More Acts Join Bluesfest 2015

Hozier, Switchfoot and The Waterboys feature in festival’s sixth lineup announcement.

Robert Whiteby Robert White


Already boasting more than 60 acts and some incredible international guests, Bluesfest 2015 has dropped a sixth lineup announcement featuring another 12 artists.

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier and US alt rock outfit Switchfoot lead the latest list of lineup additions, joining notable guests The Black Keys, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Australian exclusive) and Lenny Kravitz in Byron Bay this April.

Also added to bill are The Waterboys, Hunter Hayes, Fly My Pretties, Music Maker Presents Super Chikan and Vasti Jackson, Diesel, Jeff Lang, Phil Wigging and Dom Turner, Watussi (final performances), Nikki Hill and the Rumjacks.

The 24-year-old Hozier’s self-titled debut album has featured in international top 10 charts since its September release and Bluesfest director Peter Noble is excited to be adding yet another round of prominent artists to the Easter long weekend (April 2-6) festival.

“I am so excited to be bringing to Bluesfest an artist I believe is truly important, and who is fast becoming someone who the music world will look to, both now and in the future for truly inspiring music,” Noble said of Hozier.

“To be presenting Hozier, Paolo Nutini AND Ben Howard at Bluesfest 2015 means we will have on our stages, truly the best emerging artist from Ireland, Scotland AND the UK right now at the one festival – it’s simply breathtaking.”

A host of Bluesfest sideshows were also announced on Tuesday, including a whopping 17-show stand by surf rock musician Donavon Frankenreiter and gigs by reggae act SOJA, JJ Grey & Mofro and Dispatch. Catch all the latest tour information at

Bluesfest 2015 Sixth Lineup Announcement:

The Waterboys
Hunter Hayes
Fly My Pretties
Music Maker Presents Super Chikan And Vasti Jackson
Jeff Lang
Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner
Watussi (Final Performances)
Nikki Hill
The Rumjacks

Lenny Kravitz
The Gipsy Kings (feat. Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo)
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Jurassic 5
John Mayall
Keb Mo
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones
JJ Grey & Mofro
Tony Joe White
Jon Cleary
Trevor Hal
Serena Ryder
Jake Shimabukuro
Music Maker Foundation (feat. Cool John Ferguson, Little Freddie King, Alabama Slim, George Stancell)
Michael Franti‘s Soulshine
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Paolo Nutini
David Gray
Ben Howard
Counting Crows
Jimmy Cliff
Mavis Staples
Gary Clark Jr
Ruthie Foster
The Beat
Keziah Jones
Playing For Change
The Black Keys
Zac Brown Band
Alabama Shakes
Michael Franti & Spearhead
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions feat Dan Sultan, Kira Puru, & Vika And Linda Bull
Xavier Rudd and The United Nations
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Beth Hart
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Mariachi El Bronx
G. Love & Special Sauce
Pokey Lafarge
Band Of Skulls
Rockwiz Live
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Augie March
Donavon Frankenreiter
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Justin Townes Earle
Declan Kelly Presents Diesel n’Dub (Featuring Emma Donovan, Alex Lloyd, Pat Powell, Radical Son, Tony Hughes)
Ash Grunwald
Blue King Brown
The Beautiful Girls
Steve Smyth
Karl S. Williams

+ more to be announced

Thursday, 2nd April – Monday, 6th April 2015
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay NSW
Tickets: Byron Bay Bluesfest | Moshtix | Ticketmaster

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