Not only do we think Bluesfest is awesome. Festival industries think so too. Bluesfest received 2013 and 2014 Best Contemporary Music Festival at the Helpmann awards and the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest is looking promising. Here are some acts SK club reporter Asha Jefferies is looking forward to seeing:
A popular act at Bluesfest, Michael Franti & Spearhead are an inspiring band, bringing joy to audiences one wholehearted performance at a time. With a genres ranging from hip hop to jazz to reggae fusion, get ready to dance your rocket-boots off. Check out this live video at them on the Bluesfest stage in 2011.
There’s said to be some “favourites old and new such as ‘Say Hey (I love You)’, ‘I’m Alive’, ‘Everyone Deserves Music’, ‘The Sound of Sunshine’, ’Hey Hey Hey’, and ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ plus a few Michael Franti surprises as well.
It happened, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals have officially reunited after a seven year break. Not only that, but they’re bringing it back to Bluesfest. With a diverse mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music, this legendary performance will be one to remember being the bands only performance in Australia – with no other shows to be added.
Winning the Bluesfest busking competition last year, Eddie Boyd & the Phataphillars will take it onto the big stage this year. The trio of men from the Sydney Blue Mountains are said to sound similar to Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and The White Stripes. With shredding acoustic guitar playing and loud booming vocals from Eddie, bass player Sandy Clarke and Andy Nielson on drums creates an electrifying, passionate and captivating performance.