Bluesfest: Byron Bay Day Three Stuns Audience


Day three of Byron Bay Bluesfest had Eagles of Death Metal as the unofficial headliners. However, the band did not have a prime time evening slot on Saturday.

It was on November when the band’s set was infiltrated by terrorists at Bataclan. Few people would have known the band by name, before last year’s Paris Attacks.

There was a huge influx of people at Bluesfest on Saturday. They crowded to show their support for the band.

The band responded positively. Frontman Jesse Hughes stood in the middle of their ball-tearing set and said that the band went through some strange time, for few months.

“It’s been a weird few months for us,” said frontman Hughes. “But you took that bad shit and made it go away.”

Hughes, being a strong frontman, is “loose-limbed” and has a “raspy voice” that seemed like he had been “up for four days,” says The Sydney Morning Herald.

Along with Hughes, the band has one of the brilliant guitarists – Dave Catching. Catching has a long ZZ Top-style beard.

Audience’s reaction was vibrant and extreme, as it had been for the entire festival. Eagles of Death Metal gave out several jumpy rock music with “loud and lewd antics.”

The band’s music was in contrast to musicians who came before and after them at Bluesfest.

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Jackson Browne performed at Bluesfest. It was the first gig from his Australian list of shows.

Browne began with two songs from his 2008 album “Time The Conqueror.” He also featured three from his 2014 album “Standing In The Breach.”

He went back to the 1973 album “For Everyman” throughout the show, says Noise 11.

Seattle soul act Allen Stone gave a bewildering performance on the Crossroads stage. He’s reminded of Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

While sporting blond hair and glasses, Stone was wearing a AC/DC T-shirt and ripped jeans. He also had hippie beads and a wide-brimmed fedora hat.

The ‘hippie with a soul’ delivered an unique and  smoky, slowed down rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” It was one of his rousing numbers.

Hollywood R&B band Vintage Trouble showed an infectious energy at the steamy mid-afternoon set.

On the Mojo stage, the indie folk seven-piece band Decemberists performed. They are from Portland, Oregon.

“That was the worst two-step I’ve ever seen!” said frontman Colin Meloy.  “For that, I’m going to sing you a song about killing babies!”

Late afternoon, Lismore act Brotherhood Of the Blues played their second. At the Juke Joint, they played the final set of the Bluesfest.


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