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Here is the UK and European Blues Festivals Guide 2018, including blues related workshops, exhibitions and lectures.   Some festivals are still shown as "2018 - TBA" (awaiting details from the organisers). At least you can see roughly when they will take place (most festivals are at the same time of year within a week or so). Whilst I have taken every care to ensure details are correct, please confirm dates with festival organisers - I have included contact phone numbers, email addresses and website addresses.   Please let me know of any other UK or European blues festivals, workshops, exhibitions and lectures not listed here.  

I regularly update this list as I receive more details from festival organisers, so please check back often.    

Thanks,     Alan White.     


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 January 2018  

Fri 19th to Mon 22nd Jan 2018 (3 nights)
Skegness Rock & Blues Festival
Butlins Resort
PE25 1NJ

Phone: 0870 162 1805

Previous year's photos:

Check out the 2016 photos
Check out the 2015 photos

Check out the 2013 photos
Check out the 2012 photos
Check out the 2011 photos
Check out the 2010 photos
Check out the 2009 photos
Check out the 2008 photos

Het Arsenaal Theater
Arsenaalplein 1


 February 2018  

Lymm Festival Winter Warmers Blues Night

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Lymm Golf Club, Whitbarrow Road, Lymm WA13 9AN


10th - 11th February 2018

Mahindra Blues Festival
Mehboob Studio, Mumbai

John Mayall

Coco Montoya

Walter Wolfman & The Roadmassters

Layla Zoe



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Broadstairs Blues Bash 2018

Friday 16th Feb to Sunday 18th Feb 2018

 March 2018  


1st - 4th March 2018

The 18th Swanage Blues Festival
(Also see the 11th Swanage Blues & Roots Festival in October)

"Three days of excellent music in a friendly seaside town with a great atmosphere"

Steve Darrington,
Swanage Blues,
c/o TIC,
The White House,
Shore Road,
Dorset BH19 1LB



Acoustic Blues Weekend
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018

Our weekend event is a workshop where we teach country blues guitar, bottleneck slide guitar and harmonica skills to students. They are conducted as masterclasses for beginners to advanced levels. We'll announce the line-up of teachers and venue early in the New Year when we send out the details for Blues Week 2016.

Acoustic Blues Weekend
The Beacon,
OX12 9BX

Contact: Atrix Box Office 01527 577330

Euroblues Promotions Ltd.
01242 701765 

A weekend of workshops, jams and performances

The tutors are:

Will Wilde (harmonica),
Adam Franklin (bottleneck slide guitar)
Abie Budgen & Michael Roach (country blues guitar).



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14th - 18th March 2018

Full programme details coming soon.


15th - 18th March 2018

Click here for the full line up



Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

L'association le Comptoir Magique
29 rue de Calais  60000 Beauvais


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Top Secret Blues Festival 2018
Friday 16th-
Sunday 18th March 2018
Spa Ocean Room, Scarborough

Phone 07956 925 925
Tickets will sell fast - limited availability,
don't be disappointed get them now
90% of tickets sold in first 4 weeks last year !

Check out photos from 2016
Check out photos from 2015



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Located In Segesvár, Mures, Romania



The 7th Bowness Bay Blues Weekend 2018
MARCH 2018

After the sell-out show in 2017 BownessBayBlues will be celebrating its 7th year in 2018. From small beginnings BownessBayBlues has grown to be a flagship of all that is good about blues music. This charity based weekend is set in the heart of the Lake District and the Rotary Club of Windermere are proud to have raised £12,000 from this year’s event to donate to Ambleside & Langdale Mountain Rescue and Lancashire & North-West Blood Bikes.



Ben Poole

Red Butler

Stoney Broke


Dean Newton

Elderly Brothers

George Shovlin & George Lamb

George Shovlin & The Radars

Gerry Jablonski

Ian Siegal


Secure Unit


Sparky & The Wailer

The Jar Family


Aynsley Lister

Gus Munro

Mark Pontin

Paolo Morena

Sean Webster

The Venues

Lake District Boat Club
Hole in’t Wall
Hydro Hotel
Quayside/ Wheelhouse
Grey Walls
The Elleray

Tickets available now from:

Box Office 01539 725133


 April 2018  


Easter Weekend

29th March - 2nd April 2018

The 22nd Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival
Nantwich Civic Hall & The Crown Hotel



HRH Blues

14th -15th April 2018

O2 Academy




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"Sadly South Downs Holiday Village has been sold for redevelopment, and will be closed for business on 2nd January.   This is bad news for Boogaloo, blues fans and of course the lovely management and staff at South Downs Holiday Village.    We are unable to find another venue for the same time of year given the short notice, but will be transferring the event to Richardson’s sister site at Seacroft, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth and the new agreed date is 1st to 4th September 2017.    We have tried as far as possible to book the same bands (scroll down for details).




