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Tanya MacNaughton and Sarah Motherwell
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PERTH music lovers have had the pleasure of West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots on their annual festival calendar for 10 years, etching everlasting memories from a catalogue of legendary artists.
My favourite type of live music review is the one where the reviewer focuses on the music and not the mundane parts of the day like finding a carpark. The idea of a festival like West Coast Blues n Roots is to get a whole bunch of top bands from Byron Bay Bluesfest (which runs every Easter, which is why the Freo version will never run on a long weekend I'm afraid) and put them all on one bill so fans of at least some of these bands can see them all in one fell swoop for a decent price instead of paying at least a hundred bucks a ticket for each of them. This means a lot of people will be there. If you don't feel like exerting yourself you can set up a rug at the back of the venue and chill out. If you get close to the stage you're going to be surrounded by people who are used to dancing and singing and yelling at live music shows. It's what happens when the word 'festival' is used in a concert title. Now, please tell us about the headline acts!
I thought the atmosphere on Saturday was amazing and I'm sorry to hear the crowd numbers/behaviour on Sunday tarnished the experience. I do believe Freo is the ideal place for this festival however it's fairly small relative to all the big names. I wonder if the organisers would consider running the festival over three days - i.e. a long weekend.
I thought the Festival was fantastic and felt privileged to be able to enjoy so many high calibre acts, as well as discover some new ones. I went both days and thought the atmosphere was friendly and didn't see any drama. Whilst I agree there seemed to be slightly more drunken behaviour on Saturday night, Sunday was mellower. I got up at 4am to drive back to Margs on Monday morning for school, and I can tell you, I am still buzzing from the spectacle that was the 10th Anniversary of West Coast Blues and Roots Festival. Cold? Take a cardi, tired and frustrated, go to sleep earlier! Every one is entitled to an opinion, but have to say, me and mine were absolutely stoked with the time we had in Freo on the weekend! Can't wait for the next one...
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