Byron Bay Bluesfest celebrates 25th anniversary

PERFECT weather has smiled on the festival’s 25th anniversary, clear blue skies by day and silver moonlit evenings welcoming the massive crowds travelling to the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm for the Easter break.

“I’ve been hearing about Bluesfest for years, quite a legend,” the American singer Boz Scaggs, who is something of a legend himself, said.

“It’s right up there with Glastonbury and the New Orleans jazz festival.”


This is Boz Scagg’s first appearance at the festival, triggered by his first album in five years, Memphis.

His 1976 album Silk Degrees swept the music world and when he sang one of the mega-hits it spawned, Lido Shuffle, he had the crowd singing every word with him.

An Australian tour is part of the American singer’s second stage career after a long absence.

“I stopped music in the 80s. I didn’t have any music in me to give,” he said.

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