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Here is the  UK and European Blues Festivals Guide 2020, including blues related workshops, exhibitions and lectures.   At this time some festivals still show 2019 or are shown as "2020 - 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.    

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Please refer to individual festival websites for the latest situation regarding any cancellations.

A note from the UKBlues Federation:

At this time of gigs, festivals, jam sessions and other events being subject to widespread cancellation, we urge everybody to remember that whilst you, as a punter, may lose out on your tickets and your opportunity to attend an event, the musicians who were taking part in that event will be losing out on what they would have earned, often having already incurred non-recoverable costs, whilst the venues will still have their normal costs – staff, rates, insurance, rent etc. to cover with little or no income.
 
Please do your best to support those whose livelihoods are now under threat by buying acts’ merchandise and, maybe, not seeking a refund for your tickets. It is essential that now, more than ever, we all try to look out for others.

Thanks,     Alan White.     

Email: alan.white@earlyblues.com

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 January 2020  

 

January Blues Festival 2020 : London

15 - 31 January 2020

https://www.ents24.com/january-blues-festival-2020/events/4721

 



Fri 17th to Mon 20th Jan 2020 (3 nights)
Skegness Rock & Blues Festival
Butlins Resort
Skegness
Lincolnshire
PE25 1NJ


Phone: 0870 162 1805

www.bigweekends.com

LINE-UP

Savoy Brown

Marian Diaz

Billy Branch

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Nine Below Zero

Animals And Friends

Dr Feelgood

Climax Blues Band

Bernard Allison

Rhino's Revenge (Status Quo)

The Brew

Paul Lamb And The Kingsnakes

Sam Kelly's Station House

Miguel Montalban And The Southern Vultures

Ma Bessie And Her Blues Troupe

Clearwater Creedence Revival

 Vambo

Carvin Jones

Johnny "Guitar" Williamson & Blue Swamp Band

2019 Introducing Stage Winners

Burnt Out Wreck

Skam

Crow Black Chicken

Introducing Stage

Will Wilde

Sun House

Redfish

Hollowstar

Mojo Preachers

The Stoned Crows

Joan Ov Arc

Killit

Eliana Cargnelutti

Snake Oil Band

James Oliver Band

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny

Blues Matters! Stage
 

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Previous year's photos:

Check out the 2016 photos
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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

 

 

 


 

https://www.facebook.com/Scheldeblues

Het Arsenaal Theater
Arsenaalplein 1
Vlissingen
www.arsenaaltheater.nl 

 

 February 2020  

 

8th - 9th February 2020
 

Mahindra Blues Festival
Mehboob Studio, Mumbai

www.mahindrablues.com
 

 

 

www.broadstairsbluesbash.com
 

 March 2020  

 

Acoustic Blues Weekend
of workshops, jams and performance
.
Friday 28th to Sunday 1st March 2020

The programme will offer classes starting on Friday from 1pm to 5pm followed by a staff concert at 8pm. On Saturday, classes will run from 10am to 5pm followed by an evening jam session from 8pm to midnight for ‘participants only’. On Sunday, classes will run from 10am to 3pm.  The classes will cater for all levels of ability and we recommend you bring along a portable recorder for future reference. The tutors for the ‘Acoustic Blues Weekend’ are John Miller (country blues guitar), Adam Franklin (bottleneck slide guitar) and Will Wilde (harmonica).
 

Acoustic Blues Weekend
The Beacon,
Wantage,
Oxfordshire
OX12 9BX

Contact: Atrix Box Office 01527 577330

Euroblues Promotions Ltd.
01242 701765
 www.euroblues.co.uk 

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).

 

 


5th March - 8th March 2020

The 20th Swanage Blues Festival
(Also see the 13th Swanage Blues & Roots Festival in October)

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

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

www.swanage-blues.org

 

 

 

 


12th - 22nd March 2020

www.aberdeenjazzfestival.com
 

 

 

 

3rd Rock & Roll Review - CANCELLED

13th - 15th March 2020

NEWS:
SADLY, THE P&O R&R REVUE PLANNED FOR MARCH 2020 IS CANCELLED.

P&O will be in touch directly with arrangements for those who have already booked.

See link below for any further information.

 

The Revolutionaires 
Bamboozle
 
The Hawkmen 
P&O Ferries
Hull - Zeebrugge
www.bluescruiseuk.com

 


25th FESTIVAL LE BLUES AUTOUR DU ZINC
BEAUVAIS

Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

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

www.zincblues.com
 


 




 

Ocean Spa Complex, Scarborough

(Yes, the entire Spa Complex!!)
 

