Robert Plant, Van Morrison Headline London’s BluesFest
Robert Plant and Van Morrison will headline BluesFest London this fall.
The event will mark the first time a full-scale festival has been held at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. Performances will be divided into Daytime and Evening schedules, and will take place Tuesday, October 29 through Friday, November 1.
Other artists that will appear throughout that time include Bobby Womack, Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Gregory Potter and his band, and an all-star tribute to Bobby Bland. The legendary Memphis bluesman Bland passed away late last month.
“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 in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Albert Hall for a superb BluesFest London 2013.”
Tickets for the event are sold separately for each day, as well as each portion of the day. Entrance to the daytime events are £10 per day, and each of the “Early Evening” and “Late Evening” portions of the schedule range from £25 to £150 per ticket per day. There seems to be no information on whether any bundles are available, or if all tickets have to be purchased separately. Tickets go onsale tomorrow, July 19.
The Royal Albert Hall was envisioned by Prince Albert as a “Central Hall” of London, and was commissioned by Queen Victoria. It opened in March 1871 and has served as a multipurpose space since that time. Concertgoers will be able to check out the venue’s extensive memorabilia collection, which includes pieces from the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and more.
In addition to the main auditorium, performances also will take place in various intimate rooms around the venue throughout each day.