Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
The much anticipated reunion of BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS at Bluesfest on Easter Sunday (April 5) will go into history as one of the major events on the 2015 Festival calendar. It is going to be the bands ONLY performance in Australia with NO other shows to be added. It’s exclusive as can be and Bluesfest is truly honoured to welcome back BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS after their 7 year break!
Festival Director Peter Noble says: 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.