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Saturday 6th May 2017 & Saturday 9th September 2017

19th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2017
Isle of Man

This year the Big Wheel Blues Festival will look a little different, while retaining the mix of top quality visiting artists, and a showcase for local talent. The Festival has switched between Douglas and Laxey for a variety of reasons over recent years, and in 2017 we will have a foot in both places. Instead of one long weekend, there will be two events, the first being at the Villa Marina on Saturday May 6th. There will be free admission to a stage in the Gardens during the afternoon, featuring local acoustic musicians, followed by a ticketed gig in the Promenade Suite at night.Then on Saturday September 9 th the Festival brings the blues to Laxey at the Laxey Working Men's Institute, this time featuring local electric bands in the afternoon, with a ticketed gig at night.

Mike Vernon and the Mighty Combo

Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi

Big Wheel Blues Band plus guests

Ticket only event:
Available via the above website or phone: 01624 664460


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Dumfries and Galloway


Overton on Dee

Blues Roots and Real Ale Festival 2018

Friday May 11th & Saturday 12th May 2018

Lineup So Far:

Friday 11th May 2018

Mumbo Jumbo

The Rainbreakers

The Cadillac Kings

Saturday 12th May 2018

Benjamin Bassford and Liam Ward

Little Roger and The House Rockers

Xander and The Peace Pirates

Sari Schoor and The Engine Room

The Revolutionaires

Overton on Dee is a beautiful little village on the Welsh borders
approximately 8 miles south of Wrexham

Limited tickets available so early booking recommended

For camping and caravan info ring before 9pm 01978 710413       

Food outlets available in village + 12+ real ales and ciders, donation car park available

Shuttle service available to outlying B&Bs, Hotels and caravan site

Festival organised by Goin’ Up The Country Blues Club, Worthenbury 

Info contact 


A nostalgic look ....

Check out the 2013 Festival Photos
Check out the 2012 Festival Photos
Check out the 2011 Festival Photos

Check out the 2010 Festival Photos
Check out the 2009 Festival Photos

Check out the 2008 Festival Photos
Check out the 2007 Festival photos

Burnley Blues Festival Heritage

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26e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2018
The Netherlands

11th - 12th May 2018


Margate Rock & Blues 2018
Margate Winter Gardens



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May 12 - May 21, 2016

EUROPAfest 21st Anniversary

EUROPAfest is an international music festival held each spring in May, in Bucharest and Sibiu ( European Capital of Culture 2007 ), Romania. The festival is considered a country brand being the only one in Europe which presents four music genres in a single event: jazz, blues, pop and classical music, bringing together over 300 musicians from around the globe, 45-50 countries.

During festival, numerous events take place, including concerts, competitions, workshops, master-classes, jam sessions, cafe festival and gala concert.

12 May - Opening Concert
13 - 15 May - Concerts of jazz, blues, pop
12 - 21 May - Caffe festival & Jam sessions
14 - 21 May - Jazz competition
14 - 21 May - Piano competition
18 - 20 May - Master-classes & workshops
21 May - Gala

The festival’s aim is to offer a distinct event in Europe, an enriching experience for the audience. In 2016 EUROPAfest celebrates 23 years of music excellence. Starting 2005 the international festival EUROPAfest is organized under the High Patronage of Their Royal Highnesses the Princess Margarita and Prince Radu.

major concert halls, jazz clubs, coffee shops, outdoor

Bucharest, Sibiu



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Internationales Bluesfest Eutin

18th - 21st May 2017



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24th - 29th May 2017

The 17th Annual International
Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland


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25th - 27th May 2017

11th Trieux Tonic Blues Festival 2017



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Stafford Blues Festival

Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May 2017


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Montrose Music Festival 2017



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Unfortunately due to financial constraints there will be no Reivers Rock and Blues Festival in 2017, we hope to be back in 2018 with a new sponsor and location. Thanks to all who supported the festival over the last two years.

RRBF Flashback Monday will go ahead as planned at The Tyne Bar Newcastle, this year we will be showcasing The Matt Edwards Band with Auld Man's Baccie on the 29th May 2017




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Blues Rules Crissier Festival

Crissier-Lausanne, Switzerland.


 June 2018  


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3rd - 5th June 2017

20th Ribs & Blues Festival 2017




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15th - 18th June 2017

Diggle Blues Festival 2017

It’s nearly Diggle Blues Festival time again and this year we have acts from all over the UK. 

Howlin’ Mat from the North East gives a solo acoustic performance featuring his unique cigar box guitar. 

From the West Midlands the Melvin Hancox Band gives a new take on the blues with a dose of psychedelia and  humour. 

Beetroot Jam and the Mighty Revelators are both Manchester bands with solid blues grounding. 

Mississippi Malc are from Huddersfield but their Delta blues sound comes straight from the deep South (USA).  

We have a Scottish representative in Glaswegian, Mike Whellans, whose beatbox and harmonica make his one man band  both unique and highly entertaining. 

Liverpool is well known for great bands and Ramshackle carry on this tradition with their driving blues rhythms. 

We are very pleased to have, once again, Manchester’s own Franny Eubank, whose heart beats the blues. He’ll be leading his band with his truly authentic harmonica sound.

