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Stunning Bluesfest 2013 Line-Up Announced

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Gregory Porter Pic Mavis Staples Pic Bobby Womack Pic Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks. Pic copyright: Simon Redley Tedeschi Trucks Band CD Cover Pic

BluesFest 2013 announces that Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Chris Rea and other big name artists are confirmed for a celebration of music inspired by the Blues. BluesFest takes place at London’s 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 and others. Music journalist David Hepworth will be conducting "in conversation with" sessions. David chats to influential, passionate and renowned music fans, artists and broadcasters and shares their 'ultimate vinyl collection' in an intimate surrounding. North America Guitars will showcase their 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.

The Royal Albert Hall will open it̢۪s 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, 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 "Blue" Bland. This promises to be an unforgettable evening with an All-Star line-up on Friday Nov 1st.

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". 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 acclaimed performances.


Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday 19 July. www.livenation.co.uk
www.royalalberthall.com
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
Words SIMON REDLEY

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