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Here is the new format UK and European Blues Festivals Guide 2013, including blues related workshops, exhibitions and lectures.   I'm still waiting for details of some festivals towards the end of the year (shown as "2013 - TBA"). 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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Phone: 0870 601 6012


Fri 25th to Sun 27th Jan 2013
Skegness Rock & Blues Festival
Butlins Resort
PE25 1NJ

Phone: 0870 162 1805

Colin Blunstone
Steve Cropper (See Interview)
The Blues Band (See Interview)
Woodstock Legend - Leo Lyons & Joe Gooch Hundred Seventy Split
Oliver-Dawson Saxon
Blue Coupe (ex Founding members of Blue Oyster Cult & Alice Cooper)
Mick Ralphs Blues Band (Original Bad Company)
AB/CD (Winner of Highway to Fame) picked by Angus and Malcolm Young from AC/DC)
Gerry McAvoy's Band Of Friends
Colin Blunstone Band
Laurence Jones
Slack Alice
Billy Walton Band
Erja Lyytinen (See Interview)
Virgil And The Accelerators
Snake Davis (See Interview)
Jim Diamond
Dave Kelly (See Interview)
Mitch Laddie (See Interview)
Animals & Friends (See Interview)

Check out the 2012 photos
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Check out the 2008 photos


Friday: TBA

Saturday afternoon: TBA

Saturday night: TBA

Sunday afternoon acoustic: TBA

Sunday night: TBA


The Lymm Festival Winter Warmer team is pleased to invite you to a terrific blues night featuring festival favourites Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt - The Blues Duo - who will be appearing at Lymm Golf Club on Friday 1st February at 8pm. Since their last appearance at the Lymm Festival in 2011 Tommy and Johnny have taken the blues world by storm with their stunning Chicago style acoustic blues act, and we are very pleased that the boys have agreed to play for us at our first Winter Warmer event of 2013. 

The first part of the evening will feature the duo performing in the acoustic style which is now attracting a lot of attention throughout the UK and beyond. They will play lots of old favourites and several numbers from their new CD. The duo will then be joined on stage by some old friends including members of the Smokehouse Blues Band to play two further sets of classic blues and swing. Not to be missed! 

Lymm Golf Club
Friday 1st February at 8pm - doors open at 7:30pm
Admission: £10
Full bar facilities
Tickets are available as follows:
Online at
or from Lymm Electric
or from Rushgreen Services
Please call Dave Sawyer on 01925 418046 for further details

Mahindra Blues Festival

Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Walter Trout & The radicals
Popa Chubby
The Dana Fuchs Band
Michael Messer and The Second Mind Band
Big Band Blues
Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers

Coming soon: 'Blues in India'
(A short article on the evolutionary interest in the Blues in India)


Fri 22nd Feb - Sunday 24th Feb 2013
Broadstairs Blues Bash
Broadstairs Pavilion

Headline Act:
The Blues Band


Fri 1st to Sun 3rd March 2013
Acoustic Blues Weekend
The Atrix

Contact: Atrix Box Office 01527 577330

Euroblues Promotions Ltd.
01242 701765 

A weekend of workshops, jams and performances

The tutors are:

Keith Dunn (harmonica)
Homesick Mac (bottleneck slide guitar)
Michael Roach (country blues guitar).


Fri 1st March - Sun 3rd March 2013
The 13th Swanage Blues Festival
(Also see the 6th Swanage Blues & Roots Festival in October and the Purbeck Roots & Rhythm Festival in June)

"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


Andy Grant Trio,
Assorted Buskers,
Back Porch,
Blind Lemon Gliders,
Blue Touch,
Blues Machine,
C Sharp Blues,
Dan Sowerby Band,
David Raphael Band,
Fabulous Fezheads,
Hugh Budden,
Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band,
Jason Manners & 3 Buck Shirt,
Jay Tamkin,
Johnny Sharp,
Jon Walsh,
Lewis Cohen,
Milton-Farrow Skiffle 'n' Blues Band,
Motel 6,
Open Mic Sessions with Johnny Sharp and Martin Froud,
Paint It Blue,
Riotous Brothers,
Riverside Blues Band,
Robert Hokum & The Devil Drives,
Robin Bibi Band,
Saiichi Sugiyama Band,
Stan's Blues Jamboree,
Steve Darrington,
Tim Harrison,
Tin Cats,
Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt,
Will Killeen,
Zoe Schwarz and Blue Commotion

30 Gigs in 15 Indoor Venues



8th - 24th March 2013
Fifestock Music Festival 2013
"Backstage at The Green" Hotel
KY13 8AS