We often have bands from the USA (Uther Side of Ashton), however, this time we have a band from the USSR (Uther S-Side of Rochdale), Littleborough’s finest , in the form of Idol Frets who are all excellent musicians and are guaranteed to deliver a top class performance.  

Ashton does have some great bands and you shouldn’t miss Band of Gypsies who deliver a fantastic Hendrix inspired performance. 

We really do have someone from the USA, Kent DuChaine who comes from Georgia. He has a direct connections to the original blues innovators having played support and shared the stage with blues giants including Buck White, Johnny Shines, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf.  

The Festival is free, the weather can do what it wants, just come along, show your support and help keep music live. 

See below for the Diggle Blues Festival Line-Up 2017

Thursday 15th June

7:30pm - 8:30pm     The Gate                           Howlin’ Mat

9pm - 11pm              Diggle Band Club               Melvin Hancox Band

Friday 16th June

7pm - 8:30pm          The Gate                            Beetroot Jam

9pm - 11pm              Band Club                           Mighty Revelators                

Saturday 17th June

3pm - 4:15pm          Grandpa Greens                  Mississippi Malc

4:45pm - 6pm          Woolyknits                         Mike Whellans

6:30pm - 8:30pm     Kilngreen                             Ramshackle

9pm - 11pm              Band Club                            Idol Frets

Sunday 18th June

1:30pm - 3pm          Sub-Pressure Studios          Kent Duchaine

3:30pm - 5:30pm     Band Club                             Franny Eubank

6pm - 8pm               Kilngreen                              Band of Gypsies


Diggle Blues Festival 2017

‘Where the blues meets the greenery'

Entrance to all venues is FREE



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We are very excited to share with you our first music announcement for Red Rooster 2017…
The legendary Nick Lowe will be joining us for the first time, bringing his incredible lyrics and melodies spanning 40 years of performing, alongside his magical dynamism to Euston Hall.
From the home of Stones Throw Records, the cool and elegant Rhythm and Blues star Nick Waterhouse will be taking to the stage, as well as the full throttle soul machine Barrence Whitfield and The Savages.
Joining these incredible songsmiths will be some outlaw country for a new generation straight out of Texas, courtesy of Cale Tyson, blisteringly hot blues from Ubeda in Spain, from Guadalupe Plata, and the 60s swamp Americana of London’s The Hanging Stars.
Tickets are at the incredible price of just £55 + Booking Fee for the weekend, which includes 3 nights of camping and parking. Day tickets for the Saturday are only £35 and include 1 night of camping and parking. As always, Kids go FREE.


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Wigan Blues Festival 2016

The Old Courts, Wigan

4th June 2016

Bluesman Mike Francis

Dai Thomas

Bluesman Mike Francis

Dai Thomas

Barrelhouse Barbara

Mal Gibson (aka Charlie White)

Pete Ryder

More details soon ....

Click here for Bluesman Mike Francis interview
Click here for Mal Gibson interview
Click here for Dai Thomas's 'Guide to Blues Artists & their Instruments'



Blues Weekend at the Toorak Hotel,

Torquay, Devon

Friday 15th – Monday 18th June 2018


Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Bad Influence
Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys
Teed Up
Blues Situation
Stompin’ Dave
Acoustic Blues
Open Mic Area
Blues Cinema

MC/DJ:  Earl Jackson plus late night jams



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c/o The Old Dairy, Drenagh
21 Dowland Road, Limavady
Northern Ireland. BT49 0HP

Tel : +44 (0)7710 977765
Email :



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"The Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival is an independently run charity festival and the money raised from it goes towards promoting live music in Wallingford and helping to promote youth development projects in the town and surrounding areas. Since becoming an independent festival in 2000 we have raised, thanks to your generosity, over £29,000 which has gone to local organisations and charities".



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16th - 19th June 2016

The 25th Blues On The Farm 2016
Appledram Farm
Birdham Road
West Sussex PO20 7EH

Phone: 01243 773828
or 01243 539072



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The 22nd Dundee Blues Bonanza 2016
Dundee, Scotland
01382 305160



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Music at the Crossroads Festival 2017

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton
OX15 5NY

The Hook Norton Charitable Association



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Fri 23rd - Sun 25th 2017



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26th June - 1st July 2017

PuistoBlues 2017


The Middleton Rock & Blues Festival

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Boarshaw Working Men’s Club
1 Dixon Street
Off Boarshaw Road
Middleton, Manchester
M24 6GB


Full details on the event, including how to purchase tickets, are on the Lol Goodman Band website:

Full details and news as it happens on our Facebook page;

The event is being organised by Jon Firth.
Email;- phone;- 07934 636179


 July 2018  

30th June - 2nd July 2017

10th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB


Headline acts announced for Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival’s tenth anniversary.  

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017, are delighted to announce headlining performances with swinging jazz from Claire Martin OBE and Ray Gelato, and powerful blues from Northern Ireland’s star, Kaz Hawkins.  

