Launched in 2011, BluesFest has fast become one of Europe’s leading roots music festivals and has since presented concerts from an array of stars from the worlds of blues, jazz, soul, pop and r&b. The festival has hosted stars such as BB King, Bobby Womack, Hall & Oates, Gregory Porter, Elvis Costello, Steely Dan, Dave Matthews Band, Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers, Jeff Beck, Mary J. Blige, Robert Cray, Tedeschi Trucks, Ronnie Wood, Maxwell, Mavis Staples, Chaka Khan, Jamie Cullum, Chris Isaak, Tom Jones and Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul amongst many others.

Once again, BluesFest will present an array of superstar acts when it returns to The O2 in London in October with former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, visionary Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty, who performs his first headline show since 2008 with a Creedence Clearwater Revival greatest hits set, Grammy-winning Southern-rock phenomenon Zac Brown Band, multi-million-selling folk-rockers Counting Crows and multi-award-winning US vocalist Alison Krauss all amongst the acts confirmed for the 4 day event.

John Fogerty (Nela Koenig)

John Fogerty, who as lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival penned a string of hits including Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary and Have You Ever Seen The Rain, performs his first headline show since 2008 and will be joined on the bill by one of the top-selling acts of the ‘70s Steve Miller Band, who this year celebrates 50 years since the release of debut album Children Of The Future.

Steve Miller (Jay Blakesberg)

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.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters (Dan Massie)

On Friday October 26thRobert Plant will bring his Sensational Space Shifters to London to perform classic Led Zeppelin material alongside tracks from his acclaimed solo projects including Carry Fire, his eleventh solo album, which was released in October 2017.

Sir Van Morrison leads his band at Love Supreme 2015 at Glynde Place, Glynde, East Sussex. (Simon Jay Price)

Van Morrison (Simon Jay Price)

Also on Friday, Van Morrison returns to the festival for a career-spanning set that will include music from his new studio album You’re Driving Me Crazy. Plant said of this classic Friday night lineup: “It’s been way over 50 years since I first shared the stage with Van Morrison; and his band were positioned no.2 on the charts with ‘Here Comes the Night’. His style then and now remains unique and loaded with deep soul. I’m looking forward to an exciting and dynamic night.”

Zac Brown Band

Known for blurring the boundaries between country, blues, reggae and rock, the multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band are widely regarded as one of the world’s most exciting live acts and they played to more than a million fans in 2017. They make their much-anticipated BluesFest debut on Saturday October 27th, returning to London following the release of their internationally acclaimed album Welcome Home.

 (Simon Jay Price)

Beth Hart (Simon Jay Price)

Meanwhile, stunning Californian singer Beth Hart, who has collaborated with the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and Slash, returns to BluesFest following a standout performance in 2014.

Counting Crows

Counting Crows return to London for the first time since two sold-out shows in 2014. The multi-million-selling folk-rockers are confirmed to close the festival on Sunday October 28th for a much-anticipated show that will also feature a full set from award-winning US vocalist Alison Krauss. Krauss has enjoyed an illustrious 30-year career that has seen her win 27 Grammy Awards, sell over 12 million albums and collaborate with the likes of Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor.

The White Buffalo performing at Ramblin' Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone 23 July 2016 (Simon Reed | Musical Pictures)

The White Buffalo (Simon Reed)

The Sunday night lineup is completed by The White Buffalo, a project of Oregon-born and Southern California-raised singer/songwriter Jack Smith. Smith, whose music has been used extensively in TC series Sons Of Anarchy will be promoting his latest critically acclaimed slice of Amercana, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights.

The full BluesFest 2018 lineup is as follows:

Thursday October 25th

The O2 Arena:

John Fogerty (performing his songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Plus Very Special Guest The Steve Miller Band

Friday October 26th

The O2 Arena:

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

Plus Very Special Guest Van Morrison

Indigo at The O2:

Raphael Saadiq

Saturday October 27th

The O2 Arena:

Zac Brown Band

Plus Very Special Guest Beth Hart

Indigo at The O2:

The Robert Cray Band

Plus Special Guests Don Bryant Feat. The Bo-Keys

Sunday October 28th

The O2 Arena:

Counting Crows

Plus Very Special Guest Alison Krauss

The White Buffalo

 

Tickets for BluesFest 2018 are available from www.livenation.co.uk.