Awkward moment Anthony Albanese is met with deafening BOOS as he takes to the stage at Byron’s Bluesfest to introduce Jimmy Barnes – before cheering fans battled to silence the critics

  • Anthony Albanese has received several boos from revellers at Blues Festival
  • The Labor Leader was at the event to introduce rock legend Jimmy Barnes
  • The initial cold welcome soon turned into cheers as he hinted at arts funding

Anthony Albanese has walked onto the stage at Bluesfest to a mixed reaction from the crowd, with many booing the Labor leader’s sudden appearance. 

The opposition leader was brought onto the stage to introduce rock legend Jimmy Barnes at the festival in Byron Bay on Sunday night. 

Mr Albanese was initially met with deafening boos from revellers before receiving  cheers as he promised a funding boost for the arts sector and got Barnes to the stage to perform.

Anthony Albanese has walked onto the stage at Bluesfest to a mixed reaction from the crowd, with many booing the Labor leader’s sudden appearance

Mr Albanese initially came on stage to boos from revellers in the crowd at Byron Bay Blues Festival on Sunday

Mr Albanese initially came on stage to boos from revellers in the crowd at Byron Bay Blues Festival on Sunday

The announcer introduced Albanese as ‘the man that represents the working class people’ as he asked festival-goers to give the Labor leader a ‘world-class welcome’. 

Albanese approached the stage to boos, telling the crowd it was ‘great to be at Bluesfest’.

He then acknowledged the traditional owners of the land at Byron Bay. 

‘I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land in which we meet, pay my respect to elders past and present and what we want is to recognise First Nations people in our constitution.’

The decry from revellers eventually quietened down before erupting into applause and cheers as Albanese hinted at arts funding if his party was elected into government and he brought Barnes onto the stage.

‘Australians have been magnificent over the last couple of years, and what we want is a government that backs the arts sector. So ladies and gentlemen, welcome Jimmy Barnes!’

The opposition leader later introduced rock legend Jimmy Barnes (pictured) onto the stage to perform

The opposition leader later introduced rock legend Jimmy Barnes (pictured) onto the stage to perform

The decry from festival goers eventually quietened down before erupting into applause and cheers as Albanese hinted at arts funding if his party was elected and he brought Barnes onto the stage

The decry from festival goers eventually quietened down before erupting into applause and cheers as Albanese hinted at arts funding if his party was elected and he brought Barnes onto the stage

The reaction to Albanese’s appearance comes as public support for the Labor leader has plummeted following several election blunders.

The surprising new poll revealed support for Labor has dropped by four points from 38 per cent as Prime Minister Scott Morrison‘s popularity regains momentum.

Primary support for the Coalition government rose by one per cent by 35 per cent as Mr Morrison’s personal approval soared.

He has retaken the lead from Mr Albanese as Australia’s preferred prime minister and has seenhis popularly rise by two cent cent in the last fortnight to 38 per cent.

Mr Albanese’s popularity has plunged from 37 per cent to 30 per cent following a string of gaffes in recent days and now has five weeks left to change voters’ minds.

Support for Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (pictured with partner Jodie in the NSW far north coast town of Bangalow on Sunday) has plummeted in the last fortnight

Support for Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (pictured with partner Jodie in the NSW far north coast town of Bangalow on Sunday) has plummeted in the last fortnight

Up to 27 per cent of voters surveyed admitted they’re uncommitted of who they’ll vote for on May 21, a six per cent increase from a fortnight ago.

The latest poll conducted by Resolve Strategic for Nine newspapers surveyed more than 1,404 voters.

‘Every trend has gone the Coalition’s way in this latest poll – vote, leadership, policy, performance – so the electorate is judging that the government won the first week of the campaign,’ Resolve director Jim Reed said.

‘The calling of the election has moved voters from judging the government’s term to a choice between the parties and particularly their leaders. It was incredibly damaging for Albanese to trip up on critical issues at precisely that point.’ 

Around 44 per cent of voters surveyed believed Mr Morrison was doing a good job  as Prime Minister while 47 per cent rated his performance as poor.

His performance rating of minus 3 points is a significant improvement on the minus 14 recorded two weeks ago.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's popularity is back on the rise as he and his wife Jenny greeted children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s popularity is back on the rise as he and his wife Jenny greeted children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

When asked about the opposition leader, 35 per cent said Mr Albanese was doing a good job while 44 per cent rated his performance as poor, which saw his net rating slump from minus four points to minus nine.

It’s been a week of embarrassing gaffes for Mr Albanese in the first seven days on the campaign trail.

The campaign got off to a bad start last Monday when Mr Albanese admitted to reporters he didn’t know the current unemployment or the Reserve Bank cash rate.

Several days later, he was forced to clarify that off-shore immigration centres would remain after he earlier declared he would turn back people smuggling boats. 

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