We love large scale event photography assignments. Festival photography comes in many styles and types. They cater to just about every genre of music and artistry.
And consequently, festivals attract every demographic. Price nor distance will keep the die-hard fans away from their favourite music festival.
Perhaps State Government rules may make it hard for festivals to remain near large population centres but I doubt these same fans would not travel an extra few hundred kilometres. And most likely to another State, crossing State borders is easy in Australia. We like the idea of a festival being near a regional community where the influx of workers and punters come in and frequent the local shops. We know we spend quite a bit in the towns nearby at every festival.
Fans are already paying a price for the travel, the entry fee, onsite expenses and local accommodation. And that’s not even including the money it costs in taking time off work for them. Big fans will find the means to help support their favourite artists and keep the culture alive.
Like many other long-running music festivals, Blues is a good one to photograph if you’re into live music of many different flavours. Blues is quite rigid in its layout and very limited in its alternative art options. But the crowds are usually big. Big stages with great lighting with mostly great sound. Most years we are able to navigate through the crowds to and from the sound desk and back to the pit or our media office.
The festival is held in NSW Australia at https://www.byron-bay.com/events/venues/tyagarah-tea-tree-farm/
We’ve had to limit how many photos below as search engine don’t like slow loading pages. Some of our (few) highlight photos below.
Festival Photography at Blues Fest 2018
Full List of Artists
Afro Celt, Jose Gonzalez, All Our Exes, Juanes, Andre Cymon, Leon Bridges, Asgeir, Lionel Richie, Busking Finalists,Little Georgia, Bali Blues Brothers, Lukas Neslon, Benny Booker, Melissa Etheridge, Benny Walker, Michael Franti, Bobby Rush, Mia Dyson, Bundjalung Weavers, Molly Millington, Caiti Baker, Morcheeba, Canned Heat, Move It Mob Style, Chain, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chic, Muggera Dancers, Citizen Cope, Narasarito, Clarence Bekker, New Power Generation, Clayton Doley’s, Bayou Billabong, Newton Faulkner, Con Brio, Rag’N’Bone Man, Dan Sulton, Renee Simone, Dog Trumpet, Rick Estrin, Dumpstaphunk, Robert Plant, Elephant Sessions, Ryan McMullan, Eric Avery, Seu Jorge, Eric Gales, Seal, First Aid Kit, Shaun Kirk, Govt Mule, Sheryl Crow, Gomez, Sorong Samurai, Hanlon Brothers, Steve Smyth, Harry Manx, Tash Sultana, Harts, Tay Oskee, Hayley Grace & The Bay Collective, Te Kopere Maori Healers, High School Showcase, The California Honeydrops, Holy Holy, The Original Blues Brothers, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Strides, Hussy Hicks, The Teskey Brothers, Jackson Browne, The Wailers, Jannawi Dance Clan, Walter Trout, Jason Isbell, William Crighton, Jimmy Cliff, Youssou Ndour, Joe Louis Walker, Yirrmal, John Butler Trio, Ziggy Alberts.
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Photo Gallery Blues Fest 2018
Blues Festival Photography Best of 2017
How good was this year’s Blues Fest, so many world-class performers all at one festival. The festival crowd, usually in the 80-100 000 over the week really get into their music. Often standing at their favourite vantage point for over an hour in very hot conditions.
From a festival photographer in Sydney point of view, it’s such a pleasure absorbing the artistry these musicians share with us. Being so close in the pit for a full concert is a privilege. Being able to absorb their energy and getting so close you can see all their expressions, the white of the eyes. So good. Hope some of that energy shines through the photos. The photos below really don’t show anywhere near the talent on stage.
This year we captured at Blues Fest; Graham Nash, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat Rick Vito, The National, Fantastic Negrito, Digging Roots, Marshall Okell, Steve Smyth, Kamasi Washington, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, Joe Williams, Guatano Band, Lucky Peterson
Harts, Vintage Trouble, Eagles of Death Metal, Sahara Beck, Jeff Martin The Tea Party, Con Brio, The Cat Empire, Melissa Etheridge, UB40, Blind Boy Paxton, Richard Clapton, Pierce Brothers, Ivy (Busking Winners 2016)
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Photo Gallery Blues Fest 2017
Blues Festival Photography Best of 2016
Featured photos from; Graham Nash, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat Rick Vito, The National, Fantastic Negrito, Digging Roots, Marshall Okell, Steve Smyth, Kamasi Washington, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, Joe Williams, Guatano Band, Lucky Peterson
And Harts, Vintage Trouble, Eagles of Death Metal, Sahara Beck, Jeff Martin The Tea Party, Con Brio, The Cat Empire, Melissa Etheridge, UB40, Blind Boy Paxton, Richard Clapton, Pierce Brothers, Ivy (Busking Winners 2016)