Review: 2019 West End Blues Festival

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  • Wednesday, 06 November 2019 18:27
8 Ball Aitken (left) and Blind Dog Donnie performing at 2019 West End Blues Festival. 8 Ball Aitken (left) and Blind Dog Donnie performing at 2019 West End Blues Festival. Image © Simon Audus

West End in Brisbane was a-jivin’ with the blues, Saturday 26 October, at the first ever West End Blues Festival.


The sold-out event had the AHEPA Hall bulging at the seams, peaking for a set by a local icon, the legendary Blind Dog Donnie.

High energy-addict 8 Ball Aitken even made a cameo on Blind Dog’s set before ripping it up with his own fierce band, including Mr Zed Charles himself and Dillion James, whose band then closed out the night.

Punters were thrilled with the evening, turning up early for shows by Simon & the Colonel, Shakes Fear and the Skeleton Gang and Mojo Webb.

The bright, feminine energy of the day was supplied courtesy of Angela Fabian, who showed us all why ‘I Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues’.

The evening was one, big celebration of blues and its revival in West End. Organiser Dillion James is already planning to grow it for next year. It’s gonna rock!

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