Producer and host Graeme Doyle (from the LIVE ROCK REPORT) came up with the idea following his first trip to Bluesfest in 2018, and he's enlisted his fellow festival-goers JASON (NODDY) VELLELEY from Aussie Music Weekly and RUFUS ONFIRE from the Music Almanac to help out.
Graeme says: "We had such an awesome time. The bill was incredible and the event was so well run, comfortable and safe. Because Noddy was interviewing performers and I was lucky enough to have a photographer's accreditation, we got a small glimpse behind the scenes of this massive festival. I thought a repeat visit could make a great story for community radio when the event came around a year later".
This series of 1-hour shows features great music, as well as interesting feature stories presented by Graeme, Noddy, and Rufus - Graeme explores the festival industry in Australia, the big numbers generated by Bluesfest, and tells of his experience taking photographs in the media contingent; Noddy interviews Australian performers Shaun Kirk and Caiti Baker, looks at the indigenous mini-festival "Boomerang", and profiles the event promoter Peter Noble AO; and Rufus tells us about festival headliners Ray LaMontagne, Nathaniel Rateliff and Ben Harper, looks at the history of the event, and dives into the creative scene in and around Byron Bay.
And the series has been selected for national syndication on the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia's COMMUNITY RADIO NETWORK. This is the first time in 10 years that one of Triple H's shows has been syndicated, and only the second time in its history.
Graeme says: "It's a real honour to have our show syndicated. The work the CBAA does in fostering community stations like Triple H is invaluable, and for Road To Bluesfest to be available to listeners right around the country makes me really proud".
You can listen to THE ROAD TO BLUESFEST on Triple H 100.1FM on Wednesday nights at 9.00PM throughout April. You can also stream our station to hear the show on www.triplehfm.com.au, or use a smartphone radio app like TuneIn. Follow the show on facebook at www.facebook.com/roadtobluesfest.