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Blues Festival

Blues Fest Sunset series with the MentalsSunday 10 April, 4pm - 7pm

The Blues Festival is a popular music event held every two years in March at War Memorial Park in Leichhardt. Part of the Sunset Series, this event is the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic lunch and spread out in the park while listening to some laid back Blues tunes.

Previous acts have included Steve Flack Blues Band, Diesel, Wendy Matthews, Trude Aspeling and Dan Hopkins.  

BluesFest 2016 Images

2016 Program

  • 4:00pm-4:45pm:
    Jan  Preston's Boogie Circus (with special guest Margeaux Rolleston)

Known as Australia’s Queen of Boogie Piano, Jan Preston has a reputation as an astonishing piano player with a rich resonant voice who is a magnetic live performer.
Jan captivates, moves and uplifts audiences around the world with her original songs, compositions and her mastery of boogie woogie.  ABC Music’s Winner of 5 Music Awards for her CDs and soundtracks, she plays festivals and concerts throughout Australia, NZ and Europe, tours her own shows (Productions), writes music for film and TV, and composes and performs for Silent Movies. Joining Jan at Bluesfest 2016 will be the sultry voice of local Annandale resident Margeaux Rolleston.

  • 5:00pm – 5:45pm
    The Pigs

Unashamed bluegrass sinners, The Pigs, have been spreading their supercharged hillbilly pop around Australia and the world for over 12 years. Their ability to turn hit pop songs into downright foot-stompers is legendary and their kooky original anthems like Macho Moisturiser and Hey Christina are sung from Berlin to Bendigo. Following three celebrated albums, international tours, Golden Guitar nominations and a trip to the dentist, 2015 saw the release of their iconic Aussie album, 'The Pigs Home Brew' and the crazy national tour that ensued, including major festivals, regional theatres and TV appearances - even singing “Ita” to Ita Buttrose (she loved their shiny teeth)!  This family, last name ‘Pig’, bring their good looks and hillbilly bluegrass sounds to Leichhardt Council’s Bluesfest in 2016.

  • 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Mental As Anything

Mental As Anything started off as students who put a band together to play blues, sixties pop, rockabilly, country and increasingly their own original compositions to fillin time at art school in Sydney Australia in the mid 1970s. Initially playing to students at parties pubs and Uni dances they caught the attention of new independent label Regular Records who in late 1978 sold out 1300 copies in a fortnight of the three track vinyl "Mental As Anything Plays At Your Party" with one track: "The Nips Are Getting Bigger" on everyone's radio over Christmas.  Mental As Anything with their two original lead vocalists Martin Plaza and Greedy Smith have been touring since the late 1970s honing the craft of performing their songs live and perfecting the art of just being Mental. Bring a picnic to this Free event on Sunday 10 April @ War Memorial Park.

Blue Fest poster 2016

Blue Fest map 2016

Charity of Choice

Our Charity of Choice for Blues Fest is the Fred Hollows Foundation.

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Help support the Fred on a Fiver campaign!  Sign the petition to get Aussie legend Fred Hollows on the five dollar note.

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    Previous Blues Fest events

    Have a look at images from the 2014 event below:

    2014 Image Gallery

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