They say that good things come in small packages. This may be one of the summer's smallest gatherings, but it's also one of the most sophisticated...' Daily Mail  

The festival is uniquely set in one of the UK’s finest Elizabethan stately piles, Burton Agnes Hall, home to the saxophone playing organiser, Simon Cunliffe-Lister. Over twenty five bands provide a weekend of jazz and blues on manicured lawns, and in the ornately carved Great Hall. Civilised camping with hot showers in the adjacent park field, children’s entertainers, and local ale and food inspired The Independent to describe the Festival as ‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended’.  

Now this is a proper music festival’ The Times

One of The Daily Telegraph's best fifteen festivals for the over 50s.  

More artists will be announced over the coming weeks and months -please visit to be kept up to date.  

Claire Martin OBE & Ray Gelato, ‘A Swingin’ Affair’

‘Jazz Artistry’ The Observer  

Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter, Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer, Ray Gelato, for their first show together: 'A Swingin’ Affair'.  Celebrating the release of their album ‘We’ve Got a World That Swings’, described by The Observer as “Jazz Artistry”, these much celebrated and respected artists take to the stage to explore the Great American Songbook. Alongside a world-class trio of musicians, Claire and Ray revisit classics such as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off', ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, 'They all Laughed' and 'Can’t We Be Friends’. If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging, this is the show for you. A swingin’ affair indeed!  

‘Hugely entertaining and beautifully performed’ The Observer
‘Strikes all the right notes, played and sung with real joie de vivre’ Jazzwise  

Claire Martin OBE

Our finest jazz singer’ The Sunday Times
‘She ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet’ Jazz Times USA
‘A consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues … she wins plaudits everywhere she works’ The Guardian  

Ray Gelato

‘Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘The Godfather of Swing’’ The Telegraph
Gelato’s dapper mixture of swing and Louis Prima jumping jive remains as invigorating as ever’ The Times  

Kaz Hawkins

‘...terrific vocal performance’ Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Multi award winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland’s very own blues and soul darling. One of today’s most popular blues artists in the UK and Ireland, Kaz has been compared to Etta James and Janis Joplin, to name but a few. Her powerful, deep, soulful voice combined with her 1950s swing dress and Dr Marten's boots creates a unique performance not to be missed.  Invited by BBC Radio Ulster to take part in a special Van Morrison 70th birthday broadcast in Northern Ireland August 2015, Best Studio Album 2015 (Blues Matters), Best Emerging Artist (British Blues Awards 2015) and Winner of Female Vocalist Pure M Awards (Northern Ireland Industry Award), Winner of Best Music Video 2016 with Pure M Awards and a nominee for the UK Blues Challenge 2016.  

Tickets for the full weekend along with day and evening only tickets are available now at early bird discounted prices from here: 

You can also buy tickets by phoning the estate office weekdays 9am to 5pm on 01262 490 324 or by visiting Burton Agnes Hall and its courtyard shops.


Sat 2nd July 2016

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2nd Blues ’n’ Roots Festival
Church Stretton



2nd July 2016

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Blues on the Meadow
West Berkshire


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24th Cognac Blues Passions

Click here for Artist Lineup




Linton Festival 2018
The Alma Inn

Lineup TBA

Click here for 2016 photos & Reviews
Click here for 2013 Photos & Reviews
Click here for 2011 Photos & Reviews
Click here for 2010 Photos & Reviews
Click here for 2009 Photos & Reviews
Click here for 2008 Photos & Reviews
Click here for 2007 Photos & Reviews



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The Sisters of Blues and Soul Festival has been set up by The Blues and Soul Show to celebrate women's' contribution to this area of music with a large gathering of female fronted bands.

The line-up for the Sisters of Blues and Soul Festival will be announced in Chapter 75 of the Blues and Soul Show, to be first broadcast on Saturday October 31st at 6pm (UK).

Mes Amis, bénévoles, aficionados, passionnés, amoureux du blues et de la convivialité bleue, photographes, musiciens, élus, sponsors, vous tous qui nous suivez depuis 15 ans maintenant, je vous annonce que nous mettons un terme à notre passionnante aventure. Il n'y aura pas de 16è édition. Les raisons sont multiples et sont à la fois rationnelles ou irrationnelles. Concernant les premières, celles que je qualifie de rationnelles, il y en a 2 majeures : Tout d'abord, le site de Villerupt, que nous n' aurons plus pour des motifs administratifs et d' exigences normatives et ensuite pour des raisons purement financières. Nous ne retrouvons pas l 'aisance budgétaire nécéssaire pour maintenir un niveau de programmation en droite ligne avec notre ligne artistique que nous avons développé tout au long de ces 15 ans. Confrontés à une terrible conjoncture en Lorraine, Plusieurs sponsors fidèles se sont retirés, la prise de risque est trop importante et il n' est pas question de se retrouver en difficulté et ne pas assumer, on sait ou cela peut mener... Il nous est apparu difficile en 6 mois de pouvoir trouver un nouveau site, déménager et trouver des financements de substitution.

