Irish singer songwriter Hozier during his first ever performance in Byron Bay at Bluesfest 2015.
Irish singer songwriter Hozier during his first ever performance in Byron Bay at Bluesfest 2015. Marc Stapelberg

Bluesfest 2015 kicks off in style

Update 1am: Bluesfest organisers have announced via their Facebook page that the expected time to exit the festival grounds is currently 45 minutes. 

"There's been a bus tyre puncture holding buses and traffic. We appreciate your patience," said organisers.

Original text: IRISH singer songwriter Hozier got the star treatment by Bluesfest punters at the first day of music in this year's festival at Tyagarah.

Born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, 25, the Take Me to Church singer presented a solid show, accompanied by a cello player, keyboards, back up singers and drums.

Despite having only released three singles in Australia, the crowd was treated to a performance with the quality of a music star with decades of experience.

The multi-instrumentalist offered an accomplished and strong show, arguably the best of the evening.

Hozier will be performing again tomorrow Saturday.

The festival started with the Arakwal Opening Ceremony at 3.30pm, with big crowds arriving on time to the site to listen to Melbourne singer Shaun Kirk just after 5pm.

Among the crowds and away from the formal stages, local band Blues Skillets Brothers also entertained the punters.

They band will be offering three or four 20-minute pop-up performances around the festival area.

Hip Hop collective Jurassic 5 and Sydney band Sticky Fingers also attracted big crowds and helped to get punters in festival mode.

At 9pm, Philadelphia singer G. Love was joined on stage by fellow American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former professional surfer Jack Johnson, although Johnson is not officially performing at the festival.

Siblings Angus and Julia Stone sang the hits from their 2014 self-titled album, while Sydney band Boy and Bear offered their first live show of 2015 with crowds showing much love for both Australian bands.

At 10pm the rain started to fall over the festival site, but this did not stop the music or the dancing.

American reggae band SOJA offered a fun and energy-filled show.

SOJA will be performing again on Easter Monday.

Today, the line-up includes acts such as Alabama Shakes, British India, Beth Hart, Paolo Nutini, Jeff Lang, Nikki Hill, Train, Gary Clark Jr and Donavon Frankenreiter, among others.

For more details about the festival visit the Bluesfest website.