Plus ...

Additional AMERICANA Music Night

Thursday 19th March 2020

 

Some venue details ...

  • TWO LARGE VENUES, each seating 500 + !!

  • No less than FOUR bars

  • THREE catering outlets including (new for 2020) a Carvery !!

  • VASTLY INCREASED ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET

  • EVEN MORE WORLD CLASS Musicians / Bands 

  • AN IMPROVED ‘WELCOME PARTY’ on the Friday Night

  • THREE ‘AFTER PARTIES’ (on Friday, Saturday & Sunday Nights)

  • IMPROVED DANCING facilities in both venues

  • EVEN BETTER SOUND QUALITY in both venues

  • TOP QUALITY STAGE LIGHTING in both venues

  • Use of the BALCONY in the Spa Grand Hall

 

40% of tickets sold in first 36 hours!!

You had better be quick as this will certainly sell out!!
 

Phone 07956 925 925 NOW before it's too late

Mention Earlyblues.com and say Hi to Mark from Alan
 

www.scarboroughbluesfestival.org.uk

Check out photos from 2019
Check out photos from 2018
Check out photos from 2017

Check out photos from 2016
Check out photos from 2015

 

 


 

 

26th - 29th March 2020


http://www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com/

Click here for the full line up
 

 


27-28th March 2020


Located In Segesvár, Mures, Romania

Vineri 29 Martie:
19.30- 21.00 CARL SONY LEYLAND TRIO
21.30- 23.00 GRAINNE DUFFY

Sâmbătă 30 Martie:
19.30-21.00 KYLA BROX BAND
21.30-23.00 JOE KROWN & JASON RICCI

https://sighisoaraonline.com/content/sighisoara-blues-festival-2019/

 

 


 


 
 April 2020  

 



The 9th Bowness Bay Blues Weekend 2020

3rd, 4th & 5th April 2020


 

The Venues

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

Tickets available now from:

https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/

Box Office 01539 725133
or

https://www.trybooking.com/

www.bownessbayblues.co.uk


 

 

www.yorkbluesfest.co.uk

 

 

Das Volkshaus

Olten

Basel

Switzerland

http://www.bluesbasel.ch/

 

 

27-28th March 2020

https://www.whitehartwinchcombe.co.uk/

 

 

HRH Blues

11th -12th April 2020

O2 Academy

Sheffield

http://www.hrhblues.com/

 

 



 

The 24th Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival
Nantwich Civic Hall & The Crown Hotel
Nantwich

www.nantwichjazz.com

 

 

www.nidarosbluesfestival.com

 

 

20th - 21st March 2020

https://www.darvelmusiccompany.com/index.html

 

 

 

25th April 2020
 

http://www.hookrock.be/

 

 May 2020  


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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Lightnin Willie © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Henry Butler © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Magic Slim © Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.
All photos© Copyright 2008-2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.
 

 

 

 

 

 

28e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2020
The Netherlands

http://kwadendamme.weebly.com/
 

 

 

 

Tickets are on sale for both the shows here www.thebluesplace.com

 

 

 

2020 - TBA


EUROPAfest 21st Anniversary
Bucharest
Romania

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.

The festival’s aim is to offer a distinct event in Europe, an enriching experience for the audience. In 2016 EUROPAfest celebrated 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
Romania

http://www.jmevents.ro, http://www.europafest.ro

 

 


 

www.trieuxtonicblues.fr
 

 

 


Internationales Bluesfest Eutin
Eutin
Germany

www.bluesfest-eutin.de
 

 

 

 

2020 TBA

 

www.abertillerybluesfestival.co.uk
Box Office: 01495
355800
 

 

2020 - TBA


 


 

 

The 22nd Annual Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival
Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland

www.bluesonthebay.co.uk


 

 

Situated in the town of Crisser, Switzerland, located on the outskirts of Lausanne, a few steps from the shores of Lake Geneva, between Geneva and Montreux.

Voici les premiers noms de cette future édition :

  • Cedric Burnside

  • Delgrès

  • The Como Mamas

  • The Goon Mat & Lord Bernado

  • Dr. David Evans

  • Iretta & Johnie B. Sanders Blues

  • Floyd Beaumont & the Arkadelphians

http://www.blues-rules.com/

 

 

DUVEL BLUES

ANTWERPEN

https://www.facebook.com/Duvelblues-101155329975964/


 


29th - 31st May 2020

www.acousticfestival.co.uk
 

 

POSTPONED TO 4th-6th SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Dearest Roosters, 
 
We need to make an important announcement concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Red Rooster.

