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The Dave Matthews Band among first five BluesFest acts (2015)

Story by Jack Foley

THE Dave Matthews Band are among the first five acts announced for this year’s Bluesfest (2015).

They will be joined by Grammy-winning blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band, British blues star Jo Harman, among others.

Following the runaway success of last year’s BluesFest, which saw in excess of 30,000 music fans descend on The Royal Albert Hall for an acclaimed, six-day celebration of blues, jazz, roots and soul, Live Nation have announced a three year deal that will see the festival return in November at a new London home – The O2 in North Greenwich.

Adopting a similar format to that used for this year’s event, the festival will incorporate concerts in the Arena, indigo at The O2 and Brooklyn Bowl each evening.

Running across three days from November 6–8, 2015, this will be the first time the world’s number one music and entertainment venue has hosted a blues festival and coincides with the fifth anniversary of BluesFest, which has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2011 with concerts at a range of small London venues including the 100 Club, Union Chapel and The Jazz Cafe.

Festival Director Leo Green: “This move is a clear statement of ambition from all involved in BluesFest. Having grown exponentially over the last four years, it became clear that it was time to find a new and bigger home to cater to the growing demand for BluesFest.

“We look forward to bringing some fantastic artists to The O2 in London this autumn and for years to come.”

Saturday November 7, 2015:
Jo Harman (Brooklyn Bowl)
Tedeschi Trucks Band (indigo at The O2)
Dave Matthews Band (The O2 Arena)

BluesFest 2015 takes place at The O2 from November 6 – 8. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, February 13.