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Bluesfest 2014


The sickly smell of B.O, spliffs and the occasional lentil burger fart wafts over me. My nose might not be having the best time but I don't care because my ears are in heaven. 

 

Bluesfest 2014 is a smorgasbord of musical magic that for the aging raging baby boomers is better than any chocolate Easter treat. 

 

Even the weather is playing along this year with hot sunny days providing a perfect backdrop to the pulsating rhythm blasting out of the Mojo tent. 

 

I managed to score a five-day pass on eBay for only $300. When you consider that's pretty much the cost of two average concert tickets, it's great value.

 

Seeing legends like Boz Scaggs, The Doobie Brothers, John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Elvis Costello to name but a few...and then discovering new talent like Barbara Vine, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Allen Stone - it has to be the best $300 I've ever spent.

 

On the down side, this festival is playing havoc with my FOMO. 

 

In "fear of missing out", I want to be in five different tents at once. How do I choose between Dave Matthews and Jeff Beck?

 

Breathe deeply and just enjoy the moment you're in, I tell myself... before legging it out of Mojo and into Crossroads (the two main show tents). 

 

Of course, breathing deeply is easy here in beautiful, laid back Byron Bay.

 

Just watch out for those lentil burgers.

 

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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 23 April 2014


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