Beth Hart, Gregory Porter & Robert Cray for BluesFest 2014

Beth HartBeth Hart, Gregory Porter and Robert Cray have all been confirmed for this year’s BluesFest event.

They’ll be joining an already stellar lineup that includes Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Sheryl Crow.

Running across six days between Sunday 26th – Friday 31st October at the Royal Albert Hall in London, BluesFest will feature a host of performers in various rooms throughout the venue, with a full schedule to be confirmed.

Says Leo Green, Festival Director: “Several years ago I was sat having a coffee with Jeff Beck – Jeff was going on and on about a singer he had heard, he couldn’t believe how incredible her voice was and told me I had to check her out immediately – her name was Beth Hart and so I am really excited we’ve been able to book her for a show at Bluesfest on Oct 30th. Also headlining that night will be her ProVogue label mate, the incredible Robert Cray, so for blues fans, October the 30th is a date for the diary. Gregory Porter caused a real stir when he performed a double bill with Natalie Cole last year so we are delighted he is coming back to perform an entire evening of his music on October 27th.”

You can watch Beth Hart perform Buddy Guy’s ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ live with legendary guitarist, Jeff Beck, below.

BluesFest 2014 runs from Sunday 26th – Friday 31st October. Tickets are priced from £20 upwards (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.royalalberthall.com

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New music releases, 31st March 2014

New and notable releases this week, 31st March 2014:

Matt Stevens - Lucid
Lucid, Matt Stevens

Broken Crown Halo, Lacuna Coil
Out Among The Stars, Johnny Cash
Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life, Various Artists
Paranoid (Remastered Edition), Black Sabbath
All You Can Eat, Steel Panther
Education Education Education & War, Kaiser Chiefs
Head or Heart, Christina Perri
Himalayan, Band of Skulls
In My Soul, Robert Cray
Empire Of The Undead, Gamma Ray
Cope, Manchester Orchestra
Troublegum? (Deluxe Edition), Therapy
Imaginary Enemy, The Used
In Dub (Box Set), Killing Joke
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek
The Complete Albums Collection (Box Set), The Alan Parsons Project

All of the above and many more are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store.

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