Lenny Kravitz To Headline Bluesfest Opening Night

UPDATE 27/02/15: Lenny Kravitz has cancelled his upcoming Australian tour, including his headlining set at Bluesfest. Festival organisers say they are working on a replacement act. See refund options, here.

The Bluesfest 2015 lineup just got hotter with the addition of rock icon Lenny Kravitz, who will headline the festival’s opening night. The Are You Gonna Go My Way singer will be joined on stage by his full 16-piece band, for a celebration of rock, funk and soul.

Organisers have noted that Lenny Kravitz’s appearance at Bluesfest 2015 will be his only show north of Sydney, suggesting other Australian Kravitz shows are yet to be announced. Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble has shared his excitement about Kravitz’s addition to the Bluesfest lineup, and said that there is even more excitement to come.

“It has taken us years of negotiations and now, one of my dreams as a Festival Director, is about to come true,” Noble said. “Lenny Kravitz has the hits – the charisma – the show. He is one of the greats of the modern Rock era… We still have more incredible artists to announce yet, so keep watching out!”

Lenny Kravitz will make his Bluesfest debut as part of the world tour for his 10th studio album, Strut. His trip down under will only be his third in more than 20 years, and will see him join an impressive Bluesfest lineup which already includes the likes of The Black Keys, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Ben Howard and Jurassic 5, to name a few.

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 full lineup are available below.

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

Watch: Lenny Kravitz – New York City

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

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

+ 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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