The Royal Albert Hall will host its first full-scale music festival of its kind this autumn when BluesFest 2013 takes over the building.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 19 July
The festival will run from 29 October – 1 November and will feature some of music’s leading names including Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Chris Rea and Van Morrison celebrating music inspired by the blues.
BluesFest, now in its third year, will take over the entire Hall in a full festival format for the first time ever. During the day Daytime Stroller tickets will be sold, granting access to various spaces outside of the main auditorium, including the Elgar Room. These spaces will host a variety of one-off intimate sessions featuring blues & soul-inspired acts such as James Hunter, Marcus Bonfanti, Georgie Fame, Huey Morgan and Dr Feelgood, as well as question & answer sessions, tuition from top musicians, and much more.
Two auditorium concerts will be held each evening, featuring the headliners listed below. BluesFest will be the only opportunity for visitors to see the Royal Albert Hall host an event in this way.
TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER
Auditorium, 11pm: Bobby Womack
Auditorium, 7pm: Tedeschi Trucks Band • Mavis Staples & her Band
Daytime Stroller: Ray Gelato Giants • Oli Brown Band • Matt Schofield Band • Smoove & Turrell • Nate James
WEDNESAY 30 OCTOBER
Auditorium, 10:30pm: Gregory Porter and his Band
Auditorium, 7:30pm: Van Morrison
Daytime Stroller: James Hunter Six • Dr Feelgood • Marcus Bonfanti Band • Jo Harman • Natalie Williams • Liane Carroll
THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER
Auditorium, 10:30pm: Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters
Auditorium, 7:30pm: Chris Rea
Daytime Stroller: Royal Southern Brotherhood • Georgie Fame • Ian Seigal • Ben Poole • World Party
FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER
Auditorium, 10:30pm: TBA
Auditorium, 7:30pm: All Star Tribute to Bobby Bland
Daytime Stroller: Huey Morgan & The New Yorkers • Cerys Matthews • Nell Brydon • The Motives feat. Matt Taylor • Jess Roberts
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 19 July and start from £25 for headline shows. Daytime Stroller tickets are sold separately and are available for £10 per person. Booking fees apply except to personal callers to the Box Office.
Tickets will be available online at www.royalalberthall.com, by calling the Box Office on 020 7589 8212, or by visiting the Hall’s Box Office at Door 12.