Bluesfest 2013 was the best ever but Bluesfest 2014 will be the festival's 25th year and it's sure to be beyond fantastic. We were surprised the music at Bluesfest was less than 50% blues this year at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, the site of the festival, where the mood was laid back and happy and the music was joyful, blue, sprightly, rock, soul, big band, ska, jazz and cool. But the vibe in the audience was a pleasure to experience and even if the odd performance, wasn't quite what we expected, it was easy to groove along to the next tent or browse the market stalls and sponsor a baby.
So grab a bunch of girlfriends (29 to 58 years old seems to be the average age), get the blokes together, take your husband or your mum and drink in the spirit of Bluesfest 2014. On that note, drinks at the festival are pretty expensive and limited, if you do want to partake of an $11 Gin and Tonic in a can, buy your drink tickets as you walk in the gate and bypass the long queue that happens after 4pm. The whole event goes for 5 days, generally noon to midnight, so whether you choose to enjoy it for one or two or three days, learn from our experience this year and check out these 5 tips, lessons we learnt this year, before you rock on up to Bluesfest 2014;
1. Eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Bluesfest – yes we can verify the food is that good (and the coffee). Our favourites were the Greek, Singaporean Noodles, Woodfired Pizza, Organic Donuts and Govindas Pure Vegetarian and Gourmet Goons.
2. Bring or Buy a Funny Hat, 90% attending the festival have one, so join in, Indian Feather Headdresses are for sale on-site.
4.Sleep out of Byron unless you're camping at Bluesfest. Really it's only a 35 minute drive if you choose a good night's sleep at Kingscliff (where some of the bands stay) or Casuarina Beach or even Currumbin or Broadbeach.
5.Wear your most comfortable shoes, whether they're Birkenstocks, thongs or Dunlops you'll definitely need them.
Bluesfest 2014 is April 17 to 21st, whether you're travelling from Brisbane, Gold Coast, New Zealand or New Orleans we can recommend it highly, this is one festival for grown-ups not to miss, for sure.