After much deliberation and with the safety of our audience being of the utmost importance, Red Rooster 2020 has been postponed and will now take place 4-6 September at Euston Hall. This has not been an easy decision, but we hope that in light of the current situation we are all facing together, you can understand this is the right way forward. 
 
Our headliners Richard Hawley and Asleep at The Wheel have confirmed they are available for the new dates and we're working with agents and management to move the rest of the bill as well. A further announcement will follow when this is in place. 
 
All tickets will of be valid for the change of dates, and anyone that is unable to make the new dates, please email info@redrooster.org.uk. For those that haven’t bought tickets yet, please buy here: www.redrooster.org.uk/tickets.

We greatly appreciate your support in these tough and unprecedented times - but rest assured, the show and the music will go on.

In the meantime, remember to familiarise yourself with the latest NHS advice on how to manage any symptoms and/or self-isolate.

Stay safe, Roosters. We'll see you soon.

Love and respect, 
 
Red Rooster HQ



   

EUSTON HALL, SUFFOLK

   

 


Diggle Blues Festival 2020
Diggle
Saddleworth
Oldham

11th June - 14th June 2020

‘Where the blues meets the greenery'

 www.digglebluesfestival.co.uk

www.facebook.com/DiggleBluesFestival/

twitter.com/DiggleBlues

Entrance to all venues is FREE

 

 June 2020  
 

2020 - TBA

Manchester Acoustic Blues Fest

MABS Fest

(part of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain)

 


 

 

 

 

 

2020 - TBA

DeltaBlues Festival
Polesine, Italy

http://www.deltablues.it/

 

 

 

 

13th June 2020

 

 

 

 

 


30th May - 1st June 2020

24th Ribs & Blues Festival 2020
 

Domineeskamp
Raalte
Netherlands

http://ribsenblues.nl/english/

 

 

Sierre Blues Festival 2020
Plaine Bellevue
Sierra
Suisse

11th - 13th June 2020

 

 

2020 - TBA

 https://bluesonthefarm.com/home

 

 

Blues Weekend at the Toorak Hotel

Torquay, Devon
  

Friday 12th – Monday 15th June 2020

 

 

 


 

http://www.lymmfestival.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

2020 - TBA

FRIDAY 21st JUNE 2019

Papa George Band
Climax Blues Band
Hip Route

Click here for Press Release

https://www.bluesandbeer.org/

 


All Tickets Sold Out on October 6th 2019

https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

 

 


 

https://www.blueslandfestival.com/

 


2020 - TBA

28th, 29th & 30th June 2019

Almost Blue Dundee 2019
Dundee, Scotland

https://www.facebook.com/almostbluedundee/

 

 

 

2020 - TBA

28th - 30th June 2019


http://belfastcityblues.com/

 

 

2020 - TBA

https://www.facebook.com/Abbeblues/ 

 

 


PuistoBlues 2020
Järvenpää
Finland

www.puistoblues.fi

 

 July 2020  

 


27th Cognac Blues Passions
Cognac
France

www.bluespassions.com

Click here for Artist Lineup


 

 


 

Music at the Crossroads Festival 2020

3rd & 4th July 2020

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton
Oxfordshire
OX15 5NY

www.hookymusic.co.uk

The Hook Norton Charitable Association

 



 

20th Linton Festival 2020
The Alma Inn
Linton
Ross-on-Wye
Herefordshire
HR9 7RY


www.lintonfestival.org

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

 


2020 - TBA


www.bluesfest.de
 

 

 

Dereham Blues Festival, Norfolk 

8th - 12th July 2020

CANCELLED

It is with a heavy heart and great regret that the Dereham Blues Festival committee can confirm that this year's festival will not be going ahead due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. 
 
Please see the attached press release for further details of the cancellation but do be assured that we will be back bigger and better next year with a 2021 festival not to be forgetten!

 

http://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/

 

 

www.bluesfest.net

 

 



17th - 19th July 2020

13th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall
Driffield
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB

 

www.burtonagnes.com

 


© Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.
 