 Concernant l'irrationnel, c' est souvent comme cela dans une vieille association, comme dans les vieux couples, on fini par ne plus se comprendre et par avoir des intérêts divergents. La sérénité indispensable à l 'organisation de cette manifestation n' y est pas et les querelles de personnes auront eu raison des dernières forces de membres importants de l 'association. Je n 'en dirais pas plus car l' objectif est de ne froisser personne, le cadeau offert par tous tout au long de ces 15 années doit nous faire passer outre les petits règlements de compte qui n' intéressent pas grand monde. Nous allons mettre à profit cette année sabbatique pour réfléchir, nous reposer et peut-être retrouver l 'énergie et les forces nécessaires à la renaissance d'un nouveau projet.

 Oui, c'est triste et je remercie toutes celles et ceux, très nombreux, qui m' écrivent et m' appellent, me demandent de confirmer ou infirmer telle info ou telle rumeur. Je ne peux pas expliquer à tous le pourquoi des choses dans le détail, il me faudrait 10h par jour, et je n' en ai pas le temps. 

Tant qu'il y a de la vie, il y a de l 'espoir ...alors croyons et espérons !


Google translation:

My friends, volunteers, fans, enthusiasts, lovers of blues and blue friendliness, photographers, musicians, politicians, sponsors, all who follow us for 15 years now, I announce that we end our exciting adventure. There will be no 16th edition. The reasons are many and are both rational or irrational. Regarding the first, the ones I call rational, there are 2 major: First, the site of Villerupt, we don 'have more for administrative reasons and normative requirements and then for purely financial reasons . We can not find the necessary budget to maintain comfort level programming in line with our artistic line that we developed throughout these 15 years. Facing a terrible situation in Lorraine, several loyal sponsors pulled out, risk-taking is too high and it does not matter to become distressed and not assume we know or it can lead ... We appeared difficult 6 months to find a new site, relocating and finding alternative funding.
On the irrational, it's often like that in an old association, as in older couples, we ended up not understanding and have divergent interests. The serenity essential to the organization of this event does is not and quarrels people have been right the last forces of important members of the association. I does not say more because the goal is not to offend anyone, the gift from all throughout these 15 years should make us ignore account of the small settlements that do not interest many people. We will build on this year off to reflect, rest and perhaps regain energy and the forces necessary for the rebirth of a new project.
 Yes, it is sad and I thank all those, many who I'm writing and call him, ask me to confirm or deny such information or such rumor. I can not explain at all why things in detail, it would 10am me daily, and I haven 'in no time.
 As long as there is life, there is hope ... then believe and hope!

Vache de Blues Festival

Full details here:

© Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.


Sierre Blues Festival 2017
Plaine Bellevue


Villa Bayard

Soho Lounge Café

Restaurant Le Rothorn

Terra Brasil

Restaurant du Casino




11th Suwalki Blues Festival 2017



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Dereham Blues Festival, Norfolk - 2017 

6th - 9th July 2017

This annual blues festival again takes over the town of Dereham in Norfolk between Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July 2017. 

The line-up of acts including the headline opening gig in the Dereham Memorial Hall on Thursday July 6th, is currently being finalised. 


Blues is a broad based music genre, rooted deep in the social fabric of today's society and has given rise to some of the most popular forms of music we know today! Geographically smack in the centre of Norfolk, Dereham is often referred to as the 'Heart of Norfolk' and the Dereham Blues Festival is all set to supply the 'Beat'!  

With top blues bands from all over the UK, sponsored by the venues, festival goers can enjoy free access to a truly wide range of styles delivered by talented musicians. On offer will be a whole mess o' blues from Mississippi swamp through to R&B, from the Chicago blues of Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters to Hendrix and  Stevie Ray Vaughan right up to the funky, verging on jazz. There really is something for everyone!  

The Dereham Blues Festival is a must for all music lovers and we look forward to welcoming you to the only Festival in the UK that can boast literally  'More than Twelve Bars of Blues' . 

Go to  for more details.



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Forty Hall Farm
Capel Manor College
Bullsmoor Lane

07713 488501



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Tues 11th to Sat 15th July 2017
Cahors Blues Festival 2017



Next Festival 20-22 July 2018 (TBC)

"After a truly amazing 26th festival, which we were all incredibly proud of, we’ve made the very difficult decision that we and the festival need to take a year off in 2017 to fully refresh both creatively and personally. Larmer Tree Festival will return in 2018 with some new and exciting developments. We’ve confirmed the weekend of 20th-22nd July for the 2018 festival (exact dates to be announced) - a week later than normal, so get those dates in your diary.

We’d like to thank everyone for their constant support of Larmer Tree over the past 26 years, and we look forward to welcoming you on your return to the Gardens, when we can reassure you we'll be back with a bang! For now, we’ll start looking forward to 2018. Thank you to everyone who filled in our feedback poll, we’ll be reading through all your suggestions as we begin planning2.

The Larmer Tree Festival
Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal,
Near Salisbury,
Wiltshire/Dorset border
Phone: 023 8071 1820



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Friday 20th July to Sunday 22nd July 2018

In and around the Pubs and Streets of Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

British Blues Awards Festival of the Year 2015 & 2016

Three Main Stages, Nine Pub Stages and a Boat!


