Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015 continues to expand, adding 14 new acts to their lineup in a third announcement. Next year’s Easter long weekend event now includes The Gipsy Kings, who will be in Australia as part of their 25th anniversary world tour, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, a reunited Jurassic 5 and blues legend John Mayall.
Festival organisers have also announced Michael Franti‘s Soulshine. With Michael Franti & Spearhead already on the lineup, Soulshine is a concert featuring Franti and Spearhead plus SOJA and Trevor Hall. They’ll also be a pre-concert yoga session accompanied by Franti and some of his mates.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble says the third lineup adds some musical diversity to the primarily blues and roots event, with the latest group of acts covering hip hop, swamp rock, gypsy flamenco rhythms, and some southern rock and soul.
These latest additions to the bill join the second wave of Bluesfest 2015 acts, which included Ben Harper and his reformed backing band The Innocent Criminals. Others artists already on the lineup include The Black Keys, Paolo Nutini, Gary Clark Jr, Alabama Shakes, and Ben Howard.
Bluesfest 2015 takes place at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm near Byron Bay. The festival runs for five days from Thursday, 2nd April to Monday, 6th April. Keep an eye on Music Feeds as more acts are announced, according to Nobel we’re only about halfway through. Full lineup and festivals details below.
UPDATE 17/12/14: Bluesfest has added another 11 acts to its 2015 lineup. View the updated lineup, below.
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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Justin Townes Earle
Declan Kelly Presents Diesel n’Dub (Featuring Emma Donovan, Alex Lloyd, Pat Powell, Radical Son, Tony Hughes)
Blue King Brown
The Beautiful Girls
Karl S. Williams
The Gipsy Kings (feat. Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo)
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones
JJ Grey & Mofro
Tony Joe White
Music Maker Foundation (feat. Cool John Ferguson, Little Freddie King, Alabama Slim, George Stancell)
Michael Franti‘s Soulshine
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Gary Clark Jr
Playing For Change
The Black Keys
Zac Brown Band
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
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Mariachi El Bronx
G. Love & Special Sauce
Band Of Skulls
+ more to be announced