In an early blog, our Creative Director Adrian Jackson flagged some programme changes with an evolutionary approach which included a number of 'cross-over' acts. This news was met by some with trepidation, "Why mess with the formula?". The simple answer is music festivals need to evolve or go the way of the dinosaurs. Far from detracting from our established jazz and blues credentials, this year's evolution only added value to a foundation of exceptional jazz and blues performances and opened an exciting platform for the future.
ABC's Radio National sum up the evolution very well in their post analysis of the festival which you can read HERE.
If you missed anything, another comprehensive summary of the performances by AusJazz Blog can be read HERE.
The other significant changes involved the relocation of the Community Stage to the Riverside Precinct and the new Hume Bank Garden Stage. The response by the public was magnificent and the new areas exploded with life. Check out some local snaps of the new spaces HERE.
The record books were 'unofficially' changed as we attempted the world's largest Diddley Bow Ensemble. What an extraordinary result and such a joy to see so many young people enjoying music, open to all its possibilities.
The weather certainly changed. Fortunately the thunderstorms which had threatened all week held off as festival goers tentatively emerged to enjoy some glorious weather in the open air spaces. The inevitable torrent hit late on Sunday but by that time a couple of late venue changes meant no music was missed.
We witnessed a changing of the guard as we congratulated Sam Anning who finished ahead of a stellar group of finalists to win this year's National Jazz Award. We wish Sam and all the finalists wonderful careers ahead.
So this year will be remembered for many changes and ultimately some wonderful successes which auger well for the future of our festival. With that we turn our attention to 2016 and whilst there may not be as many changes next year we certainly have an invigorated foundation on which to build the next chapter in our great festival. Stay tuned for more news.
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