 
 

 

14th Suwalki Blues Festival 2020
Poland

www.suwalkiblues.com
 

 
 

http://sementblues.com/Nyheter

 

 


  www.cornburyfestival.com

 

 

2020 - TBA

 

https://www.saddlebackmusicfestival.co.uk/

 


 

Cahors Blues Festival 2020
Toulouse
France

www.cahorsbluesfestival.com

 


 

 

16th - 18th July 2020

Azores Islands

https://www.santamariablues.com/en/home/

 


 

The Larmer Tree Festival
Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal,
Near Salisbury,
Wiltshire/Dorset border

www.larmertreefestival.co.uk
Phone: 023 8071 1820

 

 

2020 - TBA

 

www.blueshondarribia.com
 


Tommy Allen's Strat © Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.
 


16th July to 19th July 2020

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

British Blues Awards Festival of the Year 2015 & 2016

UKBlues Awards Blues Based Festival of the Year 2018

 

Three Main Stages, Nine Pub Stages and a Boat!

RIVERSIDE STAGE

BIG TOP STAGE

ACOUSTIC STAGE

 

Set in the beautiful Worcestershire riverside town of Upton upon Severn (where the flood defenses 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.

https://www.uptonbluesfestival.com/

Check out some recent festivals:

2019 photos
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.
 


17th - 26th July 2020

 

 www.edinburghjazzfestival.com
 


 

 

2020 - TBA


Gloucester R&B Festival 2019

29th July - 4th August 2019

Cafe Rene
Southgate Street
Gloucester
GL1 1TP

Tel: 01452 309340

www.caferene.co.uk/live-music

 

 


Ealing Blues Festival 2020
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

London's longest running blues festival (established 1987)

http://www.ealingbluesfestival.com/
 



www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk
Phone: 0845 299 0845

 

 

2020 - TBA

 


 

http://uckfieldbluesandroots.co.uk/

 

 

2020 - TBA



 

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

https://maryportbluesfestival.com/

 

 

2020 - TBA


18th May 2019

http://www.chiddfest.com/
 

 

 


Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Grund, Clausen

Free entry

Bluesjazzrallye  


 

 August 2020  

 

Blues Week 2020
Monday 3rd August to Saturday 8th August 2020
Hartpury College
Gloucester GL19 3BE
United Kingdom

http://www.euroblues.co.uk/workshops.php

 

 


https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival

 

 



 

Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden
Norway

Jimmie Vaughan

CC Cowboys

Shemekia Copeland

Henning Kvitnes

The Proven Ones

Bjørn Berge

Mike Andersen

www.bluesfest.no
 

 


www.wickhamfestival.co.uk
 

 

31st July - 2nd August 2020

Mold

North Wales

 

 

2020 - TBA

7 Hills Blues Festival

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th August 2019

Armagh

Northern Ireland

https://visitarmagh.com/7hills/

 

 


Saturday 15th August 2020

 

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

2020 Line-up:

TBA

Early bird ticket discounts: go to

http://radfordmillfestival.co.uk/ticketsstalls/4590055320

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

 

 

 

 

35th Rauma Blues Fest 2020
Rauma
Finland

https://www.raumablues.fi/

 

 


 

 

Le Buis

Haute-Vienne

France

http://www.lebuisbluesfestival.com/

 


2020 - TBA



Pordenone, near Venice, Italy

www.pordenonebluesfestival.it

 

 

 

 

Wespelaar, Belgium

 

http://www.swingwespelaar.be/

 

 


21st - 23rd August 2020

Old Bush Blues 2020

The Old Bush
Callow End
Worcestershire

http://www.old-bush.com/old-bush-blues/

 


 

-Blues roots rock soul-

Het (Ge)Varenwinkelfestival is het blues- & rootsfestival in Herselt
(België) op 27, 28 en 29 augustus 2020. Sfeer en topmuziek verzekerd.

Gevarenwinkel vzw
Wolfsdonksesteenweg 160
2230 Herselt
België

 

 


27th - 31st August 2020

Rye
East Sussex
TN31 7LE

www.ryejazz.com

 


 




The 31st Great British R&B Festival 2020,
Colne, Lancashire

Bank Holiday Weekend 2020
Friday 28th - Sunday 30th August 2020

https://www.bluesfestival.co.uk/

 

