Byron Bay’s Bluesfest is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In 1990 the festival started as an indoor event in Byron itself, and has since moved to Belongil Fields, Red Devil Park and now its own dedicated site in Tyagarah, just 11 km from Byron. With more than 100 local and international acts on seven stages the festival has grown into one of Australia’s largest and most successful music festivals.
Michael Mackenzie is there for ATN and sent us these photos of Day One. Michael writes about Trixie Whitley:
The ghost of her late musician father, Chris, sits lightly on the shoulder of Trixie Whitley. She has her own music to make, but there is a soaring intensity and attack about her voice and songwriting which eerily evokes those same emotions in this listener. When she moves from the keyboard to guitar her whole stance changes, and she throws herself around the stage like she’s been buffeted by cyclones. You can see what I mean in some of the images.
(Click on any photo to start the gallery).