Tickets available from the box office:
The Green Hotel: (+44) 01577 863 467


Fri 8th Mar
 - Gail Davies Band £15

Sat 9th Mar
 - Acoustic Strawbs £18

Sun 10th Mar
 - Sinnerboy (Rory Gallagher Tribute) £12

Wed 13th Mar
 - DGV Sound - Experience £8

Thu 14th Mar
 - Gavin Redshaw £8

Fri 15th Mar
 - Maria Muldaur £22

Sat 16th Mar
 - Dave 'Bucket' Colwell & Friends £15

Sun 17th Mar
 - Stevie Nimmo £14

Wed 20th Mar
 - Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash £22

Thu 21st Mar
 - DGV Sound - Experience £8

Fri 22nd Mar
 - Ian Hunter with his Acoustic Trio £40

Sat 23rd Mar
 - Ian Hunter with his Acoustic Trio £40

Sun 24th Mar
 - The Mentulls £10



12th - 17th March 2013

Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

L'association le Comptoir Magique
29 rue de Calais  60000 Beauvais
Phone: 0870 601 6012


Scarborough Blues Club
Top Secret Blues Festival 2013
Tuesday 19th March -
Sunday 24th March 2013
Cellar Bar, The Cask Inn, Scarborough, YO11 2LQ


A stunning line-up of brilliant blues musicians in the heart of the Lake District 

After the success of the 2012 Bowness Bay Blues festival, we have exciting plans

for the next one - so do keep 22 to 24 March clear in your 2013 diary. 

There will be top-quality music on offer all weekend
- ranging from sizzling electric to mellow acoustic blues and foot-tapping R'n'B
- in some wonderfully atmospheric venues surrounding Lake Windermere.

Keep checking the website for further details as we count down to the festival.

 Tickets will be on sale from January via

Make sure you book yours early, as word is getting round about this great new festival!

 Bowness Bay Blues is organised by the Rotary Club of Windermere, and all profits will go to charity.

Burn How Hotel
Hole in’t Wall
Hydro Hotel
Lake District Boat Club
Stags Head Hotel
Ship Inn
Village Inn


Easter Weekend
Fri 28th March - Sun 1st April 2013

17th Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival
Nantwich Civic Hall & The Crown Hotel

The Blockheads,
Connie Lush and Blues Shouter,
Mike Peters (The Alarm),
Sad Cafe,
Jive Aces


Friday 5th - Saturday 6th April 2013
Theatre of Blues
Walker Theatre
Theatre Severn

Buddy Whittington
Dani Wilde
Tim Aves & Wolfpack
Bex Marshall
Fuschi 4
24 Pesos
Slack Alice
Jenna Hooson
Battle of the Blues winner

Box Office: 01743 281281

2013 Artists:

Rosanne Cash
Julie & The New Favourites
Buddy Whittington & Trond Olsen Band
Nikki Hill
The Paladins
Yngve & His Boogie Legs
Sticky Forks
Frank Bjørdal & His Bluesrevue
Si Cranstoun & Band
Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Bert Deivert - Blues Roots Trio
Samantha Fish

Jolly Jumper & Big Moe
Folk Paa Tur

DJ: Chris Powers




3rd - 5th May 2013

Dumfries and Galloway

4th May - 1st June 2013
Blues Festival & Holiday
Calabria, Southern Italy

Cherry Lee Mewis (UK),
Earl Green (UK),
Estelle Kokot (UK),
Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA),
Franck Ash (France),
Diz Watson (UK),
Otis Grand (UK),
Robin Bibi (UK),
Tasha Taylor (USA),
Little Devils (UK),
Todd Sharpeville (UK)


The 25th Burnley International Rock & Blues Festival 2013
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th May 2013

Friday, 3rd May 2013

Mike Sanchez and his Band
Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers

Saturday, 4th May 2013

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Hokie Joint
David Midgen and the Dirty Words

Sunday, 5th May 2013

Wishbone Ash
The Zombies featuring Rod Argent & Colin Blunstone
Paul Jones and Dave Kelly
Lucy Zirins

Artists subject to change

In Association with AMS NEVE
Phone: 01282 664400

Check out the 2012 Festival Photos
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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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Sat 4th - Sun 5th May 2013
10th Guisborough Rhythm & Blues Festival
Guisborough Football Club
Howlbeck Road
CA11 7JG

Thu 9th May - Sat 25th May 2013

Click here for artist information:

Fri 10th - Sun 12th May 2013
15th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2013
Laxey Pavilion Ballroom,

Laxey Glen Gardens,

Isle of Man

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

Larry McCray Band
Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces
King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Dani Wilde Band
Tom Attah
Wizz Jones



