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Festival line-up update: Bluesfest, Øya and more

By | Published on Wednesday 17 July 2013


So, as Oslo’s attractively-placed Øya, which is headlined this year by Blur, The Knife, Kraftwerk, Kendrick Lamar and Slayer, shares listings for its city-wide ‘night-time itinerary’, what else have we to say re festival news? Leading today’s headlines is the London-based BluesFest, an azure sea of the bluest bluesmen featuring Robert Plant (and his post-Zep band, the Sensational Shape Shifters) Van Morrison, Bobby Womack and friends.

Says the festival’s director Leo Green: “I am thrilled that BluesFest London 2013 line-up includes some true icons of blues and soul, as well as some of the greatest artists the following generations have to offer. We look forward to welcoming you all to the Royal Albert Hall for a superb BluesFest London 2013”.

Superb. Full stats on that, plus additions to Belladrum Tartan Heart, Bloodstock Open Air, and, brand new to the capital, the all-French-artists-all-the-time event OohLaLA!, as listed:

BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART, Belladrum Estate, Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland, 2-3 Aug: The 1975, Nina Nesbitt, Talisman, The Leonard Jones Potential, The Elephant Sessions, High Life Fiddle Forte, Camp Stag, Dingus Khan, Miniature Dinosaurs, Birdhead, Furry Vengeance, Fat Suit.

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, Derbyshire, 8-11 Aug: The Phil Campbell All Star Band, Wraith, Awake By Design, Incassu,, The Bastard Sons.

BLUESFEST, Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 Oct – 1 Nov: Robert Plant’s Sensational Shape Shifters, Bobby Womack, Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Chris Rea, James Hunter, Marcus Bonfanti, Georgie Fame, Huey Morgan, Dr Feelgood, Ben Montague.

OOHLALA!, Village Underground, London, 21-24 Oct: ROVER, Melissa Laveaux.