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.
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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