British Blues enthusiast Joe Bonamassa will perform classics from Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page in a one-off gig at Greenwich Music Time .
The performer was inspired by his love of the genre to create a concert tribute to his idols at the summer music festival, to be held at The Old Royal Naval College.
“If it wasn’t for certain British musicians of the early 1960s, the Blues may well never have exploded into rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history,” he said.
It was the trio of musicians’ skills on the guitar which first captivated Joe.
All are alumni of the Yardbird and performed together and while Page went on to form Led Zepplin, Clapton and beck became superstars in their own right.
Joe will take to the stage with his guitar for A Salute to the British Blues Explosion on Thursday, July 7.
The festival runs from Tuesday, July 5 to Sunday, July 10 and features headliners including Roxette, Jamie Cullum and 2Cellos.
Grammy Award winner Jamie Cullum will curate a series of concerts to tie in with the six night event.
The pianist and singer is headlining the action on the final night, July 10, but will hand-pick performers including Jacob Collier and Andreya Triana to take to the stage ahead of his gig.
Jamie Cullum said: “I’m pleased to have been given the opportunity to continue the work we do at Radio 2 in championing incredible up-and-coming talent and there are no two artists more worthy of this support than Jacob Collier and Andreya Triana.
“Both of them completely blew me away when I first heard them - sonically contrasting but equally brilliant and unique.”
Tickets on general sale on Friday, January 29.