Provisional 2018 bookings in no particular order:



Set in the beautiful Worcestershire riverside town of Upton upon Severn (where the flood defences are robust!), this is a festival where every band is free to see, with no external funding, government or local authority support and with no major sponsorship, they are able to be as independent, flexible and unique a festival as ever.

Check out some recent festivals:
2013 photos

2012 photos

2011 photos
2010 Photos

2009 Photos
2008 Photos
2007 Photos and Reviews
(with photos of the 2007 devastating floods,
prior to the flood defences being installed!)

Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Roadhouse © Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.


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Sigulda Blues Festival
Sigulda Medieval Castle


Blues and Beer Weekend

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Friday 22nd July - Saturday 23rd July 2016

Band On The Wall



Gloucester R&B Festival 2018

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22nd - 30th July 2017

Cafe Rene
Southgate Street

Tel: 01452 309340


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Ealing Blues Festival 2018
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

London's longest running blues festival (established 1987)



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29th - 31st July 2016

18th Maryport Blues Festival 2016
Maryport Rugby League Club
Melpot Road
Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6NE




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Green Valley Blues

Miners Welfare Hall
Upper Cwmtwrch
Swansea Valley
West Glamorgan


2018 - TBA


2018 - TBA


29th July 2017

Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Grund, Clausen

Free entry



 August 2018  

2018 - TBA


Sunday 30th July - Friday 4th August 2017

BluesWeek 2017
Hartpury College
GL19 3BE

Tutors will include John Miller (guitar), Adam Franklin (guitar), Eric Noden (guitar), Michael Roach (guitar, vocals), Joe Filisko (harmonica) and others



Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden


3rd - 6th August 2017

Horseheath Lodge,
Dean Road,
Cambs. CB21 4PT
Phone: 0845 299 0845


3rd - 6th August 2017



North Wales

4th - 6th August 2017



Théâtre de verdure du Mont Cotton
Bagnols-sur-cèze (30) France


2017 - TBA

7 Hills Blues Fest


Northern Ireland



11th - 12th August 2017

32nd Rauma Blues Fest 2017

Artists - TBA



Saturday 12th August 2017


The Radford Mill Festival of Rhythm & Blues
Bath’s newest festival set in the idyllic riverside venue of Radford Mill Farm

Events from 11.00 am [gates open at 9.00 am]

Eight bands in a big marquee
Real Ale and Real... Cider bar
Barbecue, organic cafe and a pizza parlour
Overnight camping - tents, caravans, motorhomes - and the famous Radford Mill Sunday Big Breakfast!
Organised by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.
Family/ child-friendly with many events and stalls including:
Otherworld silent disco for kids of all ages
A Magic Club
A Vinyl Record Fair
Blues Guitar/ Drums/ Harmonica Workshops
The Mill Gallery
Portrait painting and face painting
The Mill Chill zone including meditation and acupuncture
Radford Mill Frack Free Festival Reunion
Early bird ticket discounts: go to

Radford Mill Farm, Radford (near Timsbury) BA2 0QF



Old Bush Blues 2017

The Old Bush
Callow End

18th - 20th August 2017



Le Buis



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17th - 23rd August 2017

Pordenone, near Venice, Italy

Details here

17 Luglio 2017 TEATRO VERDI - Pordenone


Mississippi Max's Blues Festival

2017 - TBA

19th - 20th August 2016

Ye Olde John O'Gaunt





Wespelaar, Belgium


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vrijdag 25 en zaterdag 26 augustus 2017

Gevarenwinkel vzw
Wolfsdonksesteenweg 160
2230 Herselt



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East Sussex
TN31 7LE




The 29th Great British R&B Festival 2018,
Colne, Lancashire

Bank Holiday Weekend 2018
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th August 2018

Tickets (weekend festival and camping) on sale NOW
( just in time for Xmas! )

Blues Festival FAQs

Is the Blues Festival going to run in 2018?
Yes it is, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August

Is there going to be a festival ticket?
Yes, there will be a festival ticket for all three days at £75.

What about if I only want to come to one or two of the days?
There are going to be individual day tickets at £20 for Friday or £35 each for Saturday and Sunday.

What about if I only want to see one band?
There are only full festival tickets or tickets for the whole days, rather than individual performances.

Are there any free gigs?
There are 50 or so great bands from all over the country coming to play in the Roadhouse venues, all of which are free admission.

When do tickets go on sale?
Full festival tickets will be available at some point during November 2017. Individual day tickets go on sale on 1st Feb 2018.

Is there a discounted Early Bird ticket?
Anyone buying a full festival ticket before January 31st 2018 will get an exclusive "Ambassador" shirt in their requested size. These 100% cotton t-shirts will not be available for sale anywhere else and will be posted out during February, once the Early Bird promotion has ended.

Are King King playing this time?
Yes they are.

Who else is playing?
We are currently in the process of organising the contracts so some of the bands can be seen on Facebook as they are confirmed but the full line-up won't be published until early in the New Year.