Latest Update: 13/03/20

Thanks For The Applications
Last month we launched our ‘Under The Radar’ project, in association with the UK Blues Federation.
The team of judges, made up of industry professionals - including radio presenters, promoters and festival organisers - were seeking blues-based acts with originality (no ‘covers’ bands!), creativity, technical ability, musical compatibility to the festival, and entertainment value, being at the core of their choices.    
The project proved to be immensely popular, with over 130 applications and outstanding quality in terms of musicianship.
The judges now have the difficult task of choosing two acts/bands to play this summer's main stages. The chosen acts will be announced in due course.  
Read more

Pete Marsh – Festival Artist In Residence - Returns For 2020 
Following the hugely successful ‘Pop Up Gallery’ at the 2019 festival, Pete will return for the 2020 festival to showcase his unique style of capturing artists live on stage.  Pete will exhibit a selection of artworks captured during the 2019 blues festival in Colne. Artist browsers will form part of the exhibit, allowing music lovers to view many lino cuts and artworks of Pete’s ‘live’ work.  The exhibition will be in place in the Muni venue for the duration of the 2020 festival.
Pete Marsh artist in residence info and gallery


 
2020 Festival Line Up: A-Z Format
You can view a current list of artists for this summer’s festival in an easy-to-follow A-Z format.  Bands and artists are still being confirmed
; the list is being added to on a regular basis, and is by no means complete.  View the line-up A-Z list for the 2020 festivalFestival Artist A-Z

 
2020 Festival Artwork
The artwork for this summer’s festival has been unleashed, and we're rather pleased with it. We've added various forms/shapes/sizes into the festival dropbox, feel free to use it where you can.
http://bit.ly/BluesDropbox   

Women In Blues
We took the opportunity to use International Women’s Day last weekend to celebrate women’s achievements in music… and to enjoy a huge ‘cheers’ to all the incredible female talent we have lined up as part of our festival this August.  Paddy Maguire, festival artist coordinator, commented “We’re extremely proud of our line up and of the huge array of female talent which will grace our stages this year.”
Artists include - Kyla Brox, Layla Zoe, Ma Bessie and many more.
Celebrating Women In Blues

 

Further festival news items are available online here:
https://www.bluesfestival.co.uk/news/ 

Previous Udate:

The UKBlues Federation has teamed up with The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne to offer up-and-coming, under-the-radar acts (solo artists or bands) the opportunity to play the main stages at the festival this summer.

Apply to play via the festival website. Deadline for applications is Saturday 29th February: 
Apply to Play.  

As part of the process, applicants are asked to submit a link to a sound recording, along with a link to a video of their act performing live. Applications will be perused by a panel of music professionals, who will use the submitted sound recordings and videos to select a shortlist. A mix of award-winning musicians, recording artists, event managers, radio presenters and more, make up the judging panel.

Two bands/artists will be chosen to each play a one hour slot. The judges are seeking blues-based acts with originality (no 'covers' bands please), creativity, technical ability, musical compatibility to the festival, and entertainment value, being at the core of their choices. The acts must not have played the festival within the last 3 years. The bands must make their own way to and from the festival. The available musical slots will be paid, as will accommodation.   


In addition to a slot at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, one of the chosen acts will be nominated to be part of the UKBlues Challenge 2020.

Steve Potter from the UKBlues Federation explains further. "Keeping the blues genre alive and fresh is a huge part of what our federation strives to do. Discovering up-and-coming artists and showcasing them in a vibrant, upbeat, busy environment, such as at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, has a significant impact on both the musicians and the musical genre as a whole. We're thrilled to be involved in helping to bring forward new music to the scene, and supporting the music and musicians in any way we can." 

And there's more...
 
In addition to a slot at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, one of the chosen festival acts will be nominated to take part in the 2020 UKBlues Challenge, organised by the UKBlues Federation. The winner of the 2020 UKBlues Challenge will be invited to represent the UK at the 37th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2021 and the 11th European Blues Challenge in Chorzow, Poland in April 2021.  


Five acts will take part in the 2020 UKBlues Challenge, four of whom will have been selected under a process run by the UKBlues Federation, with the fifth being selected from those acts appearing at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival under the project's banner.
   

Ashwyn Smyth, Chair of the UK Blues Federation said "Each year, the UKBlues Challenge contestants are very varied, creating differing blues soundscapes from across the genre and demonstrating the fact that blues is a 'broad church'. I am looking forward to seeing who the judges choose as the winner. I know it won't be an easy choice. I am immensely proud that since we took on responsibility for selecting the UK’s representatives at the International and European Blues Challenges, we have twice reached the semi-finals in Memphis and twice won the European Blues Challenge. As is clear from the quotes below, participating in the UKBlues Challenge really raises profiles and brings acts to a much wider audience."   

