THE 2022 Ealing Blues Festival will be one of the best ever, says founder and artistic director Robert Hokum.

He said: “There have been many memorable moments over the years and I’m sure we’re going to see more of them this year.

“The festival started as a community event, a bit of fun for a few local bands, but it’s grown to become one of the best-attended blues gigs in the UK.

“This year it brings to Walpole Park some of the UK’s biggest names in blues-based rock and roots music, from established performers such as Chris Jagger and Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson to Emma Wilson, who’s just been voted Emerging Blues Artist of 2022.”

Hokum added: “Our ethos is to combine up-and-coming acts with established talent and to support the performers of the future. They're represented this year by the Powerjam Band Project.”

Highlights are likely to include:

A tribute to Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies and the birth of British blues in Ealing in 1962. 

A rare London appearance by guitar player and Game of Thrones actor Wilko Johnson, who first came to prominence with Dr Feelgood.

High camp from the outrageous all-female band, The Vampirettes.