Are you doing a new website and when is it being launched?
Yes. Before Christmas.

Is it true that bands from Pendle will be opening the main stages each day?
Yes, on Saturday and Sunday the first bands on both the Muni and the Hippodrome will be from either Pendle or very nearby. Not only that, but the second band on in each case will also be drawn from the wider local area, like Burnley, Manchester or Leeds. In all cases, these will be bands that play their own material.

Can my band play at one of the Roadhouses?
If your band has a strong Blues or Soul influence, please send a link to your web page, social media and a video of a recent live performance that also shows the audience to

Ticket hotline: 01282 661234


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The Great British R&B Festival 2017

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The Great British R&B Festival 2016

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The Great British R&B Festival 2015

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The Great British R&B Festival 2014

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The Great British R&B Festival 2013

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The Great British R&B Festival 2012

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The Great British R&B Festival 2010

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The Great British R&B Festival 2009

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Photos from 2007...
The Great British R&B Festival 2007


2017 - TBA


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 September 2018  


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Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway


Blues Weekend at Seacroft Holiday Village,
Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk 

Friday 1st – Monday 4th September 2017, from £189 per person 3 nights half board

Following the very successful ‘double’ festival at Seacroft Holiday Village in August 2016, we’re back with a blues and boogie festival, following the sudden closure of sister site South Downs (where we usually hold the festival).   A full leaflet with booking form and full details will be produced as soon as possible.

Booked so far:

Kaz Hawkins Band
West Weston’s Bluesonics
Stevie Smith’s Sin House
Blues Guitar Summit
Split Whiskers
Blues Situation
Keno Kings Duo
Blues Spiders
Martin McNeill
Acoustic Blues
Open Mic Lounge
Blues Cinema

MC/DJ:  Tony Farinha plus late night jams led by Five Field Holler



1st – 4th September 2017

The Market House

Monaghan Town






8th - 10th September 2017

The Big Green Cardigan Festival
Hawkhurst Road
Crips Corner
East Sussex
TN32 5SA 




Saturday 6th May 2017 & Saturday 9th September 2017

19th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2017
Isle of Man

This year the Big Wheel Blues Festival will look a little different, while retaining the mix of top quality visiting artists, and a showcase for local talent. The Festival has switched between Douglas and Laxey for a variety of reasons over recent years, and in 2017 we will have a foot in both places. Instead of one long weekend, there will be two events, the first being at the Villa Marina on Saturday May 6th. There will be free admission to a stage in the Gardens during the afternoon, featuring local acoustic musicians, followed by a ticketed gig in the Promenade Suite at night.Then on Saturday September 9 th the Festival brings the blues to Laxey at the Laxey Working Men's Institute, this time featuring local electric bands in the afternoon, with a ticketed gig at night.

Ticket only event:
Available via the above website or phone: 01624 664460




The UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is thrilled to announce that the 4th UKBlues Challenge will take place on Sunday 10th September 2017 at the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.

The selection process to choose the bands/acts that will be taking part in this year’s Challenge is currently underway with a panel of more than 250 people from across the UK blues spectrum having been invited to nominate three bands/acts who they believe would best represent UK blues at the International and European Blues Challenges in Norway and Memphis in 2018. This stage of the process closes on 15th March 2017 and the four bands/acts amassing the most points will be invited to take part in this year’s Challenge.

In an exciting innovation, a fifth band will also be invited to take part in the Challenge, their selection being completely unrelated to the process currently underway. More details in this respect will be announced in the near future.

Jon Keats – Director of Music & Events at The Cavern Club said:   “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s UKBlues Challenge here at the Cavern Club. Whilst people will always associate the venue with The Beatles and Merseybeat era, blues has also played a huge part in our history.

Many blues giants have played here including the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, John Lee Hooker, Alexis Korner, Eric Clapton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bo Diddley…This is our 60th Anniversary year and it’s great to welcome the blues back to the Cavern!”

For UKBlues, Chair Ashwyn Smyth commented: ‘’ We are excited to be bringing the UKBlues Challenge to Liverpool this year, and especially so given that we will be staging it at such an iconic venue. We have always made plain our desire to ensure that the UKBlues Challenges are staged in different parts of the UK as part of our commitment to blues throughout the UK.   We thank the management of the Cavern for making this event possible and look forward to the 4th UKBlues Challenge being bigger and even better than the first three!’’

For more information  visit and



Newark on Trent


2017 - TBA

Acoustic Guitar Show



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Regular updates can be found on Facebook:



Fri 15th - Sat 16th September 2017
Ramsbottom Festival 2017
Ramsbottom Cricket Club

Orkney Blues Festival
Orkney Islands

Artists TBA


2017 - TBA

Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen

2017 - TBA

22-25th September 2016




Click here for more details


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Sat 24th September 2016

BluesRockFest 2016



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Leek Blues & Americana Festival 2016

Wed 28th Sept - Sunday 2nd Oct 2016



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Friday 29th - Saturday 30th September 2017


The Crown & Mitre Hotel
, Carlisle

The Venue
, Carlisle

After the event was forced to move in 2014 the audience was split in their preference of venues. Some liked the hotel format with everything under one roof while others preferred the purpose built venue with the location in the centre of the city.

