The Cat Empire – Mojo Stage
The brass kings of Australia made their way out to Bluesfest for the 7th time, they only played an early set of the night but they brought majority of the festival to the Mojo Tent. I don’t think I saw one person standing still, the amount of energy that filled the room was overwhelming, you were pretty much forced to smile in the best way possible. They started off with new track ‘Wolves’ off their brand new album ‘Rising With The Sun’ released earlier this month. Felix’s voice is extremely distinct and makes you feel like you should be salsa dancing in spain, sexy and smooooth. I’m so glad Cat Empire cracked out some classics like Two Shoes and The Wine Song and oh my goodness that song is the ultimate festival song with the lyrics ‘run, let’s have some fun, we’ll drink, give a toast to the sun’, the most appropriate song ever.
Something I really love about this band is they all have a little jam and when I say jam I mean like go absolutely insane on their instruments, Ollie the keyboard player is probably the biggest whiz ever and his face when he gets really into it is incredible. The drum solo, the dj scratching, the bongos and everything is between, it just showcases how talented each and every member is of the band. None of us wanted the set to finish and honestly they should’ve played last on the Mojo stage, it’s always such a good way to end the night on such a high with the energy of a band like The Cat Empire, they’ll never loose their touch and will forever make us groove and shake.
Modest Mouse - Mojo Stage
Modest Mouse are such quirks. Isaac Brock, lead singer and guitarist, came on stage with such energy; ready to put everything he had into creating such unique vocals that he has. The band didn’t dance much, I feel like Brock put all of that energy into keeping his eyes to wide open during the whole show. I swear I feel like I was watching him the whole time, and he did not blink once.
During ‘Lampshades on Fire’, his widened eyes added to the sinister feel of the song, saying stuff like “Well, fear makes us really, really run around”. I almost felt he was considering setting the stage on fire to create more of a ‘party’. When the band played tunes like ‘Dashboard’ and ‘Float On’, so many people in the crowd linked arms and sang every lyric together. It was such a great moment; I had been waiting to hear those songs in person for so long. The amount of instruments that is all involved in the band including the fiddle, banjo, ukulele, bass, horns, and everything in between created such an amazing sound!
Kim Churchill - Jambalaya Stage
After taking a year off last year, Kim returned with new material that the Bluesfest crowd hadn’t heard before and he was super keen to share it with us. His huge smile and refreshing presence brought the most beautiful crowd to the Jambalaya Stage, everyone ready to sway and sing along. Kim won the Bluesfest Busking Comp back in 2009 when he was only 16 and returning every year since, he’s developed such a large fan base within the Bluesfest community.
Kim is known as a one-man band playing the guitar, drums, percussion, vocals, and not to mention the harmonica, in which he has learnt to do an amazing trumpet-sounding solo with. When we had a chat with him he mentioned how his brass guy missed his flight and couldn’t make it to the gig, so he pulled his own solo from under his sleeve. So creative! Kim’s tour manger Mark and good friend Ben from Boo Seeka joined Kim on stage hitting some drums and bringing even more goodness to the stage. It was awesome to hear. Check out the chat we had with him on the Bluesfest grounds here: https://soundcloud.com/rabbitradio/rabbit-interview-with-kim-churchill