Donald Fagen and Walter Becker – Steely Dan legends
BluesFest will return to The O2 in London in October, and today announces that Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers are the first two artists lined up for this year’s event.
Making their first appearance in the UK for almost 10 years, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker’s Supergroup Steely Dan, who have sold in excess of 40 million albums, will close the festival on Sunday 29th October, for what will be their only UK show of 2017.
For this exclusive concert they will be joined on the bill by legendary, multi Grammy-winning soul and R&B hit-makers The Doobie Brothers.
BluesFest 2017 will run from Friday October 27th – Sunday 29th 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.
Launched in 2011, BluesFest fast became 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 including BB King, Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Bad Company, Jeff Beck, Mary J. Blige, Robert Cray, Tedeschi Trucks, Ronnie Wood, Maxwell, Mavis Staples, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Tom Jones and Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul.
BluesFest Director Leo Green: “It’s a real coup for BluesFest to be presenting Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers at this year’s festival – they rarely perform in the UK and are two bands who have influenced so many artists from across the musical spectrum.
“This will be Steely Dan’s first UK show since 2009 and, on an incredible double bill that also includes The Doobie Brothers, we’re hoping that fans of quality music will be as excited about this first announcement as we are.”
The Doobie Brothers
Tickets go on general sale on Friday May 12th at 10am. The O2 pre-sale begins on Wednesday May 10th at 10am and the Live Nation pre-sale begins at 10am on Thursday May 11th. Tickets are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk.