Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 Fifth ‘Christmas’ Lineup Announcement

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 had well and truly blown away the competition, reigning tall as not only the self-admitted “greatest Bluesfest ever,” but as the most spectacular music event of 2014. Not enough for the organisers, their fifth Christmas-time lineup announcement has added Jeff Beck, KC & The Sunshine Band, Gov’t Mule, Chali 2na, Seth Lakeman, and more to the Bluesfest 2014 bill!

The first lineup brought punters the likes of John Mayer, John Butler Trio, and Erykah Badu, while the second announce delivered The Doobie Brothers and Gregg Allman, the third yielded Jack Johnson and Elvis Costello, and with the fourth came Buddy Guy, Jake Bugg and plenty more.

Now the fifth lineup announcement kicks off with the quintessential “guitar player’s guitar player,” Jeff Beck. Hailed as arguably the world’s greatest living guitarist and a continuing inspiration to generation after generation of musicians, this will be Jeff’s second stint at Bluesfest.

Disco legends KC And The Sunshine Band were previously announced for a string of official Bluesfest sideshows and will now be bringing their booty-shakin’ vibes, which they’ve been channeling since 1973, to Bluesfest proper, hauling 40 years of on-the-road experience in tow.

Fronted by singer-guitarist Warren Haynes, a member of legendary Southern rock band The Allman Brothers since 1989, Gov’t Mule are making their first trip to Australia in 14 years, and will be appearing at Bluesfest in addition to their sideshows with Gregg and Devon Allman.

The WAR movement began in 1969, when ex-Animals singer Eric Burdon released the now classic album Eric Burdon Declares WAR. 45 years later, they are icons of rock and roll, still playing an unmistakably eclectic and infectious mix of funk, rock, blues and roots music.

Australia’s own Kate Miller-Heidke will also be making an appearance. Commanding one of the most unique voices in any genre, Kate first turned heads with her 2007 debut, Little Eve, and now stands as one of the country’s most treasured modern songwriters and a respected performer.

Rounding out the Christmas announcement are Afrobeat masters Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Sly & Robbie and The TAXI Gang, who will be performing with Bitty Mclean, US country singer Jason Isbell, the mighty Chali 2na of the Jurassic 5 crew, and UK folk singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman.

Readers can check out the full Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 lineup below. Stay tuned to all the Bluesfest 2014 news at our special Feed right here!

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 Lineup – Christmas Announcement

Jeff Beck

KC & The Sunshine Band

Gov’t Mule


Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Sly & Robbie and The TAXI Gang feat. Bitty Mclean

Jason Isbell

Chali 2na

Kate Miller-Heidke

Seth Lakeman


John Mayer

John Butler Trio

Dave Matthews Band

Erykah Badu

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Iron & Wine

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Devendra Banhart


Gary Clark Jr.

KT Tunstall

Allen Stone

Valerie June

Nikki Hill

Doobie Brothers

Aaron Neville

Gregg Allman

Boz Scaggs


Suzanne Vega

Steve Earle & The Dukes

Dr John & The Nite Trippers

Jamaican Legends Feat. Ernest Ranglin, Sly & Robbie, Bitty McLean

Jimmie Vaughan

The Wailers


CW Stoneking

Larry Graham & Graham Central Station

Grandmothers of Invention

The Magic Band

Robben Ford

The Paladins

Music Maker Foundation Feat. Pat Wilder, Cool John Ferguson, and Little Freddie King

Jack Johnson

Elvis Costello & The Imposters


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Kasey Chambers

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes

Trixie Whitley

The Soul Rebels

RocKwiz Live

Buddy Guy

Jake Bugg

The James Cotton Blues Band

Booker T. Jones

Charlie Musselwhite

Eric Bibb

Beth Hart

North Mississippi Allstars

Devon Allman

Walter Trout

Candye Kane Band feat. Laura Chavez

Saidah Baba Talibah

Easter Long Weekend – 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st April, 2014

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, North of Byron Bay, NSW

Tix: Via Official Byron Bay Bluesfest Website or Ticketmaster

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