Hozier, Switchfoot Among Latest Bluesfest 2015 Lineup Additions

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:


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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