5 of Bluesfest's Most Memorable Moments
23 June 2019
"My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever intros thing that we call Rap, this thing that we call Hip Hop." - Kendrick Lamar
The music lifts the crowd together, creating a feeling of connection between everybody. That’s the power of music. And the experience that Bluesfest gives you.
From Rock to Folk and Hip Hop, the five-day festival has an awe-inspiring line-up of musical legends, big name internationals and talented locals. Musical memories are here to be made.
A Star-Studded Lineup
Big tents, big sound, and even bigger artists. In 2016, Kendrick Lamar headlined and in 2019 the festival celebrated its 30th Anniversary with Ocean Alley, Hozier and Tash Sultana.
Dust off your best festival outfit. Slap on some glitter. Because these acts have got star power!
Five days, five stages, five artists and five things you need to know….
5 Things You Need to Know
Kendrick Lamar (2016)
1. Kendrick Lamar is the most acclaimed Rap artist of his generation
2. His Pulitzer Prize for music for his album DAMN. was the first time the judges recognised a music genre outside of jazz and classical
3. The Compton rapper's famous collabs include Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Beyonce and U2
4. His lyrical genius come through in fan favourites “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”, “Money Trees” and “King Kunta”
5. The Bluesfest set highlight was the packed out tent chanting “We goin’ be alright”
Ocean Alley (2019)
1. Ocean Alley won the triple J Hottest 100 with their catchy tune “It’s All About Confidence, Baby”
2. The modern reggae fusion group hail from the Northern Beaches of Sydney
3. They’ve captivated audiences across Australia and now the world with their memorable blend of psychedelic surf-Rock
4. From jamming in a backyard garage the band is now riding the wave of Indie Rock stardom
5. The Bluesfest set highlight “The Comedown” had the crowd frothing for more
1. Irish Rock chart-topper Hozier is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who used to sing in a choral group
2. He was born in County Wicklow and is the son of a Blues musician
3. He collaborated with Bluesfest favourite and Gospel Soul legend Mavis Staples on EP “Nina Cried Power”
4. New album ‘Wasteland, Baby!’ debuted at No. 1 in the US and topped the charts in Ireland
5. The Bluesfest set highlight was his mega hit moody Rock song “Take Me to Church”
Baker Boy (2019)
1. Danzal Baker (aka Baker Boy) is the 2019 Young Australian of the Year for his mentorship of his young Indigenous peers
2. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin is Burralung/Gela boy
3. In Arnhem Land they call the rising Hip-Hop star the ‘fresh new prince’
4. He raps in his own Yolngu language and has some deadly dance moves on stage that makes for a fun live performance
5. The Bluesfest set highlight was “Black Magic” featuring mentor Dallas Woods
Tash Sultana (2018/2019)
1. Indie-Rock juggernaut Tash Sultana is an explosive live artist who has to be seen to be believed
2. The one-woman powerhouse rose to fame through “Bedroom Recordings” that went viral around the world
3. She recently took home an ARIA award for Blues and Roots Album of the Year with ‘Flow State’
4. The self-taught artist has mastered over 15 instruments to create her own unique style accompanied by shining vocals
5. The Bluesfest set highlight the ground-swelling “Jungle” had the crowd going wild