A proud "word nerd" since childhood, Jess Martyn studied journalism and advertising at university, and completed countless internships during her degree. She interned at local newspapers and agencies, (slightly desperately) cold-emailed marketing execs in search of opportunities, and finally discovered music journalism. She began writing for AAA Backstage in 2015, progressed from intern to editor within six months, and eventually made the transition to The Music, first as a live reviewer, then as a features writer. Writer by day and musician by night, Jess has also been performing in venues around Brisbane since her early teens, including several regular venues on the northside. She is working on a string of singles and an eventual full-length album under the name ‘Blue Jay’.
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“Once you stop seeing cowboy hats and boots, probably turn around and walk the other way.”
"There really was no other path – there was no other thing that I was good at my entire life other than doing music."
All the action from the final day of Bluesfest Byron Bay 2023.
Day four of Bluesfest was another massive day of talent punctuated by the classic Bonnie Raitt and the new skool Tash Sultana showing why musicality is transcenent of generations.
Day three saw Counting Crows, Jackson Browne and another complete day of discoveries and favourites at Bluesfest 2023
Day two of Bluesfest was another amazing celebration of music with highlights from Gang of Youths, Spinifex Gum and Yirrmal.
Did day one of this year's Bluesfest deliver?
“I’ve got the sweatiest testicles in Brisbane right now."
“F*ck, it’s nice to be back.”
"A performance that felt like a party"