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Robert Plant joins BluesFest 2016 line-up

Robert Plant

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is the latest act to be confirmed for this year’s BluesFest, which takes place at The O2 in London from October 28 – 30, 2016.

The star vocalist, widely regarded as one of the greatest rock and roll frontmen of all time, will join Bill Wyman on stage at The indigO2 on Friday, October 28 as part of the former Rolling Stones bassist’s 80th birthday concert.

This one-time-only performance will see Wyman joined by a selection of special guests – including Plant, Mark Knopfler, Mick Hucknall, Imelda May and many more – to perform the music that has influenced him throughout his life.

Running in association with American Express, BluesFest presents the very best artists from the worlds of blues, soul, rock and beyond.

Other performances confirmed to take place across the weekend include double bills from Van Morrison & Jeff Beck, Walter Trout & The Temperance Movement and Mary J Blige & Maxwell, as well as the first London show in six years from Paul Rodgers’ rock supergroup Bad Company.

BluesFest Director Leo Green commented: “This Bill Wyman concert is shaping up to be one of the gigs of the year.

“The addition of Robert Plant to an already monumental line-up is a clear indicator of the vast influence this incredible musician has had on the music world and we’re delighted that he’s chosen to celebrate this milestone birthday with us – who knows who else might turn up on the night to jump up on stage.”

The Bluesfest line-up to date…

Friday October 28

The O2 Arena:

Double Bill: Mary J. Blige & Maxwell

Indigo2 at The O2

Bill Wyman Birthday Gala Featuring Robert Plant, Mark Knopfler, Imelda May and Mick Hucknall

Brooklyn Bowl

Darrel Higham
JD & The Straight Shot
Big Boy Bloater

Saturday October 29

The O2 Arena

Bad Company & Richie Sambora

Brooklyn Bowl

Jo Harman
Lauren Housley
Hollie Stevenson

Sunday October 30

The O2 Arena

Double Bill: Van Morrison & Jeff Beck

Indigo2 At The O2

Double Bill: Walter Trout and The Temperance Movement

BluesFest 2016 takes place at The O2 from October 28 – 30. Tickets are available from www.livenation.co.uk and AXS.com.