Thankfully day two of the Byron Bay Bluesfest dawned with blue skies and a dry outlook. The Friday was packed full of huge names like Lauryn Hill, Robert Plant, the New Power Generation and Jimmy Cliff.
Let’s get the bee that was buzzing around everyones heads last night out of the way…Lauryn Hill was 35 minutes late to her set. At 10pm on the Mojo stage her DJ came out and started to hype up the crowd with Kendrick Lamar’s Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe, however it soon become apparent that there was something wrong as the panicked look spread across his face with each minute that ticked by. As Robert Plant swung onto the Crossroads stage at 10:30pm there were a few festival goers that drifted away, however most people stayed. Thirty minutes into the wait the crowd started to get restless and chanted “Lauryn, Lauryn”, but damn was the wait worth it. Despite a few sound issue that had her gesturing to her ear piece, Ms Lauryn Hill started her set by slaying Everything is Everything and you couldn’t hear over the cheers when she sang Killing Me Softly.
Throughout the day there were plenty of strong acts and some beautiful story-telling moment, with Con Brio being a standout performance of the day. All Our Exes Live In Texas explained the meaning behind their song Boundary Road, which was inspired by a moment with Katie Wighton and her mother in Brisbane when her mother asked her “What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?”
New Power Generation started their set strong with the entire group smoothly moving around the stage as they sang hits like Cream, Raspberry Beret and Kiss. While over on the Crossroads stage Jimmy Cliff began his set with a medley that included Rivers of Babylon and had the whole tent singing along to I Can See Clearly Now.
Overall another strong festival line up from the amazing Byron Bay Bluesfest team, we’re off to hunt down Byron Bay Organic Doughnut’s and we’ll let you know all of our Saturday highlights tomorrow.