Ben Harper et les Innocent Criminals à l’affiche du Byron Bay Bluesfest

Ben Harper et les Innocent Criminals font partie de la deuxième vague d’artistes annoncés pour le Bluesfest 2015.

L’équipe du Bluesfest avait laissé entendre que la version 2015 du festival accueillerait « one of the world’s biggest bands », les amoureux du Bleusfest ne devrait pas être déçus.

Ben Harper, est un des artistes favoris du festival , jouant pour la première fois au Bluesfest en 1996 et y jouant à 8 reprises.

Voici les artistes qui viennent s’ajouter aux précédents noms déjà révèlés: Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Ben Howard, Counting Crows, Gary Clark Jr, Angelique Kidjo, Jimmy Cliff, Mavis Staples, Dispatch, Ruthie Foster, The Beat, Keziah Jones, Sheppard and Playing for Change.

Le Directeur du festival, Peter Noble, n’arrive pas à cacher son excitation, avec cette deuxième liste d’artistes confirmés:

« Ben Harper, Paolo Nutini, David Gray et Ben Howard représente une belle affiche exceptionnelle. Chacun est un artiste unique, brillant, dans son propre style musical. »

Voici quelques unes de ses déclaration, en anglais:

« This is starting to shape into one of the great Bluesfest artist bills and we have plenty of artists still to go in future announcements. »

« You join Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals with Bluesfest and it’s a very special bond: it was way back in 1996 when the Festival broke the news that this band was important and in return, their huge success showed us (Bluesfest) the way forward to booking the style of event the festival is famous for today and one that has been copied all over the world. »

« I am very honoured that Ben Harper chose the first major global performance of the Innocent Criminals Reunion to occur at Bluesfest. »

« Bluesfest is their spiritual home and the last time the band performed officially was in 2007 and it was in 2008, when they decided to take a break. »

« They did one impromptu unannounced performance – at Bluesfest in 2011 to the astonishment of their fans – who came expecting to see the Relentless 7. What an unexpected performance, it was pure magic. »

« I remember that night in 2011 well: It was all so last minute, to a point where their percussionist bought a djembe drum from a busker in the street in Byron Bay- the home of Bluesfest- for the performance, as he hadn’t brought one with him. »

« It really was so special for everyone – the audience couldn’t believe that they were seeing, perhaps the most influential band to EVER play Bluesfest, back on our stage unannounced and hearing the songs they love once again. »

« I recall the band’s celebrations in the dressing room, after their truly great show, going most of the night – they were all so thrilled to be back together again. »

« What an honour that they chose Bluesfest to reunite and do their first official performance – save for a couple of warm up dates in a club in San Francisco. »

« We have had so many magical moments at Bluesfest – this is surely going to be up there with the best. »

Voici la liste des artistes déjà annoncés pour jouer au Bluesfest 2015: The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti & Spearhead, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Paul Kelly présente the Merri Soul Sessions featuring 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, et Rockwiz Live.

Le Bluesfest se tiendra du jeudi avril 2 au lundi 6 avril 2015, quelques jours seulement après leurs 4 concerts au Fillmore Auditorium de San Francisco (voir: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Réunis en 2015.)

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