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Federal election 2022: Jimmy Barnes’ son David Campbell defends Anthony Albanese over Byron Bluesfest ‘booing’

Jimmy Barnes’ son has leapt to Anthony Albanese’s defence saying his rock legend father thought his appearance at his concert went down well with the crowd, despite the chorus of booing.

Mr Albanese took to the stage at the Byron Bluesfest on Sunday to introduce Barnes and received a mixed response from the crowd, with some booing and others cheering.

But the cheers became louder when the Labor leader mentioned his arts policy and his promise for Indigenous constitutional recognition.

Jimmy Barnes performs at Bluesfest in Byron Bay after being introduced by Anthony Albanese
Camera IconJimmy Barnes performs at Bluesfest in Byron Bay after being introduced by Anthony Albanese. Credit: Twitter/Twitter

Taking to Twitter, David Campbell, who is also a singer and co-host of Today Extra, said he had spoken with his father who insisted he’d invited Mr Albanese to the festival because he had an arts policy “which aligns with what my dad thinks the entertainment sector of this country needs”.

“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,” Campbell wrote.

Jimmy Barnes performs at Bluesfest in Byron Bay after being introduced by Anthony Albanese
Camera IconJimmy Barnes on stage at Bluesfest. Credit: Twitter/Twitter

“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.”

At the festival, Mr Albanese promised that, if elected, he would commission a feasibility study to look at expanding ABC’s Double J radio station into regional areas.

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