Quotes from previous UKBlues Challenge artists:   

"Being selected to take part in the UKBlues Challenge is first and foremost an honour, we were humbled to be asked. If you happen to 'win' as we did it, becomes a delicious opportunity to reach a wider audience, giving us even more cause to feel really positive about the music we make - all the while backed by the very supportive UKBlues Federation. Get stuck in, it's totally worth it.
The Achievers - UKBlues Challenge Winners 2019

"It’s impossible to say how much taking part in the UKBlues Challenge has propelled our career and contributed to such a successful time for us. It has helped us to bring our music to new audiences, gaining new fans and gigging opportunities across the UK... and worldwide. I can’t thank the UKBlues Federation enough for all the work they put into the challenges and for keeping UKBlues scene alive and kicking."
Kyla Brox - UKBlues Challenge Winner 2018    


"The UKBlues Challenge was a great opportunity for us to play some fantastic venues with some amazing bands. To think this little band from the Essex Delta would play on Beale Street is a dream come true!"
La Vendore Rogue - UKBlues Challenge Winners 2017
  

"Winning the European Blues Challenge in 2017 gave me the opportunity to explore my career outside the UK & Northern Ireland. I now live in France and have found great management who have helped me gain momentum in Europe. I believe that taking part in the UK Blues Challenge directly led to the amazing opportunities that have come my way. I will always be grateful for the challenge and the UK Blues Federation." 
Kaz Hawkins - UKBlues Challenge Winner 2016  

For further information and to apply, visit the Blues Festival website: https://www.bluesfestival.co.uk/under-the-radar-project/
Further information on the UKBlues Federation:  
https://www.ukblues.org/
Further festival news items are available online here:
https://www.bluesfestival.co.uk/news/ 

 

Confirmed Sunday artists include:

Kyla Brox, Mike Farris & His Band, Peter Donegan, Lightnin’ Willie & The Poor Boys, The Achievers, The Cinelli Brothers, Robin Bibi Band, The Stumble, Mojo Preachers , Redfish, Henry’s Funeral Shoe… with more announcements to follow.

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More news from the festival:
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Youtube: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCynO3pUv-zyghzS-8NYuwcA
 
 

www.bluesfestival.co.uk

Ticket hotline: 01282 661234
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 September 2020  

 

2020 - TBA

 

Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen
Netherlands

www.bluesrockfestival.nl
 

 

2020 - TBA

Salindres

France

https://www.facebook.com/Color-blues-festival-201682480011948/

 

 

 


Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway

www.bluesinhell.no
 

 

Monaghan Town

Ireland

http://www.harvestblues.ie/HOME

 

 

Stockport Blues Festival 2020

5th - 6th September 2020

Stockport Blues Society and Spinning Top (Stockport) Ltd present the town's first blues festival over the weekend of 5th & 6th Sept.

Held at both The Garrick Theatre and The Spinning Top live music bar. One venue below the other!

Doors both days 1pm
Music both days starts 2pm
Saturday finish 11pm
Sunday finish 9.30pm

Full details and line ups to be confirmed
Approx 18 live acts over 2 days on two stages.

Venues are located 2 mins. walk from X2 hotels / railway station / bus station and local amenities.

Tickets available here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/494834

The Spinning Top
20 Wellington Road South
Stockport SK4 1AA

http://www.thespinningtop.co.uk/
 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY 4 2020

In all these years AmenoBlues has tried to keep the Festival alive, offering a high quality billboard and bringing internationally-known artists at a price accessible to everyone to a small village, peripheral to the major cultural circuits.

Despite the efforts put in place, the niche music genre and the few resources available, unfortunately, do not allow us to maintain that economic balance that would have allowed us to continue with serenity.

We therefore wish to share a special evening of greeting with our loyal public, which will be the last occasion to enjoy the atmosphere of the square in Ameno. The event will take place on Saturday 4th July and that evening we will try to bring some of the musicians who have characterized the magnificent evenings of past editions to the stage, in a sort of small The Last Waltz.

Amenoblues will continue to organize concerts at the Tornielli Museum, always guaranteeing a high level of musical proposals.

We thank all the fans who have followed us with affection in recent years, we invite you to follow the website and the facebook page to find out the next events.

