Today Bluesfest, held over the 5 Day Easter Long Weekend from Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th of April 2015 adds another superb array of artists to its ever-growing festival bill. The 26th Annual Bluesfest will be held at its custom built event site at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay.
Bluesfest Announce # 6 includes:
SWITCHFOOT • HUNTER HAYES
FLY MY PRETTIES
MUSIC MAKER PRESENTS SUPER CHIKAN AND VASTI JACKSON
DIESEL • JEFF LANG
PHIL WIGGINS & DOM TURNER
WATUSSI FINAL PERFORMANCES
NIKKI HILL • THE RUMJACKS
Peter Noble, Festival Director shares his excitement about the latest artist release:
“We have such an exciting sixth announcement in what is a watershed year for Bluesfest. A genuine new superstar of Blues & Roots music - Hozier, Celtic legends The Waterboys, New Zealand's all-star music collective Fly My Pretties on their first ever Australian festival appearances, lots of great new Blues artists, and to top it off - Country Music's hottest new artist, Hunter Hayes.
As I am writing, I note that Hozier's platinum selling single 'Take Me To Church', is No 2. on the Australian and New Zealand charts, No. 3 in the US Billboard charts and has gone back into the Top 10 this week in the BBC singles chart. 'Take Me To Church' is the most viral song on Spotify in the past 12 months with over 87,000,000 streams and 47,000,000 views of the video on Youtube. 'Take Me To Church' is nominated for ‘Song of the Year', at the next Grammy Awards in February. The video for 'Take Me To Church' portrays a homophobic backlash against a young gay couple in Russia who flee an angry mob and is a protest against President Putin signing into law a 'discriminatory' ban on the spread of gay 'propaganda'. Hozier says the song is a metaphor with him, comparing his love of a fellow human being to religion and its constraints. The song is about humanity and asserting yourself through an act of love.
Hozier is definitely NOT your everyday hit single musician. He hails from Bray, County Wicklow in Ireland, his father is a Blues musician and he is undoubtedly the most important Roots musician to emerge from Ireland in decades.The album Hozier is top 10 in the US, UK & Australia, and has returned Roots music styles to the top of the charts where it belongs. 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.
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.
The Waterboys, led by the inimitable Mike Scott have produced an eclectic mix of Rock N’ Roll and Irish Folk Music now for the past 30 years and will be making their first Bluesfest appearance. Their song, 'The Whole of the Moon', is simply one of the greatest songs ever written, a classic which has gone to the top of the UK charts twice. The Waterboys new album released in January 2015, Modern Blues, was recorded in Nashville and contains a number of R&B tracks as well as the more usual Waterboys fare.
Are Fly My Pretties a New Zealand Supergroup? Well, they certainly are a group of Super Musicians. Led by The Black Seeds’ Barnaby Weir and formed in 2004, they are a collective, generally featuring members of The Black Seeds, Fat Freddy's Drop and Phoenix Foundation. Their albums have gone to No 1. in New Zealand and their sell-out tour of theatres in their home country continues through the current 'Homeland Tour’, promoting their new CD release 'Homeland'. Fly My Pretties are a Kiwi institution and will be performing their debut festival performances in Australia…stay tuned for the announcement of who is going to be in this first ever Bluesfest edition of FMP's.
Hunter Hayes is a phenomenon, he is the youngest artist to EVER top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and is the youngest artist to EVER be nominated for 3 Grammy Awards at the same Grammy Awards in 2012. He won the Country Music Association award for Best New Artist of 2012, has sold well over 4 million recordings of his albums and smash single 'Wanted', is a genuine arena headliner in the US, plays 30 different types of instruments, is coming to Australia for the first time AND is only 23 years old. Hunter, who is from Breaux Bridge Louisiana is the real deal, a genuine Cajun prodigy AND....to top it all off, Hunter just won the People’s Choice Awards last week - Best Male Country Music Artist of 2014.
We certainly have the Blues covered in this announcement with Vasti Jackson and Super Chikan filling out our Music Maker group for 2015. Both of these players are at the top of their game. Super Chikan is Big Jack Johnson's nephew, is the actor Morgan Freeman's favourite Blues musician, plays that Northern Mississippi gritty hard Blues style and is the recipient of the Blues Awards 'Best Traditional Blues album' for 2010. Vasti Jackson may well be the best Blues performer - who is not a household name - playing today.....miss him at your peril.
We also have the Backsliders Dom Turner touring with the traditional Blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins in a Down Home duo and both Diesel & Jeff Lang rounding out the Aussie Blues performers, as well as the incendiary Nikki Hill returning, after igniting our 25th Bluesfest with her Rockabilly style – I can't wait to hear her versions of AC/DC classics.
We are going to get to dance one last time to Watussi - Australia's Best Latino band are about to do their last Salsa at Bluesfest - their Afro Columbian Roots Rock sound is an infectious groove...you simply cannot sit down when they play. Led by Oscar Jimenez and chosen by Santana to support him on tour in Australia, they have dominated the Latino genre over the past decade. If you have heard them before, then you know this is a don't miss...if not, don't miss your last chance to hear them.
We are now putting the final slatherings on the 2015 Bluesberry cake, with a few more surprises up our sleeve - this just may be our best serving yet.”
Bluesfest playing schedule is available on www.bluesfest.com.au.
All festival and camping tickets are on sale through www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the office on 02 6685 8310.