Yes it is true — Ryan and I have ended our relationship”

Serial killer fed victims’ bodies to pigs

Daphane Pierre holds a picture of her sister Jackie Murdock and Jackie's children Ryan after Robert Pickton was found guilty on six counts of second-degree murder. Picture: AP Photo/Jonathan Hayward, CP

A SERIAL killer known as “The Butcher” may have sold human flesh to cops