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Bluesfest ticket holders see red

Paul Kelly performing at the 2010 Splendour in the Grass at Woodford in Queensland.
Paul Kelly performing at the 2010 Splendour in the Grass at Woodford in Queensland. JAY CRONAN

AS THE line-up grows for Bluesfest 2011, so do the cheers. But as with anything there are also a few grumbles along the way.

It’s not the line-up itself that’s drawing grizzles from the punters, it’s the sixth day and its fantastic line-up.

“If any artists are only appearing on the sixth day it definitely feels like we as five-day holders are being punished for being too eager and not waiting,” posted Andjel on the Bluesfest website’s forum.

Heading the sixth day line-up, in his second slot on the schedule, is Bob Dylan.

Elvis Costello and Grace Jones have also taken up the offer, but it’s the addition of Paul Kelly and Tim Finn, who only play that day, that has annoyed punters online.

“I know that my husband and I bought the five-day tickets because it guaranteed an opportunity to see every artist,” nadiavenus posted on the forum.

Festival director Peter Noble said the world-class acts billed for day six warranted an extra cost and those who didn’t want to pay were “tight arses”.

“There’s always some people who want something for nothing,” he said.

“You’re not going to see every act on the bill. It’s Bluesfest, that’s the whole point. You can either park yourself at a stage and see the whole show, or you can move around. At the end of it you’re going to say ‘damn I missed seeing them’, that’s Bluesfest.”

There are others who are happy to fork out the extra cash ($159 for the single adult pass) for a chance to see not only the big guns, but also any up and comers along the way.

“I bought a ticket to day six as soon as I spotted it on the website ... It’s a no brainer ... An extra day is an opportunity to see some more artists I haven’t already seen, or to see more of what I like,” TheLoneRanger posted.

The latest line-up announcement incl-udes Little Feat, Fishbone, Kim Churchill and Grace Woodroofe.

Day six kicks off from 2pm until 10pm and tickets are still available from www.bluesfest.com.au


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