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Hozier, Switchfoot Among Latest Bluesfest 2015 Lineup Additions

Written by James Arnold-Garvey on January 13, 2015

Byron Bay’s Bluesfest have already locked in over 60 acts for their 2015 lineup, and today they’ve dropped another huge round of additions, headed up by Irish singer-songwriter sensation Hozier. Also included in the sixth Bluesfest lineup announcement are US alternative rock outfit Switchfoot, Irish contemporary rockers The Waterboys, young rising US country star Hunter Hayes, and Aussie Afro-Latin favourites Watussi in their last-ever performances.

Other notable additions to the lineup, headlined by Lenny Kravitz, The Black Keys and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (in their only Australian shows), are NZ roots act Fly My Pretties, Vasti Jackson and Super Chikan filling out the festival’s Music Maker Presents group, Aus rock stalwart Diesel, Melbourne singer-songwriter and slide guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Lang, US harmonica legend Phil Wiggins performing with The Backsliders’ vocalist Dom Turner, as well as Nikki Hill and The Rumjacks.

Hozier is a big get for the Bluesfest team, with the 24-year-old indie rocker’s self-titled debut album currently sitting in top 10 chart positions across the world. Bluesfest director Peter Noble expressed his excitement in a statement. “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.

He added: “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.”

This is the second announcement from the Bluesfest camp this morning, after another round of sideshows from festival acts were announced. Bluesfest 2015 will be held over the Easter long-weekend, from Thursday, 2nd April to Monday, 6th April 2015, in Byron Bay’s Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. Festival details and the updated lineup are available below.

Watch: Hozier – Take Me To The Church

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015

Bluesfest 2015 Sixth Lineup Announcement:

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

…joining
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
Dispatch
Ruthie Foster
The Beat
Keziah Jones
Playing For Change
The Black Keys
Zac Brown Band
Alabama Shakes
Train
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
Rebelution
Soja
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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