Touted as Australia’s premier blues and roots festival, Bluesfest is really an eclectic gathering of the available great and good. The Varnished Culture only made Monday’s gig and a list of acts enjoyed will give you an inkling of the variety: Joss Stone, Michael Franti & Spearhead, War, KC & the Sunshine Band, Booker T Jones, the Beards, Chain and climactically, Elvis Costello & the Imposters. When Booker T recalled how young he was in 1962 when he wrote ‘Green Onions’, it occurred to the V.C. that he was not only older than most of the crowd but most of the crowd’s parents as well.

Pleasant surprises were Michael Franti, the Beards (although they really must expand the subject matter of their songs beyond the hirsute) and Cambodian Space Project (which combines a tight bunch of pub rockers with an Asian Lolita who warbles 60s bubblegum pop style songs).

Weather lovely this year but as it tends to be variable, the Varnished Culture recommends shelling extra $ on the V.I.P. tent, so one can use a lavatory fit for humans. Moreover, we choose to stay, when in or near Byron Bay, at Azabu. It is a bit out of town but that is a relief in that the town itself is a lot like Victor Harbor invaded by hippies, only worse.


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    July 11, 2015

    It's a shame you didn't enjoy it that much. I thought it was a good, utderstaned novel that, while being quite emotionally cold and distant, was actually rather thrilling in a more substantial way than James tell everyone my real name Bond. I don't particularly think you have to read earlier novels to enjoy or understand it but perhaps I'm used to stories like these. In fact, it reminded me of films (stylistically not plot wise) like The Conversation and The Lives of Others which have a very tangible grittiness to them. Actually, The Conversation is a great film to watch with a bloody brilliant performance from Gene Hackman. Also, BBC's production of Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy is still one of Auntie Beeb's best things. Constant Gardener isn't worth the time to read or to watch.

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