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/
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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.