Gigs: BluesFest 2012 – Manchester
Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2012
Following the runaway success of BluesFest 2011, which saw more than 16,000 music fans attend concerts by some of the biggest names in blues, jazz and soul, the festival returns to the UK this summer for a 10 day celebration of incredible music. In response to the widespread popularity of last year’s event, the 2012 festival will increase in size and scale with BluesFest Manchester introduced to complement its London counterpart.
BluesFest 2012 aims to present the finest in blues and the genres and artists it has influenced, and the first wave of confirmed headline events for Manchester include: the inimitable Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will be bringing their intoxicating live show to both London and Manchester; distinguished soul and blues legend George Benson returns to the UK for shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall & Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall; renowned actor turned pianist & singer Hugh Laurie will be making a highly anticipated homecoming to perform music from his globally acclaimed 2011 debut Let Them Talk; phenomenal blues-rock outfit Gov’t Mule, and gritty US guitarist and acclaimed songwriter John Hiatt kick starts everything at the HMV Ritz.
Furthermore, in what is a major coup for BluesFest 2012, Ronnie Wood has been commissioned to create the festival’s artwork. As revered an artist as he is a guitarist, Wood’s paintings are displayed in galleries around the world and the striking portrait he has produced for the festival cements his position as one of the art world’s most unique and enduring talents.
Tickets for BluesFest 2012 are available to purchase by visiting www.bluesfest.co.uk or by calling Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444.