Despite two of the main headliners Lenny Kravitz and The Black Keys dropping out at the last minute, Byron Bay Bluesfest was the place to be this Easter weekend.

More than 18000 rain soaked, mud clad day visitors and thousands of weekend campers flocked from all over for the 26th instalment of the festival to have a taste of what Bluesfest has become famous for – roots music from around the world.

Huge crowds braved the downpour on Thursday night even though three acts pulled out and the Black Keys only giving a week and a half’s notice.

“It was a challenge, I won’t say it wasn’t. We’ve never had a year when we’ve lost three headliners,” said Noble, the event organiser. He only had to refund around 400 tickets due to the headliners dropping out, and on Friday he said, “if the weather gods are kind, this may be our second biggest Bluesfest ever. Definitely our third.”

“We’re not just about the headliners,” he added. “We’re about booking strong bills.”

Jack Johnson made a surprise appearance with musical friend Garrett “G Love” Dutton. Alabama Shakes were bumped up the bill to the headline spot in place of The Black Keys, and excelled bringing the noise to raise the roof.

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