Bluesfest London 2018 Announces First Wave Of Artists
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Kicking off this year’s BluesFest at the 02 on Thursday 25 October 2018 will be a pairing that guarantees an evening of inspired and characterful singing and exciting musicianship but moreover SONGS. John Fogerty of course came up with original string of hits by Creedence Clearwater Revival fusing rock and roll, folk, blues, swamp rock, gospel country and voodoo. Chicago’s Steve Miller has had one of the most varied musical journeys of them all, from the early albums (a lot of songs recorded in London, too) such as Children Of The Future, to a collaboration with Paul McCartney, another with Eric Johnson, the enduring Fly like An Eagle, the chugging Abracadabra, the trippy Macho City and many more. Never too far from his beloved blues roots, Steve delivers as he always has.
Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty, who as lead singer of multi-million-selling blues-rock outfit Creedence Clearwater Revival penned a string of hits including ‘Bad Moon Rising’, ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’, is the first headliner announced for this year’s BluesFest, which returns to The O2 in October. Fogerty, performing his first headline show since 2008, will be joined on the bill by one of the top-selling acts of the ‘70s Steve Miller Band, who this year celebrate 50 years since the release of debut album Children Of The Future. Fogerty and Steve Miller Band will perform their own full sets in The O2 Arena on the opening night of the festival on Thursday October 25th for what will be their only UK shows of the year.
BluesFest celebrated a record year in 2017 with shows from the likes of Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Doobie Brothers and Gov’t Mule contributing to ticket sales of over 40000 across three nights. This year’s festival will expand to run across four nights from Thursday October 25th – Sunday 28th 2018 and will once again utilise all areas of The O2 complex, including the 14000-capacity Arena and Indigo at The O2. Further artist announcements will be made over the coming weeks.
Leo Green, Director Of Live Events, Live Nation:
“Of course it goes without saying that John Fogerty and Steve Miller Band are two acts that have been on our wish list for some time and we’re delighted to have confirmed exclusive shows with them for this year’s BluesFest.
BluesFest 2017 was a resounding success and I’m incredibly pleased with the progress we’ve made over the last seven years. Once again we’ll be at The O2 for BluesFest London and following the success of the inaugural BluesFest Dublin last year, I’ll be looking at increasing our international presence and expanding into a number of new territories whenever and wherever appropriate.”
(Many thanks to Joe at Baxter PR for help with this announcement)
John Fogerty Photo Credit: Nela Koenig
Steve Miller Photo Credit: Jay Blakesberg
You can read all of our articles about Bluesfest London including reviews of 2017 and 2016 shows here: http://bit.ly/29cGlLj
Tickets start at £45 each (excluding fees) and go on general sale on Friday 9th March 2018 at 10am. The O2 pre-sale begins on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 10am and the Live Nation pre-sale begins at 10am on Thursday 8th March 2018. Tickets are available from www.livenation.co.uk.
For more information visit the official Bluesfest London website here: http://bit.ly/2xoTQzD