Byron Bay Bluesfest

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals


Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are coming back to Bluesfest for a very special Bluesfest-only exclusive performance. Ben Harper is one of Bluesfest’s favourite sons whose first appearance at Bluesfest was 23 Bluesfest’s ago way back in 1996. Will return with his legendary band The Innocent Criminals. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals who last appeared back in 2015 when Ben put the Innocent Criminals back together for a special Bluesfest appearance – and he is doing it again for our 30th Birthday. This promises to be a powerful performance that is not to be missed by any true fan.

Beginning with his 1994 debut, Welcome To The Cruel World, Ben Harper began his career by releasing a string of eight studio albums over a decade and a half. This extraordinary run, featuring the Innocent Criminals, established him as a singularly powerful songwriter and performer with range across multiple genres and an unmatched ability to blend the personal and political. The accolades poured in – Rolling Stone hailed his "jewels of unique and exquisitely tender rock & roll," while Entertainment Weekly praised his "casual profundity," and Billboard said his music "reminds us of the power and beauty of simplicity." Massive, international sold-out tours, Top 10 debuts in the US, Gold and Platinum certifications worldwide, and a slew of TV appearances cemented Harper and the band's status as genuine global stars.

Ben Harper’s history with Bluesfest is very special - This will be his sixth appearance with the Innocent Criminals and twelfth appearance overall. Since his first appearance back in 1996 he has grown to be one of Bluesfest’s favourite sons. There’s always a special place at the Bluesfest for Ben Harper – and without fail – Ben Harper always delivers a something special for Bluesfest. Welcome home Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.

Playing Days
Saturday 20th April, 2019


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