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Soul Band gets a dose of the Blues

Lismore students get a chance to join music legends as part of festival lineup.

Katarina Wellings, Sandra Kweka and Toby Crosthwaite

Kadina high students Katarina Wellings, Sandra Kweka and Toby Crosthwaite rehearse in preparation for their performance at Bluesfest.

A group of northern NSW high school students is determined to have a case of the Blues during the Easter weekend.

Students from The Rivers Secondary College, Kadina High Campus, near Lismore, will be part of the line-up at the Byron Bay Bluesfest along with legendary musicians such as Iggy Pop and Paul Kelly.

The students are taking part in the local area high school showcase – now in its 10th year – which was initiated by Kadina High Campus Principal Ian Davies with the Bluesfest organisers.

The internationally recognised Bluesfest celebrates its 30th birthday this year, and Mr Davies said the school’s Soul Band was thrilled to be at the party.

“The band is made up of four students from Year 8 to Year 11, and they’ll be entertaining the crowd at the Juke Joint Stage from midday on Easter Monday – an absolute top slot,” Mr Davies said.

“It’s an unforgettable and wonderfully motivating experience for them: the quality and variety of the music they’ll hear, and being with so many people, including their idols, who’re all mad keen about the same thing.

“All the schools taking part are indebted to Peter Noble for his support as managing director of the festival.”

The school’s connection with the Bluesfest also extended to entertainment students lending technical support to last weekend’s Grommets Busking Competition.

The competition, of which Mr Davies is one of the judges, brings wannabe musicians aged under 18 from across Australia to vie for one of three performance slots at the festival.

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