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BluesFest London 2013: Robert Plant and Van Morrison on bill

BluesFest London

Story by Jack Foley

BLUESFEST 2013 has announced 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 from Tuesday, October 29 until Friday, November 1. This is the first full scale music festival of its kind to be hosted at the venue.

Performances take 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 and Dr Feelgood.

Renowned music journalist David Hepworth will be conducting an in conversation with influential, passionate and renowned music fans, artists and broadcasters, while North America Guitars will showcase some of the finest instruments around from their unique collection of handmade acoustic and electric guitars.

There will also be 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 its 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, November 1.

Festival director Leo Green said: “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 are on sale now and start from £30 for headlines shows. A Daytime Stroller ticket is available for £10 and there is free Daytime entry for children. Visit www.royalalberthall.com to get yours.

The BluesFest line-up is as follows…

BLUESFEST LINE UP:

Tuesday, October 29

DAYTIME STROLLER 1pm doors: RAY GELATO GIANTS, OLI BROWN BAND, MATT SCHOFIELD BAND, SMOOVE & TURRELL, NATE JAMES

6:15pm doors: TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND & SPECIAL GUEST MAVIS STAPLES & HER BAND

10.30pm doors: BOBBY WOMACK

Wednesday, October 30

DAYTIME STROLLER 1pm doors: JAMES HUNTER SIX, DR FEELGOOD, MARCUS BONFANTI BAND, JO HARMAN, NATALIE WILLIAMS, LIANE CARROLL

6.45pm doors:* VAN MORRISON

10pm doors: GREGORY PORTER & HIS BAND

Thursday, October 31

DAYTIME STROLLER 1pm doors: ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD, GEORGIE FAME, IAN SEIGAL, BEN POOLE, WORLD PARTY

6.45pm doors: CHRIS REA

10pm doors: ROBERT PLANT PRESENTS SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS

Friday, November 1

DAYTIME STROLLER 1pm doors: HUEY MORGAN & THE NEW YORKERS, CERYS MATTHEWS, NELL BRYDON, THE MOTIVES FEAT. MATT TAYLOR, JESS ROBERTS

6.45pm 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!