BluesFest returns to London between Tuesday 29th October and Friday 1st November 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall. 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.
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, Bobby Womack, Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Chris Rea, The Ronnie Wood Band tribute to Jimmy Reed, and more.
Throughout the day, four rooms will feature a variation of one-off intimate sessions featuring James Hunter, Marcus Bonfanti, Georgie Fame, Huey Morgan, Dr Feelgood, and more.
Bluesfest will also celebrate the music of the recently departed legend, Bobby Bland with an All-Star line-up on the final evening including Van Morrison & Mick Hucknall.
For the line-up details as available please click here.
Plus a chance to see the instruments in action with sessions from a variety of emerging new talent such as Ben Montague.
Also confirmed is music journalist David Hepworth who will be conducting in conversation with interviews.
Tickets start from £30 for headline shows, with a separate adult Daytime Stroller ticket available priced at £10 and free Daytime entry for children
The idea of an international celebration of blues and jazz originated from the Marquee Club's enterprising young promoter Harold Pendleton, who played a key role in developing jazz and rock scenes in London, the original festival became a forerunner of today's Reading Festival.
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.
North America Guitars will showcase some of their instruments from their collection of handmade acoustic and electric guitars.
In addition the Royal Albert Hall will open its vault of memorabilia that includes rock and roll artefacts from Eric Clapton, The Stones, BB King, Muddy Waters and many more.
This event does not have camping but there are a number of hotels, hostels and guest houses in the area.
More information will be here when available.
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