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Delay makes for magic moment

A black curtain dropped to reveal Jones standing at the top of an elevated platform in a metre-high feather headpiece and singing the opening lyrics to her 1981 hit Nightclubbing.
A black curtain dropped to reveal Jones standing at the top of an elevated platform in a metre-high feather headpiece and singing the opening lyrics to her 1981 hit Nightclubbing. Contributed

AFTER making her fans wait more than 45 minutes, Jamaican singer Grace Jones finally graced the Bluesfest stage last night.

Festival goers who showed up at the end of the previous set to get a good spot waited more than an hour for the international headliner, whose performance was supposed to start at 9.45pm on the Mojo stage.

By 10.30pm people were leaving in droves and when there was a break in the pre-recorded music and the screens went black the crowd booed - a rarely seen reaction from the famously supportive Bluesfest punters.

No announcement was made during the delay but those who stuck it out were finally rewarded when the 62-year-old singer made a dramatic entrance at 10.45pm.

A black curtain dropped to reveal Jones standing at the top of an elevated platform in a metre-high feather headpiece and singing the opening lyrics to her 1981 hit Nightclubbing.

She went on to perform a theatrical and entertaining set of classic hits, tracks from her most recent album Hurricane and a few covers of Argentinian and French songs.

Her myriad costume changes included black feather and gold sparkling wigs, her signature blue disc headpiece and a white top hat and black sequin tuxedo jacket.

In contrast, BB King played a simple, no frills set for his first Bluesfest appearance. 
The 85-year-old American blues guitarist and singer songwriter remained seated during his 75-minute-long set but conversed with the crowd between songs.

Backed by his band, which included a sizable horns section, King played with an effortless coolness and showered punters at the end of his performance with guitar picks.

Today festival goers can look forward to international headliners John Legend and Michael Franti, and the first of two performance for American actor Tim Robbins and his group The Rogues Gallery Band.

Today’s line-up also includes Aussie favourites Wolfmother, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Byron locals Blackbirds.



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