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Federal Election 2022: Jimmy Barnes’ son clears up Albo’s appearance on Bluesfest stage

Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes’ son has sought to set the record straight on Anthony Albanese’s appearance at Byron Bay Bluesfest.

The Opposition Leader on Sunday attended the music festival in the NSW Northern Rivers region, where his reception was either mixed, or that of a rock star, according to varying media reports.

Mr Barnes’ son, David Campbell, on Monday afternoon aimed to clear the confusion, saying he had spoken to his father following reporting of the event and subsequent social media commentary.

“Albo was definitely a guest of the event and most certainly NOT a gatecrasher. Albo was invited and welcomed because he has an Arts policy which aligns with what my dad thinks the entertainment sector of this country needs,” Mr Campbell said on Twitter.

Mr Albanese received boos from some members of a raucous crowd on Sunday night after the MC mentioned the Federal election and introduced him to the stage, where he welcomed Mr Barnes’ act.

Other guests cheered and the cheers grew louder as Mr Albanese spoke on stage about Labor’s arts policy and its commitment to an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Camera IconMr Albanese received boos and cheers on Sunday night in what Mr Barnes’ son described as a ‘classic switch’. Toby Zerna Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconRock icon Jimmy Barnes took to the stage after being welcomed by Mr Albanese. Toby Zerna Credit: News Corp Australia

Mr Campbell said on Monday the “booing was because the band were on stage, the crowd were pumped and ready to rock”.

“When the ‘working class man’ was announced, Albo came on. Classic switch. There were a few boos, but more cheers,” he said.

“My dad added that most support acts get booed, as do most politicians at these events – but from where he stood, Albo went over really well with the crowd.

“Most importantly, he told me, after Albo left the stage, the gig was massive and everyone had the best night. Which, when you are at Bluesfest, after two years of cancellations, is the most important outcome!”

Mr Albanese received a warm welcome from other festival-goers earlier on Sunday as he arrived at Blues Fest, which returned over the Easter weekend after two years of COVID-19 cancellations.

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