AmenoBlues Festival
Ameno, Novara, Italy

http://www.amenoblues.it/

 

 

 

Margate Rhythm & Rock 2020

Margate Winter Gardens

www.margaterock.com

 

 


 

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

After nine years, the time has come to put the Big Green Cardigan into the wardrobe and leave it there. The festival has never covered its cost and as much as we love it, financially we cannot carry on.  It’s been a marvellous  adventure making friends and discovering  some great acts together but now it is time to move on to new things. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported The Big Green Cardigan since 2011 and hope you go away with some dashingly good memories.
 So long, and thanks for all the fish 
 

Mick & Dave
The Big Green Cardigan

www.biggreencardigan.com

www.facebook.com/TBGCardigan 

 

 

 

 

2020 - TBA


UKBlues Challenge 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019

BlueFunk Rhythm & Blues Club

Poynton

Cheshire

Details here:

https://www.ukblues.org/our-work/uk-blues-challenge/

 

 

2020 - TBA


Join the 4th European Blues Cruise !

Welcome aboard to experience beautiful holidays and blues passion, with best American Artists: Rip Lee Pryor, Carl Weathersby, Wayne Baker Brooks, Nora Jean Bruso, Liz Mandeville, Toronzo Cannon and the Italian Grammy Nominee Fabrizio Poggi with Enrico Polverari.

Choose your departure ! From Nice and Genoa Sept 10 to 14, 2018 or from Marseilles : Sept 11 to 15, 2018

Click here for Press Release

Info and booking : www.europeanbluescruise.com

 

 

 

 

2020 - TBA

 

SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2018

Edinburgh Corn Exchange

 

The Edinburgh Blues ‘N’ Rock Festival returns this year on Saturday 22 September at The Corn Exchange. This year the festival will be promoted and programmed by the Edinburgh Blues Club who have shaped a fantastic contemporary lineup for 2018. The event features headliners Ten Years After and Dana Fuchs, plus The Rising Souls, Mitch Laddie Band, The Jensen Interceptors and Charlotte Marshall & The 45s. 
Tickets are available for £30 at 

https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/edinburgh-blues-n-rock-festival-edinburgh-corn-exchange-tickets/8006115


 


 

 

2020 - TBA


 

 


Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2020

Orkney Blues Festival
Stromness
Orkney Islands

www.orkneyblues.co.uk
 

 October 2020  

 


1st Oct - 4th Oct 2020
(Also see the 20th Swanage Blues 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.

ARTISTS APPEARING - TBA

WEBSITE
www.swanage-blues.org

MAILING LIST
Join the monthly mailing list at www.swanage-blues.org

FACEBOOK
Swanage Blues www.facebook.com/swanagebluesfest
Open Mic www.facebook.com/swanagebluesopenmic
Steve Darrington www.facebook.com/steve.darrington

EMAIL
info@swanage-blues.org

 


Recent article in 'The Cumberland News' :

Here's the text version:

The popular Carlisle Blues Rock Festival has been saved after businesses came forward to sponsor it for 2020.

This year the popular three-day event was expected to be the last, with no plans to continue. But businesses have come together to rescue the festival which will prevent it becoming another festival closure statistic and loss of live music.

Director/Organiser Nick Westgarth said that he is extremely grateful to all of the companies who have stepped forward to help.  Steve Potter of Form FitOut and Charles Scott from MacBeth Scott, both of whom also sponsored the 2019 event, have been joined by KNS Automotive of Peterlee and Annandale Distillery of Annan who have added their support for 2020.  Together those businesses have ensured that the festival has a future in 2020.

The popular festival, nominated for best festival in The UK Blues Awards, closed after the 2019 event in September with no plans to continue.

Organiser Nick said that the event can no longer run without funding or sponsorship: “It used to be totally self-financing but sadly that’s no longer the case. When the festival closed at the end of September it had no future, financially it was finished.”

The smaller venue and ever-increasing costs meant it had become impossible to stage the event without financial support.

“The only way to keep it self-financing would be to lower the profile of the bands or raise the ticket prices substantially, neither of which I feel would be good for the future of the festival,“ He added.

The companies which have stepped forward to help are not local but have people within their organisations who are keen supporters of live music.

Steve Potter of Form FitOut, a Rochester company, is an active board member of the UK Blues Federation while Charles Scott of MacBeth Scott & Co in Kendal is a keen music lover and a supporter of numerous Cumbrian events.

John Robson of KNS Automotive and two friends were in the audience in September and came forward immediately after the festival with an offer of help.

“They had enjoyed the event so much they didn’t want to see the festival to close for financial reasons,” said Nick.

