Viva la Rebelution
CALIFORNIA'S Rebelution will bring their chilled reggae beats to the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm for the band's very first Australian performance at Bluesfest.
Beginning as reggae enthusiasts in the college town of Santa Barbara, Rebelution quickly grew to the success story they have become.
Rebelution's latest album Count Me In debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 14 and marked the band's third consecutive No. 1 Reggae Album.
Despite all the accolades, it is all about the music for the band as guitarist/singer Eric Rachmany explains.
"Rebelution is a great example of four friends who got together to play music for the fun of it, and still do that today. We just play music that we really enjoy," Rachmany said.
Rachmany said the band was overjoyed to be playing Bluesfest in 2015.
"We're really excited; we've been trying to come out there for a very long time," he said.
"Any time we can go somewhere new it's exciting.
"We've played primarily in the United States.
"This string of shows is an exciting time for Rebelution, we'd like to have more international (shows and fans).
"We know there's some Rebelution fans in Australia who have been waiting for us for a long time."
Rebelution are well-known on the festival scene in the US - they tend to play a lot of music festivals.
"I love big music festivals and tiny club shows as well," Rachmany said.
"When you're playing a festival, seeing the big crowds from the stage is an amazing feeling.
"I think the best part about a festival crowd is that the line-ups are usually very diverse, so there's something for everyone."
While primarily a reggae group, Rebelution likes to mix in hip hop and pop and jazz and blues, he said, so the varied music festival crowds tend to enjoy what they bring to the stage.
"With Rebelution, the foundation is definitely reggae, but we like to infuse different genres into our music as well," he said.
"It's interesting, I think many of our fans come from different musical backgrounds."
To Rebelution, Bluesfest feels like a great fit, he said.
"Rebelution is a great band for Byron Bay Bluesfest because I looked at the line-up and it's very diverse." While having been together ten years, playing more than 100-150 shows every year, Rebelution has still got the same energy as when it began.
"We just love playing on stage - we've toured maybe 150 shows a year (and) the way we're able to do that is because we love being on stage, we always have," Rachmany said.
Having started playing in the college scene, playing a gig every Friday and Saturday night, it took a lot of energy - an energy which they've kept up since then.
"It was so much fun back then.
"The energy that came out of that was sensational, and it still is," he said.
"It's quite a rush of energy when you get onstage.
"That's what we live for."
Rebelution play Bluesfest in 2015. Head to bluesfest.com.au