2017 has the best of both worlds. Whilst having the Crown & Mitre situated in the centre of Carlisle as the festival base the Friday session will be held at The Venue, a short 5-10 minute walk away.

The Crown & Mitre is one of Carlisle’s finest hotels which boasts a spectacular ballroom which will house the main stage on Saturday, the second day of the festival.

See The Venue details at:

Line-up By The Day

Friday 29th September 2017

Bernie Marsden Band

Sari Schorr & The Engine Room
featuring Innes Sibun

Eddie Martin Band

Saturday 30th September 2017

The Boom Band

Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado

Kaz Hawkins Band

Del Bromham's Blues Devils


Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band


Photos of the previous eight festivals are listed here:

Take a look at the 2014 Festival Photos here.
Take a look at the 2013 Festival Photos here.
Take a look at the 2012 Festival Photos here.
Take a look at the 2011 Festival Photos here.
Take a look at the 2010 Festival Photos here.
Take a look at the 2009 Festival Photos here.
Take a look at the 2008 Festival Photos
Take a look at the 2007 Festival Photos here.

It just doesn't come any better !!




28th Sept - 30th Sept 2017
37th Rawa Blues Festival 2017


 October 2018  

2017 - TBA

Blues In The City


Fri 4th Oct - Sun 7th Oct 2018
(Also see the 18th Swanage Blues Festival in March and the Purbeck Roots & Rhythm Festival in March)

"Three days of excellent music in a friendly seaside town with a great atmosphere"

60 gigs, open mic and Acoustic & Electric jam sessions  in 15 indoor venues.
Artist details to be released on their website soon.


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Swanage Blues
Open Mic
Steve Darrington



2017 - TBA


Southport's Big Blues Festival

Friday 6th - Sat 7th October 2017

The Atkinson
Lord Street

Artists include:

The Revolutionaires

Mike Sanchez and His Band

Box Office:
01704 533333


Fri 12th to Mon 15th October 2018
Blues Weekend at Norton Grange
Norton Grange,

Booked so far:

The Producers
Nigel Bagge Band
Robin Bibi Band
Stompin’ Dave

Late night jam sessions led by Blues Situation
Phone: 0870 601 6012



12th - 14th October 2018

21st Beer R&B Festival 2018
EX12 3JP
Phone: 01494 511886



No festival in 2018 - next festival 2019





2018 - TBA

Ilkley Blues Festival 2018

2018 - TBA

Montag, 23. bis Samstag, 28. Oktober 2017

Freiburg Blues N'Roots Festival 2017


2018 - TBA


2017 - TBA

London Blues Festival 2016
The O2



2018 - TBA

13th Annual Crawley Blues Festival 2018
The Hawth Foyer, Crawley
Box Office: 01293 553 636


 November 2018  


2018 - TBA


3rd P & O International Blues Revue

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th November 2017

P & O Ferries Hull to Rotterdam

Kaz Hawkins Band (NI)

Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi  (Italy)

Kai Strauss and his Electric Blues All Stars (Germany)

Norman Beaker and his band (UK)
(with guest appearances from Kyla Brox and Tom Attah)

more soon

P&O Ferries North Sea Ferries Ltd
Hull Ferry Terminal 1
King George Dock
Hedon Road

United Kingdom
Tel: 0800 130 0030


2018 - TBA

3rd - 4th November 2017
12th Frederikshavn Blues Festival 2017


KT's 9th Annual Wakefield City Rhythm & Blues Festival

2017 - TBA

3rd - 6th November 2016


Fri 10th - Sun 12th Nov 2017
12th Tenby Blues Festival 2017
Tenby, Pembrokeshire



Tenby Events,
De Valence,
Upper Frog Street,
Pembrokeshire SA70 7JD
Phone/Fax: 01834 843568


10th - 18th November 2018
24th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2018

Grand Casino Luzern & Casineum Luzern

Mainstage & Clubstage

Haldenstrasse 6
CH-6006 Luzern

Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
Festival Opening & Bluesbrunch

CH-6002 Luzern
P: +41 41 410 04 10

Hotel Seeburg Luzern

Seeburgstrasse 53-61
CH-6006 Luzern
P: +41 41 375 55 55





2018 - TBA

2018 - TBA

Saturday 19th November 2016

Hereford Blues Festival

Hereford Left Bank
Bridge Street


 December 2018  


Fri 7th to Mon 10th December 2018
Blues Weekend at The Heathlands, Bournemouth

The Heathlands
Grove Road

Booked so far:

Marcus Malone
Ricky Cool & The In-Crowd
Giles Hedley & The Aviators
Stevie Smith’s Sin House
Guy Tortora Band
Steve Morrison’s Blues Abuse
Jam sessions led by Robin Bibi
MC/DJ:  Luke Arnold


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