Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic zeroes put on one of the most intense and emotionally dynamic concerts I’ve ever seen. Almost like a group therapy session where the lead singer kept rambling on stage, almost on the verge of meltdown and his band just supported these gospel folk interludes led by that beautiful girl and the whole crew would just stay super positive while the singer worked through it and then shook himself and the crowd up into these ecstatic frenzies and the band would just let loose. It was bizarrely touching. Then after a little west african dancing I saw John Mayer and I have to say he was one of the funniest, kindest, most down to earth people I’ve ever seen on stage. He told the audience all about this “dream” he had the night before and was making jokes and introducing all the songs like we were in his living room. After that I wandered around aimlessly with a coconut chai and a gluten free donut while all the simultaneous genres of music garbled in the centre of the festival grounds under the waning yellow moonlight.

Bluesfest, round 1 = great success.

On to the next one! honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the greats!


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