Byron Bay's party of the year – a big success
Bluesfest director Peter Noble turns 60 in style, celebrates 43 years in the music business
For immediate release – Last Friday night, July 3rd 2009, the beautiful hinterland of Australia's eastern most point, witnessed what is already being called the "Byron Bay party of the year so far" by attending guests.
Local luminary Peter Noble, festival director of the iconic Byron Bay Bluesfest – reached the milestone of 60 years of age on July 2nd, and what a 60th birthday bash it was! Limousines picked up and dropped off every single guest to a breath taking property on Emerald Valley Farm in the Byron Shire for a (responsible) celebration that lasted well into the next day.
Guests flew in from all around Australia and the world, and from as far as London. Peter Noble's daughter even flew in unexpectedly from the United States to surprise her dad. Old and new friends alike paid tribute to Peter with Glenn Shorrock performing all his fantastic Little River Band hits. Glenn was matched only by superb Byron locals The Old Spice Boys who impressed with their extraordinary live repertoire which uses just a ukulele, a tea-chest (one-string) bass and a solitary snare drum.
Founding members of Sherbet and 10cc were also in attendance, and quote of the night came from Sherbet's original vocalist, Dennis Laughlin – who played with Noble in their first band, Clapham Junction, before going on to Sherbet and to eventually manage ACDC. Speaking about their first band, Dennis said, "You know, we were only 17, but we were making twice as much as our dads!"
Peter Noble said, "It was wonderful to be surrounded by such tremendous friends and musicians from all the different eras of my life. We worked out I've been in the music industry for 43 years – and I'm still standing!
"Of course we partied hard, but had no noise complaints and achieved an impressive 75% to 80% recycling rate in line with our Bluesfest environmental philosophies. I have to add we were still trying to get all the musos out by 11am the following morning for their afternoon flights back to Melbourne!"
Other industry guests included Bill Hauritz and Rhoda Roberts, also directors for the Woodford Folk Festival and The Festival of the Dreaming respectively.
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