NEWS: Nick Lowe And Erykah Badu Confirmed For BluesFest 2012

Already anticipated as one of the biggest music events of the summer, spanning London and Manchester with nearly two weeks of live music, the initial announcement of BluesFest 2012 has been greeted enthusiastically by the public and tickets are selling fast.

The organisers are now pleased to announce two more excellent additions to the bill, both of whom draw on different aspects of the blues for inspiration in their own inimitable way – Nick Lowe and Erykah Badu. 

NICK LOWE
THURS 28th JUNE – 02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
£20.00 – £30.00*

Singer-songwriter Nick Lowe has established himself as one of the founding names in British rock music.  With a career stretching over 40 years, he is an esteemed musician in his own right and a revered producer, with notable studios credits for Elvis Costello and Huey Lewis & The News, among many others. Part of the canon of British rock artists who took the rhythm & blues sound from America and made it distinctly their own, Nick’s enduring influence has undoubtedly earned him a place in the music’s history, and a star-billing at this year’s BluesFest 2012.

 ERYKAH BADU
WEDS 27th JUNE – HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
£27.50 – £55.00*

Erykah Badu traces a very different route back to the blues.  A prime example of the all-pervading influence it has had on music over the past century, her unique neo-soul sound has its roots deep in the traditions of contemporary black music, taking in blues, soul, gospel, funk, jazz and hip-hop and even going back to its pre-American roots in traditional African music forms.  Badu is a multi-award winning trailblazer who has influenced countless other artists over the years, and her appearance at BluesFest 2012 is a fantastic opportunity to witness a true musical pioneer in action.

Statement from BluesFest Director Leo Green:

“We are thrilled with today’s additions to the Bluesfest line-up; two artists who truly epitomise the wide spectrum of music influenced by the Blues.

From America, Erykah Badu epitomises 21st Century Soul music; her lyrics and her sound are current and significant, yet her voice and vocal phrasing is drenched in the tradition, from Billie Holiday onwards.

From the UK, we’re delighted to announce that the legendary Nick Lowe will be appearing for one night at Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of 2012’s Bluesfest. Nick’s music is steeped in rocking rhythm + blues and if anyone wants to see one of the most important figures in British music, then his show is truly not to be missed.

These two artists, along with the likes of Robert Cray, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Ronnie Wood, Eric Bibb, Southside Johnny, John Hiatt and many, many more will ensure that 2012’s Bluesfest turns out to be an unforgettable celebration of some of the greatest artists in the world – we look forward to welcoming you from June 26th onwards!”

JUNE
26
THE ROBERT CRAY BAND │ O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE │LONDON
JOHN HIATT │ HMV RITZ │ MANCHESTER

27
JOHN HIATT │ UNDER THE BRIDGE │ LONDON
ERIC BIBB │ O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE │ LONDON
ERYKAH BADU │ HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO │ LONDON

28
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES │ HMV RITZ │MANCHESTER
GEORGE BENSON │ ROYAL ALBERT HALL │ LONDON
NICK LOWE │ O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE │ LONDON

29
VAN MORRISON – SINGS THE BLUES │ HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO │ LONDON
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES │ O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE │ LONDON

30
RONNIE WOOD & FRIENDS – THE CHESS RECORDS STORY │ HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO │ LONDON
BRAND NEW HEAVIES │ O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE │ LONDON
CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES │ UNDER THE BRIDGE│ LONDON
GEORGE BENSON │ BRIDGEWATER HALL │ MANCHESTER

JULY
1
TOM JONES │ HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO │ LONDON
HUGH LAURIE │ THE LOWRY │ MANCHESTER

2
HUGH LAURIE │ HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO │ LONDON

3
GOV’T MULE │ HMV RITZ │ MANCHESTER

4
GOV’T MULE │ UNDER THE BRIDGE │ LONDON

6
MICK TAYLOR & VERY SPECIAL GUEST │ UNDER THE BRIDGE │LONDON

Tickets are available to purchase by visitingwww.bluesfest.co.uk or by calling Ticketmaster on            0844 844 0444      .

*VIP tickets also available.

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