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Young blues star Marcus Bonfanti coming to Isle of Wight

Thu 13 Dec 2012

Young blues star Marcus Bonfanti coming to Isle of Wight

Music fans planning an Isle of Wight trip in the new year may be interested to learn that Marcus Bonfanti is planning to perform at the Quay Arts Centre on February 1st 2013, along with an as-yet-unnamed support act.

The award-winning vocalist and guitarist has been hailed as the future of blues music in the UK and is known as an exciting live act.

He was nominated in three categories at the 2012 British Blues Awards (best male vocals, best acoustic and best song) and is considered to be at the forefront of a group of young musicians attempting to revitalise the blues tradition.

Bonfanti released a third album earlier this year, earning yet more critical acclaim and helping to build on what is already a dedicated fanbase.

Music reviewer Robin Denselow, writing in the Guardian, argued that Bonfanti has become a popular success "because he has a powerful, gutsy voice and the ability to switch between rapid-fire strumming to impressive slide-playing on his often rapid-fire solos".

His acclaim could be "a sign that a new generation of British blues-rockers are building an impressive following of their own," Mr Denselow added.

Tickets for the Isle of Wight performance are priced at £10 in advance and are available online, although prospective visitors can also gain admittance on the door for £12. Public entry is permitted from 19:00 GMT, with the main act taking the stage at around 20:30.

The London-based musician has been gigging across the globe for several years, with upcoming performances planned for The Old Bookshop in Bristol and Colwyn Bay's Engedi Arts Centre.

In addition to huge festivals like Bestival, the Isle of Wight maintains a strong live music culture all year round, with venues such as the Quay Arts Centre encouraging local talent and bringing international artists to the area.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801506245-ADNFCR

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