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Thu 31st Oct at 1:00pm
BluesFest 2013 - Daytime Stroller
@ Royal Albert Hall, London
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BluesFest 2013 - Daytime Stroller: Royal Southern Brotherhood + Georgie Fame + Ian Siegal + Ben Poole + World Party
BluesFest 2013 has confirmed Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples and Chris Rea for a celebration of music inspired by the Blues.
BluesFest takes place at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 29 October – Friday 1 November and 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; renowned music journalist David Hepworth will be conducting an in conversation with... ; North America Guitars will showcase some of the finest instruments around from their unique collection of handmade acoustic and electric guitars; plus there's a chance to see the instruments in action with some exclusive BluesFest sessions from a variety of emerging new talent such as Ben Montague.
In addition the Royal Albert Hall will open its 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, taking place 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 Bland - this promises to be an unforgettable evening with an All-Star line-up including Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall on Friday November 1st.
Fresh from touring with The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood will be closing BluesFest 2013. Last year Ronnie Wood brought the house down with an incredible celebration of the legendary Chess Records. This year promises to go one step further, as Ronnie and his band return to perform a special tribute to one of the most influential bluesmen of all time – Jimmy Reed. Ronnie will lend his boisterous riffmanship and incisive vocals to some of his favourite Jimmy Reed tracks in an incredible grand finale to BluesFest.
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.
Tickets start from £30.00 for headline shows, with a separate adult Daytime Stroller ticket available for £10.00 and free Daytime entry for children.
Five-piece "supergroup" of blues-infused artists from New Orleans, featuring Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton. “The music these men make together draws on their richly various experience - funk, blues, hard rock, reggae - as individual artists, but it’s blended into a single tightly focused form of timeless Southern expression known as blues-rock, and they play the living hell out of it” – John Sinclair
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The legendary keyboardist/vocalist with his much loved blend of jazz and rhythm & blues. Georgie Fame has enjoyed a varied career for over 50 years, criss-crossing the musical boundaries of pop, rock'n'roll, jazz, rhythm & blues and swing.
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Ian Siegal has been called a "national treasure" (Classic Rock). Yet he considers that he has only just got started! In 2013 he collected multiple British Blues Awards (taking his tally so far to 7), the European Blues Awards winner for male vocalist, and a US Blues Music Awards nomination for his album, Candy Store Kid. He is known as a bluesman, but whatever he might be singing, one thing is for sure: he takes command of the stage in a manner very few contemporary artists can equal.
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Inspired by the Blues, infused with a hard hitting, "in-yer-face" rock approach and topped-off by virtuoso musicianship, Ben Poole is being talked of as "the" new up-and-coming UK Blues guitarist; one of the finest to have emerged in Europe for years. Having already played with, and received critical acclaim from some of his heroes; legendary blues artists including Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and John Mayall, at just 22 years of age it appears that there is no stopping this young and incredibly gifted musician.
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World Party came into being in 1986 as the solo project of former Waterboys keyboard player Karl Wallinger, carrying the torch for intelligent pop and outstanding live musicianship. The group has amassed five critically acclaimed albums so far, including the Grammy nominated Goodbye Jumbo, (Wallinger's take on Carl Jung) which won the first ever Q Magazine "Album of the Year" award in 1990, and a series of hit singles, most notably "She's the One", written after the death of Wallinger's mother, and subsequently recorded by Robbie Williams, earning Williams a No.1 and Brit Award.
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Venue: Royal Albert Hall
Enquiries: 020 7589 8212
Bookings: 0845 401 5034
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