BluesFest 2013 announces that Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Chris Rea are all confirmed for a celebration of music inspired by the Blues. BluesFest takes place at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 29 October - Friday 1 November. This is the first full scale music festival of its kind to be hosted at the venue. Performances taking place not just in the main auditorium, but also in other spaces around the Hall during the daytime.
Throughout the day, four rooms will feature a variation of one-off intimate sessions featuring blues & soul inspired acts; James Hunter, Marcus Bonfanti, Georgie Fame, Huey Morgan, Dr Feelgood. Renowned music journalist David Hepworth will be conducting an in conversation with... David chats to influential, passionate and renowned music fans, artists and broadcasters and shares their 'ultimate vinyl collection' in an intimate and stunning surrounding. North America Guitars will showcase some of the finest instruments around from their unique collection of handmade acoustic and electric guitars. Plus a chance to see the instruments in action with some exclusive BluesFest sessions from a variety of emerging new talent such as Ben Montague. In addition the Royal Albert Hall will open it's incredible vault of memorabilia from an unrivalled history that includes rock and roll artefacts from Eric Clapton, The Stones, BB King, Muddy Waters and many more.
In the evening there will be two concerts, taking place in the early and late part of the evening in the main auditorium, headlined by Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Bobby Womack, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chris Rea and other Artists.
Bluesfest will also celebrate the music of the recently departed legend, Bobby Bland - this promises to be an unforgettable evening with an All-Star line-up on Friday Nov 1st.
Continuing the festival theme, there will be various food and bar stalls, merchandise and stands all open throughout the day, it is the only opportunity for visitors to see the Royal Albert Hall host an event in this way and is a must for lovers of live music.
Festival director Leo Green says "I am thrilled that BluesFest London 2013 line-up includes some true icons of Blues & Soul, as well as some of the greatest artists the following generations have to offer. We look forward to welcoming you all to the Royal Albert Hall for a superb BluesFest London 2013".
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 19 July and start from £30 for headlines shows, with a separate adult Daytime Stroller ticket available for £10 and free Daytime entry for children.
Bluesfest Line Up:
Tuesday 29 October
Daytime Stroller 1.00pm Doors: Ray Gelato Giants, Oli Brown Band, Matt Schofield Band, Smoove & Turrell, Nate James
6:15 Doors: Tedeschi Trucks Band & Special Guest Mavis Staples & Her Band
10.30pm Doors: Bobby Womack
Wednesay 30 October
Daytime Stroller 1.00pm Doors: James Hunter Six, Dr Feelgood, Marcus Bonfanti Band, Jo Harman, Natalie Williams, Liane Carroll
6.45 Pm Doors: Van Morrison
10.00 Pm Doors Pm Show: Gregory Porter & His Band
Thursday 31 October
Daytime Stroller 1.00pm Doors: Royal Southern Brotherhood, Georgie Fame, Ian Seigal, Ben Poole, World Party
6.45 Pm Doors: Chris Rea
10.00pm Doors: Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters
Friday 1 November
Daytime Stroller 1.00pm Doors: Huey Morgan & The New Yorkers, Cerys Matthews, Nell Brydon, The Motives Feat. Matt Taylor, Jess Roberts
6.45 Pm Doors: All Star Tribute To Bobby Bland
Now in its third year, BluesFest has seen the likes of BB King, Robert Cray, Dr John, Jamie Cullum, Booker T, Tom Jones, Erykah Badu and Southside Johnny take to the stage for some mind blowing performances. 2013 is set to be the event's biggest year to date!