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Bluesfest Byron Bay Launches with 2015 first line-up announcement

| 2 September 2014 | Reply

Bluesfest Byron Bay Launches with 2015 first line-up announcement

The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band & Alabama Shakes lead the 1st of a sensational series of Bluesfest announcements!

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015

Today, Bluesfest Byron Bay, the multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held annually over the Easter Long weekend just north of Byron Bay (EVENT DATES: Thu 2nd to Mon 6th of April, 2015) releases its first round of artists of what is going to be a series of sensational headlining announcements to be rolled out in the lead up to the 2015 Festival.

Announcement #1 features a beautifully selected choice of artists ranging from International heavyweights, National treasures to returning favourites plus some exceptional artists who will be making their Bluesfest debut in 2015.

The 26th Annual Bluesfest is now truly on its way with 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, 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 – and many more to come!

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR PETER NOBLE said “We never have anything less than great announcements at Bluesfest – I think this time around we are making one of our best so far – as the Festival Director I am thrilled to be announcing The Black Keys, the Zac Brown Band & the Alabama Shakes as the very first headliners, as well as a stellar group of artists that make up this first announcement.

In 2015 it will be 9 years since The Black Keys have performed at Bluesfest and 6 years since Dan Auerbach performed solo, back then you could see them in your ’Local’ when they toured. Now, they have had one of the most defining recordings of the decade in El Camino (2011), a platinum selling album which brought them superstar status and made The Black Keys become one of the major bands in music today, selling out arenas all over the world and headlining festivals. Since 2011 they have won 7 Grammy Awards alone.

“The new album Turn Blue was released April 14. It debuted at number one in the US and Australia Album Charts, the band’s first record to top the album charts in either country.

“Rest assured: Dan Auerbach’s voice and guitar prowess added to Patrick Carney’s unique talent on the drums lays the foundation for an unforgettable Friday night headline slot at Bluesfest 2015.

“If you came to Bluesfest in 2013 you will remember the genius of the Zac Brown Band. They are the fifth highest concert grossing band in the US right now grossing over $1.1M nightly. Only Cher, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Paul McCartney are in front of them. (Source: Pollstar Magazine 29th of August 2014). They have a staggering 6.5M+ Facebook members and have won 4 Grammy Awards so far.

“What I admire about this truly great American band is that they have never tried to fit any kind of popular mould. They entertain their audience with a great mix of Country, Bluegrass, Rock and even some Metal and it’s difficult to name just one highlight during their performance, as there are so many. No doubt that the Zac Brown Band will take Bluesfest by storm once again in 2015!

“We are getting excited now because it’s a Bluesfest first for the Alabama Shakes but they certainly left their mark when they last came to Australia in 2013. We have tried so hard to get them back and guess what – we have – for 2 Bluesfest plays. Their fans will be rejoicing – and they will leave our shores with many thousands more who will agree – the Shakes are destined for greatness. They have a great story – so check ’em out. This band is on fire.

“Paul Kelly is coming with his Merri Soul Sessions featuring Dan Sultan, Kira Puru & Vika & Linda Bull – every one of these great artists are Bluesfest favourites. To have them all performing on stage together in concert is going to be orgasmic – or at the least – stupefyingly brilliant.

“But there’s more – another Bluesfest favourite –Xavier Rudd will be debuting his brand new band – The United Nations. Featuring musicians from all over the world – including musicians from Indigenous Australia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa and more performing his new album.

“George Clinton is a legend – no he is much more – he is a bedrock artist – a true originator who stands equally beside James Brown, Sly Stone and no one else as the creators of Funk music. His famous statement of the music he created – ‘get on the one’ meaning get on the first beat – not the second – made funk music what it is today. There is no Funk music without George Clinton – it’s that simple – and it’s the funky truth.

“Ok, ok. We have all heard the stories about the Mothership Connection – and all those crazy funky cartoon characters who comprise Parliament/Funkadelic – all 22 of them on stage. Well get ready – here they come with their funky motto – ‘free your ass – and your mind will follow’. George and the gang will be performing their full show at Bluesfest – which can go for up to 3 hours.

“There are some great festival artists in the world…..for mine none greater than Michael Franti & Spearhead…when Franti – calls ‘How Ya Feelin’ to the audience – you know that true magic is about to happen – and the church of Franti will uplift the house to a spiritual release that is palpable. A Michael Franti & Spearhead concert is spiritual – it’s physical – it’s about life and loving life – it’s such a wonderful experience. We welcome Michael Franti and Spearhead back to Bluesfest for his second show in 2 years simply because – you can’t get enough of the best.

“Beth Hart played Bluesfest 2014 – people are still talking about those shows. She is just one of the best live artists performing anywhere today and it is an honour to have her return to Bluesfest 2015.Simply unmissable.

“Every artist in this announcement is just super cool baby – The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are the kings of Blues Rock.

“Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue are arguably New Orleans finest music export today. The last few years they have been selected to close the main stage on the final day of New Orleans Jazzfest, taking over from the Neville Brothers. This will be their 4th appearance at Bluesfest and they are back by popular demand.

“SOJA, an American Reggae Dub band and Rebelution, a Reggae Rock World Roots bandare the leaders in the US Reggae music movement of today. Between them they have an amazing 4.5M Facebook followers. SOJA is currently # 1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts this week and Rebelution is #3.

“G. Love & Special Sauce, Frank Turner& The Sleeping Souls, Band of Skulls, Pokey La Farge and the amazing Mariachi El Bronx round out the musical part of this incredible announcement.

“The cherry on the icing on this amazing Bluesberry cake is the return of RocKwiz featuring Julia, Brian, Dugald and all the team – plus very special guests for our listening, comedic and intellectual pleasure. You can even get to be a contestant – and maybe see yourself on television.

“WHAT AN ANNOUNCEMENT!

“As the great Otis Redding said – “you think we gonna stop now – we ain’t gonna stop now”

“This is only the first of many Bluesfest announcements to come. We are creating a churning whirl of burning funk for ya listening and dancing pleasure. Enjoy”

STOP THE PRESS – Added to this first announcement at the final hour is TRAIN!

“We told you we ain’t gonna stop now, and guess what we are not going to stop now! We are delighted to add US Roots based Pop band Train to our first artist announcement, who will be coming to Bluesfest for the first time” said Peter Noble.

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