Bluesfest 2020 has recently dropped perhaps their biggest bombshell yet by announcing Lenny Kravitz as headliner for next year’s event.
The four-time Grammy-nominated artist will be bringing his blend of rock, funk, blues and soul to Bluesfest, alongside recent announcements The Waterboys and Jimmie Vaughan – both performing exclusively at the three day event, Eagles of Death Metal, Tal Wilkenfeld, Zucchero, Ani Difranco, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, Amadou & Mariam, The Allman Betts Band, Yola, Joachim Cooder and Steve ‘n’ Seagulls.
They will be joining Dave Matthews Band, Crowded House (exclusive Australian performance), Patti Smith and her Band, George Benson, John Butler, Xavier Rudd and many more for a full weekend of rock, roots and blues that is sure to be unrivalled in this country.
To welcome Lenny Kravitz and show our appreciation, we have compiled a list of 11 Reasons Why You Should Go Bluesfest’s Way next Easter as interpreted through his eleven albums and songs from each.
Let Love Rule (‘Flower Child’)
Nestled at Tyagarah Tea Farm, just ten minutes north of Byron Bay, Bluesfest is situated amongst the tranquil beauty of a part of New South Wales that is yet to be fully affected by the trappings of big city life. The area is spacious and accommodating and provides a beauty and ambience that perfectly aligns with the musical spectacular that it hosts each Easter.
Mama Said (‘It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over’)
With the widely reported demise of live music festivals in Australia, Bluesfest can lay claim to being the longest-running event on the annual calendar. Since humble beginnings in 1990, Bluesfest has solidified its reputation as the most diverse music extravaganza in the country, supporting both local, national, and international artists. With a strong focus on nurturing homegrown talent and providing them with the opportunity to play to a large audience, organisers continue to grow not only the Australian music scene but also provide a comfortable environment for fans to enjoy their music.
Are You Gonna Go My Way (‘Believe’)
Starting off as a one-day music event, Bluesfest has continued to believe and grow to the point where the festival is now held over five days with over 200 performers. Belief in themselves, music, and the needs and demands of the music-loving public has seen the festival grow from a community event to a national showcase with each year drawing a higher quality of artists than the one before.
Circus (‘Rock & Roll Is Dead’)
If that is true then the organisers and the punters certainly aren’t listening. With an assortment of rock, roots and blues acts from all over the globe, people are voting with their feet and supporting what is a current resurgence of live, rock music.
5 (‘Super Soul Fighter’)
With acts such as Jimmy Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother), Walter Trout, The Cat Empire and Brandi Carlisle, the emphasis on soul and music with heart and feeling has never been more evident. While there is breath, there is life, and the beautiful and soulful sounds resonating from each stage of Bluesfest will be enough to soothe even the harshest of souls.
Lenny (‘Born to Play’)
This is for Lenny Kravitz himself. The American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist has been master of his domain since bursting onto the music scene in 1989. He has sold 40 million albums worldwide and brings three decades of dominance to a line-up already bristling with big names and talent.
With past line-ups including Canned Heat, Bondi Cigars, The Hippos, Mal Eastick, Dave Hole, Renee Geyer, Billy Thorpe, Chain, The Black Sorrows, The Cruel Sea and a host of other Australian and New Zealand bands, Crowded House will play their first Australian show in three years at Bluesfest 2020. This will be an exclusive performance in the country, marking yet another landmark celebration for festival organisers.
It’s Time For A Love Revolution (‘Dancin’ Til Dawn’)
With more than 200 performers over three days, festival-goers can either dance until dawn or take comfort in the camping grounds provided for ticket holders. Numbers in the camping area are limited so make sure you enquire as soon as possible to ensure success.
Black and White America (‘Rockstar City Life’)
You might never get the chance to actually be a rockstar but Bluesfest gives you the chance to party like you are. In the past celebrities such as Matt Damon, Jason Momoa and Chris Hemsworth have all been spotted in the crowd so you never know who you will end up dancing beside!
Strut (‘Happy Birthday’)
This year Bluesfest celebrated its 30th birthday and has almost single-handedly kept the blues, rock and roots live music scene alive. In excess of 125,000 people come to Byron Bay from all over the world to be a part of Bluesfest and with such a committed following there is no reason why a 50th celebration will become a reality.
Raise Vibration (‘We Can All Get Together’)
No matter what style of music you like or what your background is, Bluesfest provides a safe and uniting environment in which to enjoy your music. With food, camping and entertainment all in the one area, Bluesfest is not only a celebration of music, it is a celebration of life.
Bluesfest 2020 runs from 9 to 14 April. For more information and tickets, visit bluesfest.com.au.