Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Reform For Bluesfest 2015

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015 organisers have unveiled the festival’s massive second lineup announcement, which includes the revelation that their highly-anticipated “premiere reunion” is festival favourite Ben Harper reteaming with his band The Innocent Criminals.

The reunion will end a seven year break from performing together, and will be the group’s only Australian performance, with no sideshows to be announced. Harper is set to play with The Innocent Criminals once again in the US in March. He first played at Bluesfest in 1996, and has since played the festival another seven times, including a headline slot in 2013.

Other acts on Bluesfest 2015’s second lineup announcement include Paolo Nutini, Ben Howard, Counting Crows, Jimmy Cliff, David Gray, Mavis Staples and Gary Clark Jr. The first Bluesfest 2015 artist lineup was led by The Black Keys, The Zac Brown Band, Band Of Skulls, Alabama Shakes, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Paul Kelly.

Bluesfest 2015 will take place over five days, across the Easter long weekend from the 2nd to 6th of April, north of Byron Bay. Festival organisers have stated that even more acts will be revealed for the festival in the coming weeks. Lineup, ticket and location information are available below.

CORRECTION 14/10/14 1:53pm: Music Feeds and several other outlets earlier reported three additional artists had been announced as part of the festival, after an incomplete version of a Bluesfest poster was posted online. Bluesfest has confirmed those artists have not been officially announced as part of the festival. See the amended lineup below.

UPDATE 17/12/14: Bluesfest has added another 11 acts to its 2015 lineup. View the updated lineup, below.

Watch: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Reunite in 2015

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015

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

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

Second Lineup Announcement

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

First Lineup Announcement

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

+ 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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