35th Anniversary Bluesfest Byron Bay Fifth Artist Announcement

Bluesfest Byron Bay 2024 Australia news

Bluesfest’s fifth artist announcement today of BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS, supergroup INFECTIOUS GROOVES, KATIE MELUA and THE WAIFS, amongst others, adds more star power to an already stellar lineup.

BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS will be playing exclusively for Bluesfest, and INFECTIOUS GROOVES is a supergroup that includes Robert Trujillo on bass (Metallica), Mike Muir – on vocals (Suicidal Tendencies), Jay Weinberg on drums (Slipknot), Dave Kushner on guitar (Velvet Revolver), and Dean Pleasants on guitar (Suicidal Tendencies).

The best-selling British and European female artist in the 2000s, KATIE MELUA, returns to Australia for the first time in almost 20 years, and Aussie favourite BRAD COX won a Golden Guitar for ‘Top Selling Country Album of the Year’ last year.

Artists included in the fifth artist announcement are:
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (EXCLUSIVE)

Infectious Grooves (Robert Trujillo • Mike Muir • Jay Weinberg • Dave Kushner • Dean Pleasants)

Katie Melua
The Waifs
Brad Cox
Dirty Honey
Jerome Williams

Ben Swissa
Perry Street Park

Da Manager

Today’s announcement of BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS, combined with the already announced JACK JOHNSON, who are both playing exclusively, has a very Bluesfest feel about it and is the perfect addition to the 35th-anniversary celebration.

It’s our 35th birthday coming at Bluesfest, and it’s gonna be hot!
Not only is Bluesfest the most highly awarded festival in Australia, but it is also the only Australian festival to be nominated 9 times in the “Best International Music Festival” category, Pollstar Awards (USA). Bluesfest is Australia’s most awarded music festival and has been recognised as one of the TOP 10 Festivals of the Decade worldwide by industry bible Pollstar in 2021.

Peter Noble OAM – Festival Director

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