Spell At Byron Bay Blues Fest

This post comes from our good friend Spell Pennefather over at Spell & The Gypsy Collective! 

Another year, another wonderful Blues Fest. My husband Dougall, loves his statistics and sometimes gets carried away with quoting numbers (we love him for it). But this number is true. This year was his 25th Byron Bay Blues and Roots festival. It was held in Byron Bay 25 years ago, in a little pub called The Piggery at the Arts Factory hostel, (now the Byron Bay Brewery at the Arts Factory Hostel which, if you’ve visited Byron Bay as a backpacker, you may have stayed in one of their huge Tee-Pee dorms). So my hubby was there, 25 years ago, at the 1st ever Blues Fest, where they played nothing but blues to a crowded room of passionate locals…and he’s been to every Blues Fest since.

Photos by Carly Brown

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25 years on and the Byron Bay Blues and Roots festival is a world renowned, 5 day festival, set in the fields of Byron Bay, bringing in 25,000+ crowds to our small town. Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Ben Harper, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti, and Dave Mathews Band are just a few who’ve played over the years… (I’m still waiting for Fleetwood Mac to appear on the line up!  Fingers crossed!!).

Blues is such a cruisey, relaxed, happy ‘family‘ vibe, ‘bring a rug and a fold out chair’ kinda festival.  And of course, there’s that fashion festival style that we all love to see and be a part of!

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Blues Fest folk are a diverse crowd… there’s rockabilly, country and western folk, biker chicks, cool crew (or the A-Team as we call them), total hippies, ravers, backpackers, mums, dads, kids, babies, oldies, youngins.  Some are there to listen to the music and that’s it! I prefer to check out the fashion stalls, grab some food and let the ambient blues floating through the air run over and around me.  And better yet, pull up a hay-bail in the Chai Tent and grab some honey cake and spicy Chai after the sun has gone down.

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This year I managed to see the John Butler Trio who are one of my favorites, and KC and Sunshine Band. Joss Stone was so full of soul and Kasey Chambers singing a duet with Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning was a highlight for all. And Michael Franti, long time Blues Fest fave (is he there every year or what??) always whips the crowd into a loving frenzy.

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I was lucky enough to have local photographer, part-time-mermaid and generally all round angel traipsing the festival grounds with me, documenting some of my adventures. I met up with her every evening at sunset and we had so much fun prancing around taking pictures as the sky turned lilac. We both love festivals so much and I think you can see that in the moments we captured.

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maxi skirt in sun

floral skirt and fringe bag

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The Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival is a warm, humble, honest and beautiful festival. If you ever find yourself in Australia at Easter time, it’s well worth hitching a ride up or down the coast and joining in… Here’s to next year, number 26! (I know my hubby will be there again, and I’ll be right there by his side!).

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Photos by Carly Brown

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Comments

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog! Carly Brown your photos make me feel that sunset breeze and hear those soulful tunes. Spell and Co looking effortlessly smoking as always!

  2. Spell, could you please tell me where that wonderful white kimono\chiffon robe came from!? I’m so enchanted by it, it would be a treasure to my wardrobe !!!

  3. It certainly is a beautiful festival with a great vibe. Can’t believe you didn’t see/ mention “the Doobie Brothers” ….original boho at its best. Led Zep have never played Blues Fest although Robert Plant has.

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