Aussie band Skunkhour performs at the 2014 Bluesfest.
Aussie band Skunkhour performs at the 2014 Bluesfest. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Clear skies and hot weather for Bluesfest opening

CLEAR skies, hot weather and heavy traffic have greeted punters at the opening day of the 25th Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Thousands of people from across the country and overseas gathered at Tyagarah (5km north of Byron Bay) yesterday for a night of music and fun.

Tijuana Cartel started up Crossroads stage, with a mix of flamenco and electronic music that got the audience dancing early in the afternoon.

At the Delta stage, Belgian-American Trixie Whitley made her Australian debut with strong rock-soul and music from her more recent album.

A very full Cabanbah stage was the place for Australian band Skunkhour to reunite in their first-ever Bluesfest gig.

Thousands congregated for the headliners of the first night: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Buddy Guy and John Mayer.

Brisbane's Andrew Colbert has been a self-confessed Bluesfest tragic for the past 15 years.

"It's so well organised, and it has the best music you can ask for. I love coming to Byron for Bluesfest every year," he said on his way to the South gate.

"I am really looking forward to seeing The Doobie Brothers and my wife wants to see India Arie," he added.

Today's line-up includes Joss Stone, Jack Johnson, The Doobie Brothers, Matt Corby, The Wailers, Greg Allman, Allen Stone and Aaron Neville.

For more details on the festival go to the Bluesfest website.