THERE’S nothing wrong with slow dancing or a bit of PDA, according to American RnB singer John Legend.
The Bluesfest headliner delivered a soulful performance late last night, telling the audience : “It’s all right to slow dance Byron Bay. Turn off your Blackberry for a minute, turn on your John Legend for a minute, get a little closer to your baby and slow dance.”
He also declared there was nothing wrong with “ a little PDA, you know, public displays of affection”.
He then invited one lucky woman from the audience, named Rebecca, to slow dance wit him on stage. After serenading the clearly star-struck fan, he presented her with a rose.
Backed by three amazingly beautiful singers, Legend played his hits including Blame Game, Hard Time and Let’s Get Lifted.
Earlier in the evening, British songstress and one-half of musical duo Frou Frou Imogen Heap captivated Bluesfest punters with an intimate and interactive set.
Heap shared stories of inspiration and failed dates in between layered arrangements of strings, looped voice samples and percussion.
The centre piece of the stage was a clear acrylic piano filled with fairy lights behind which sat a large golden gong.
Wireless face and wrist microphones helped to capture the myriad of instruments, such as chimes and water-filled wine glasses, that Heap played during her hour-long set.
She asked the audience for help with a three-part harmony, over which she sang an a cappella version of her song Just For Now.
She also played a new song, Lifeline, which was written in collaboration with fans who submitted lyrics, sounds and images online. It was only the second time she had played the song live, with the first being in Singapore last week.
She told the crowd the song was the first from her new concept album, for which she will record and release one track every three months.
Film star Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band also attracted a large crowd for their first of two sets.
Kasey Chambers and Wolfmother keyboardist Ian Peres were both spotted soaking up the atmosphere after their sets.
Today festival goers can look forward to Aussie headliners The Cat Empire, Gurrumul and Washington on the Mojo stage and Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Blind Boys of Alabama with Aaron Neville on the Crossroads stage.
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