We clued you in on the happenings of Day One at Bluesfest yesterday, but as day turned to night a whole host of people came out to play. Augie March kicked off the night time shenanigans at the Crossroads tent, apologising to the crowd for a slight delay in start times. Despite continual tuning issues he persevered through the set, joking to the crowd that, ‘Once you get a mic in front of you, you have ultimate power. All you need is people to listen to you, and even then that doesn’t really matter!’ Highlight of their set was their epic rendition of A Dog Starved and they finished off their set with One Crowded Hour.
On the Mojo stage Jurassic 5 (J-5 as the kids are calling them) we pumping up the jam, with a sea of people screaming, cheering and doing something that I think was supposed to be crumping. Interacting with the crowd they got everyone participating in a few moves and their track Verbal Gunfight left everyone a sweaty mess.
After seeing them in Byron Bay five years ago it was fantastic to see Boy & Bear take the stage at the Crossroads tent. Opening with Bridges the last minute addition to the line up packed out the tent. Over on the Mojo stage Sticky Fingers had fans going crazy, throwing themselves at the barrier and climbing onto friends shoulders to see the band. When they launched into fan favourite Gold Snafu there was not a groove-less person in the crowd.
Highlight of my night was a smaller set, at the Delta stage – G.Love & Special Sauce. Their entire set was a mix of grit, swagger and dirty dancing; but the stand out for me was Booty Call. Including a crowd member in the song as he free-styled, ‘My ex-girlfriend is here tonight. Baby why you here tonight? You here with your new boyfriend? That’s fine, we all need a little booty call sometimes.’ They also spliced Why Don’t We Do It In The Road by The Beatles into the end of the song. Surprise of the night was when Jack Johnson joined G.Love onstage for Stepping Stones.
Finishing up my night was Angus & Julia Stone at Crossroads. They opened with Heart Beats Slow and then flowed into Don’t Take My Word For It. Julia introduced the next song with a story. ‘I wrote this for a man I was madly in love it and sent it to him in an email. He sent me back a song called Go To Hell. He was working on his death metal album at the time.’ She launched into a beautiful version of For You.
This was just Day One and Day Two is going to bring even more goodies, with bands like Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark Jnr. – to name a few. We will keep you updated and in the know.
Photo Credit: Gina Martin