Remarkable young Irish roots musician Hozier, whose Grammy-nominated anthem Take Me to Church launched a broadside against institutional homophobia, will play Bluesfest this year.
The powerful video of the song has been viewed more than 47 million times on YouTube and the single is number two on the Australian and New Zealand charts, number three on the US Billboard charts and has just returned to the UK top 10.
Fellow Irishmen The Waterboys are also on the bill for the first time in their 30-year career. They will be performing songs from their brand new album Modern Blues, recorded in Nashville, as well as their usual Waterboys fare.
Kiwi institution Fly My Pretties are currently selling out gigs around their home country and will be playing their first ever Bluesfest this year.
Country Music Association’s best new artist of 2012, Hunter Hayes, is also joining the lineup. At just 23, he’s the youngest artist to ever to have been nominated for three Grammys at the one awards in that year and has gone on to sell more than four million recordings.
Also on the latest lineup announcement are: California alt-rockers Switchfoot; world-renowned guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and producer Vasti Jackson; award winning multi-instrumentalist James ‘Super Chikan’ Johnson; American-born, Australian music legend, Diesel; virtuosic guitarist and dynamic songwriter Jeff Lang; America’s foremost harmonica virtuoso, Phil Wiggins together with Backsliders’ guitarist and vocalist Dom Turner; the final performance of Sydney afro-latin-rockers Watussi; North Carolina’s new queen of soul, Nikki Hill; and Celtic punk-rockers The Rumjacks, playing for the first time at Bluesfest.
Full details, Bluesfest playing schedule and tickets are available at www.bluesfest.com.au.