Royal Albert Hall has the blues. The iconic London venue is hosting BluesFest in October, featuring Robert Plant and his new band along with Bobby Womack, Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more.
Scheduled Oct. 29 through Nov. 1, BluesFest marks the first time Royal Albert Hall has been home to a full-scale festival of its kind.
Here’s a look at the evening schedule:
Tedeschi Trucks Band, along with very special guest Mavis Staples and her band play the early show Oct. 29, followed by a late show with Bobby Womack.
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Van Morrison takes over the early show slot Oct. 30, with the late show featuring Gregory Porter and his band.
Oct. 31 has Chris Rea playing the early show and Robert Plant Presents Sensational Shape Shifters closing out the night.
On the agenda for the Nov. 1 early show is an all-star tribute to the late Bobby Bland, an American blues/soul singer who died in June. The lineup has not yet been revealed. The same goes for the Nov. 1 late show performer.
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Intimate sessions will be held in four rooms throughout the day featuring acts including James Hunter, Marcus Bonfanti, Georgie Fame, Huey Morgan and Dr. Feelgood.
North America Guitars will be there to show off some of its handmade acoustic and electric guitars. Emerging acts such as Ben Montague will demonstrate what those instruments can do as part of a few exclusive BluesFest sessions.
Fans will get the chance to check out Royal Albert Hall’s vault of memorabilia including artifacts from the likes of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Muddy Waters.
And what is a festival without F&B? BluesFest will have a variety of food and bar stalls, along with merch stands.
“I am thrilled that BluesFest London 2013’s lineup includes some true icons of blues & soul, as well as some of the greatest artists the following generations have to offer,” festival director Leo Green said. “We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Albert Hall for a superb BluesFest London 2013.”
A presale for Live Nation members begins July 18. Tickets go on sale to the general public July 19.
For more information visit BluesFest.Co.UK