FOR the past 26 years, the stars of rock and roll have come out for Bluesfest and The Northern Star has been there every step of the way.

From its humble beginnings to its current purpose-built festival site at Tyagarah, Bluesfest has been an integral part of the festival scene on the Northern Rivers.

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The who's who of rock royalty had paid their dues at Bluesfest over the years.

From Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, to punk icon Iggy Pop, to folk legends such as Paul Simon and disco's ultimate showman KC and his Sunshine Band, the musical genres have been many and varied.

It has become a truly international event with famous people flocking to attend, not only on stage, but off it as well.

And yet its relaxed vibe has never gone away and is indeed what makes it special.

Michael Franti's Soulshine at Bluesfest. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/Northern Star
Michael Franti's Soulshine at Bluesfest. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Whenever you get thousands of people together in a muddy field with gumboots and good music on, it tends to be a bonding experience you don't easily forget.

All along the way, The Star has been writing and photographing the stars as they come out to play.

It's major logistical exercise to cover it every year over the Easter long weekend.

Our daily wrap-ups, polls about having chairs in tents or no chairs, and our festival fashion guides have been easily devoured.

Just as our tips on where to eat in the vast array of local eating hotspots is also particularly helpful.

Crowds at Bluesfest. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Crowds at Bluesfest. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

The queue to get one of the famous organic donuts is always long, but totally worth it.

Come rain, hail or shine, the Tyagarah tea tree farm is the place to be over Easter.

And when the 27th Bluesfest kicks off next year, it will have some of the usual eclectic line-ups, including Tom Jones.

Just imagine What's New Pussycat being performed in the Mojo tent.



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