The most recent acquisition is the prestigious award-winning Annandale Distillery which has a distillery and cafe just north of the Scottish Border in Annan.  The distillery, with their international award-winning whisky is keen to associate with the festival, which enjoys an international reputation.

The festival has a reputation for the quality of the bands it brings to Carlisle.  “I am confident I will be able to pull a top-class line-up together for 2020.  Call it twenty, twenty vision if you wish,” Nick added with a wry smile.

The 2020 event will take place from 2nd to 4th October at the Crown & Mitre Hotel in Carlisle.

For more information, go to www.carlislebluesfestival.com

 



The Crown & Mitre Hotel
, Carlisle

 www.carlislebluesfestival.com

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It just doesn't come any better !!

 

 


 

http://www.callanderjazz.com/

 

 

2020 - TBA

 

opens Wed 2nd October 2019

 

 


2020 - TBA

5th - 6th October 2018

Mike VERNON & Mighty Combo

Dani Wilde Blues Band

Trudy LYNN & Steve KRASE + The Ozdemirs

Lisa MILLS & True Believer

Jimmy REITER Band

http://festival-blues-bretagne.fr/

Association Blues des deux rivières
Mairie
4 rue Crec'h Ugen
22810 Belle isle en terre

Contact: Office de tourisme du pays de Belle isle en terre

02 96 43 01 71

 

 

 

 

2020 - TBA

10 - 14 October 2019


www.lancastermusicfestival.com
 


 

40th Rawa Blues Festival 2020
Katowice
Poland

 

www.rawablues.com

 


2020 - TBA

Southport's Big Blues Festival


The Atkinson
Lord Street
Southport
PR8 1DB

Artists include:

TBA

Box Office:
01704 533333

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/

 


 


9th - 11th October 2020

23rd Beer R&B Festival 2020
Beer
Devon
EX12 3JP

 

www.beerblues.co.uk
Phone: 01494 511886
Email: sheila@beerblues.co.uk

 

 


 

 


13th October 2018

2020 - TBA

 

 

 


2020 - TBA

21st - 26th October 2019

Freiburg Blues N'Roots Festival 2019

www.freiburg-bluesfestival.de

 

 

2020 - TBA





2020 - TBA

25th - 26th October 2018

London Blues Festival 2018
The O2

www.bluesfest.co.uk

 

 November 2020  

 


 

15th Blues Heaven Festival 2020
Frederikshavn
Denmark

www.bluesfestivalen.dk
 

 

2020 - TBA

Vully Blues Festival
Praz, Switzerland

http://www.vullybluesclub.ch/festival.html

 

 

 

 

Fri 13th - Sun 15th Nov 2020
15th Tenby Blues Festival 2020
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

www.tenbyblues.co.uk

Contact:
Tenby Events,
De Valence,
Upper Frog Street,
Tenby,
Pembrokeshire SA70 7JD
Phone/Fax: 01834 843568
Email:
info@tenbyblues.co.uk

 


7th - 15th November 2020
26th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2020
Lucrene
Switzerland

www.bluesfestival.ch

 

 

 

2020 - TBA

 

Saturday 24th November 2018

Ageas Bowl

Southampton

 

Get the blues at the Ageas Bowl

 

On the evening of Saturday 24th November, Blues @ the Bowl sees three fantastic acts take to the stage at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl for the venue’s first ever blues night.

 

Hailing from Bristol, 2017 European Blues Awards nominee Elles Bailey is known for her 'smoky vocals' seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with a contemporary edge.

 

Crossfire, featuring Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens is a four-piece consisting of vocalist Alice Armstrong, drummer Stuart James, Martin Potter on bass, and 14-year old guitar prodigy Marcus. 

 

The Dan Sowerby Band plays original songs written by frontman Dan, as well as classic blues covers. Matt Paull on double bass and Ben Coley on drums complete the trio.

 

Blues themed food will be available, including for one night only, a special Blues Ale brewed by Downton Brewery near Salisbury.

 

Tickets are £15 and Blues @ the Bowl takes place in the Rod Bransgrove Pavilion at Hampshire County Cricket’s Ageas Bowl on Botley Road, Southampton. Doors open at 6pm with the first act from 6:30pm. Free parking is available.

 

Call 02380 472002 (option 2) to reserve tickets.

 

Details of the event can be found at 
www.ageasbowl.com/ageas-bowl-live/blues-at-the-bowl/

 

 December 2020  

  

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