Freo gets stellar dose of blues
Jimmy Cliff at the festival yesterday. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

West Coast Blues 'n' Roots celebrated its 10th birthday at the weekend, treating 35,000 music fans to a star-studded line-up at Fremantle Park.

From crowd favourite Chris Isaak and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant on Saturday to Ben Harper, Carlos Santana and 71-year-old Paul Simon yesterday, fans were spoilt for talent.

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The event is known as one of Australia's most laid-back festivals and it was easy to see why. In temperatures about the high-20s, families enjoyed the show from picnic rugs and the free cardboard chairs while security guards looked for something to do.

Sunset Events and Chugg Entertainment held this year's edition on two stages over two days with more than 30 acts.

Organiser Michael Chugg said, fittingly, it was the biggest crowd of the past 10 years.

"It cost a hell of a lot to get this line-up together and the quality of music has been incredible," he said. "Everyone's raving about Robert Plant.

"We were up against the derby, a bike ride and the sculptures at Cottesloe - don't let anyone tell you nothing happens in Perth."


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