London’s Bluesfest returns this year and the organisers have just announced two superstar acts for the line-up, with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Irish singer songwriter Van Morrison added to the bill.
Both will perform full sets on Friday 26 October at The O2. Neither requires much introduction, having released some of the most influential and powerful music of the last 60 years. Plant has already played Bluesfest as a special guest in 2016 and returns with his band, Sensational Space Shifters, to perform classic Zeppelin material alongside tracks from his acclaimed solo and collaboration projects. His latest release, Carry Fire, is his eleventh solo album and released late last year to critical acclaim.
Van Morrison has also played the festival previously and promises a career-spanning set, including music from his new studio album You’re Going to Drive Me Crazy, released later this month (27 April). The album is a collaborative effort with jazz instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco delivering new interpretations of jazz and blues standards. It will also mark his third album in near enough six months, as he shows no signs of slowing and continues to add to his already stellar back catalogue.
The duo, who first shared a stage over 50 years ago, will be supported on the night by Colin MacLeod, and join John Fogerty who is performing a Credence Clearwater Revival greatest hits set, and Steve Miller Band on the bill. The festival runs from Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 October and continues to celebrate some of the biggest and most impactful artists in blues and rock history.
Tickets available HERE.
Words: William Sutton
Photo: Dan Massie