Gathering all the information to plan your own Byron Blues Festival Schedule can be hard work. While some bands sound familiar, and other ones are legendary, there’s a whole crowd of bands and solos just waiting to be discovered.
How do you choose who to see?
Pot Luck is one strategy, stopping when your ears tell you to or taking friendly suggestions. You might read a review or two in the local paper, recognise a band’s name or you simply close your eyes and point! (A personal fave, you never know who you might discover!)
Here’s our Guide to Byron Blues Festival Schedule for the music lovers.
Grace Potter – Guaranteed to get you Dancing
Grace’s amazing music and sexy sassiness make her our go-to girl. Born in Vermont, USA, Grace released her first solo album last year, ‘Midnight’, featuring contributions from her band mates. This rocker girl is a guitar-toting, piano-playing, tambourine-shaking chick of the moment and her star is firmly on the rise.
The Cat Empire – Guaranteed crowd pleasers
Australian favourites, the Cat Empire, a ska and jazz band, have been around since way back in 1999. That makes them festival veterans. We love their hit ‘Hello’ – if you need a bit of encouragement to take your first step onto the dance floor, this song is your entry point. But stay for the storytelling and laughter. With a recently released album, “Rising with the Sun” (the band’s 6th studio offering), we are sure to hear some new tunes too. Word to the wise: Handsome hats, suits and ties may be on display.
UB40 – All time Classic
You can’t do Bluesfest without a bit of reggae thrown in. These old-timers, with the line up of lead-singer Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue – are a hoot on stage – cheeky, cheerful, lively, and fun! Throw in more than a few well-known songs to sing along to, (UB40 has had more than 50 singles in the Top UK charts), and you’ll be grooving in the gumboots before long.
Elle King – The voice you HAVE to hear live
If you are familiar with the hit song, Ex’s and Oh’s, you’ll know this voice. Elle King is a groovy gal who can twang a banjo while singing her heart out. Not only was she nominated for two Grammy Awards this year, she was named No. 2 on Billboard’s Top New Rock Artist of 2015. This girl is going places. Be in her audience to catch her in person. With a range of musical interests including Rock, Soul, Country, Folk and Blues, this is one performance to give you goosebumps. Style alert: Tattoos and heavy make-up mixed with sassy spiritedness.
Ash Grunwald – Local Favourite
We cannot let you leave without introducing local talent Ash Grunwald. (Recently moving to our sunny shores we have claimed him as our own!). This surfer boy with a love of blues and funk showcases his authentic style and captivating vocals on Sunday in the Jambalaya tent. (2.30pm)
Kendrick Lamar – New favourite
Kendrick Lamar is the man of the moment. Winner of the Grammy for the Best Rap Album of the Year – “To Pimp a Butterfly,” the Best Rap Song – “Alright,” the Best Rap/ Song Collaboration – “These Walls,” the Best Rap Performance – “Alright,” and the Best Music Video – “Bad Blood” he must be doing something right! We are looking forward to seeing Kendrick live in action!
Tom Jones – Old favourite
We’ll be making our way to the finale in the Mojo Tent on Monday 28th when the elegantly attired Tom Jones hits the stage for the big finale. We can’t wait to boogie along to Delilah, Burning Down the House, and Sex Bomb and we’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll break out ‘You can leave your hat on’. Full Monty style. What a treat!
Extra definites: Cold War Kids (LOVE), Steve Smyth (DOUBLE LOVE!), Mojo Juju, Tex Perkins, Nahko & Medicine for the people…. The list goes on!! It’s going to be amazing, look forward to dancing with you in the crowd! xx
Our Pretty (Hot) Tip:
We suggest bringing your own picnic rug or blanket. When you want to relax with a champers listening to your favourite artist & watching the sun go down you’ll need a nice comfy patch of grass.