Friday 10th May - Sat 11th May 2013
The Bangor on Dee Blues & Real Ale Festival
The Buck House Hotel, Bangor on Dee, Wrexham LL13 0BU

In a large, warm dry marquee in the hotel grounds - chairs available but bring your own.
20 + real ales and ciders, food available all day plus comfortable seating within hotel.
All profits go back into the local community e.g. the play group, church, senior citizens group,
playing fields, etc

The Spikedrivers have replaced Marcus Bonfanti and Paddy Milner on Saturday
as Marcus and Paddy are unable to appear

Friday May 10th7.30pm start

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Blues Boy Dan
(See Interview)

Saturday May 11th 2pm start

Larry McCray
(See Interview)
Steve Roux and The White Knuckle Blues Band
(See Steve Roux Interview)
The Spikedrivers
Kent DuChaine

MC Pete Evans


Tickets May 10th In advance -£15 , on door - £20
May 11th in advance -£20 , on door - £25
Weekender in advance -£30, on door - £35
Advance tickets to be purchased by May 4th

Camping available with WCs and showers - £5 per person (5 mins walk )

Caravan site available at Bank Farm, Bangor on Dee.
Call Mr and Mrs L Done - 01978 780275 ( 5 mins walk)

Minibus available to local hotels, b&bs in 4 mile radius.

Apply by post for tickets and camping vouchers to the Buck House Hotel
with a cheque made out to The Buck House Hotel.
Please include a stamped addressed envelope.

Credit card applications - call The Buck House on 01978 780336

Music organised by Goin' Up The Country Blues & Roots Club, Worthenbury -


Fri 10th May - Sat 11th May 2013
21e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2013
The Netherlands

Saturday, 18th May 2013
Stourbridge Blues Festival

Fri 10th - Sat 11th May 2013

La programmation de l'édition 2013 est bientôt bouclée.
Il va y avoir du beau monde! Neal Black (entre autres), un grand,
très grand guitariste texan qui envoie du lourd, je vous le garantis !

TBA May 2013
Leeds Blues Festival or email

Hoagies, Eastgate
The Hop, Granary Wharf


Internationales Bluesfest Eutin

17th to 20th May 2013

Check out details on their website:


Weds 22nd - Mon 27th May 2013
The 15th Annual International
Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

Warrenpoint, Nothern Ireland

Click here to download the Gig Planner


Fri 24th - Sun 26th May 2013

Friday 24th May 2013
Aynsley Lister
Ron Sayer
Blues Boy Dan

Saturday 25th May 2013
Jo Harman and Company
Paul Lamb & The Detroit Breakdown
Tom Attah

Sunday 26th May 2013
Marcus Bonfanti and Paddy Milner
The Kyla Brox Band
Lucy Zirins

More information can also be found on the festival's website and
the Facebook page at


Fri 31st May - Sun 2nd June 2013

The Hollies
The Proclaimers
John Otway
Curved Air
plus many others...


7th - 8th June 2013

Sementin Live Open Air Music Festival
Near Lugano

Friday 7th June
Stacie Collins (USA)
Max Dega & Shurablues (CH)

Saturday 8th June
Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces
Prime Code (CH)
Pocafera Band (CH)


Friday 7th June 2013
Mike Sanchez
Steve Roux and The Brass Knuckle Band
Blue Touch

Saturday 8th June 2013
King King
Chantel McGregor
David Raphael Band
Jodie O'Callaghan & The Pocket Band

"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".



No Festival in 2013

- next festival Fri 23rd - Sun 25th May 2014
  (dates to be confirmed)

"We have decided to take 'a Glastonbury'- a year out - and not to run a Festival in 2013. The time and effort expended organising the weekend is enormous, and inevitably takes its toll. So it's time for a breather. But, at the moment, a Festival is planned for Friday 23, Saturday 24, and Sunday 25 May 2014. 

However, in the meantime, we may plan single gigs at Seale-Hayne, if, and when, suitable performers are found. If you aren't already on our mailing list, please send us a note via the 'Contacts' page, and we will keep you informed. 

So, to all our friends and supporters, see you soon!"

Ashburton Blues Festival
Seale-Hayne Estate

"The venue is moving ten minutes out of town to Seale-Hayne, a beautiful collection of Grade II listed buildings and estate. The new home for the Festival allows vastly improved facilities including on-site accommodation; camping, campervan and caravan areas; superb staging, sound and lighting; all fringe gigs on-site; cafe; Bays Brewery real ale bars; ample free parking; shuttle buses to and from Ashburton and Newton Abbot".

07855 307556

Also check out Torquay Blues Festival:

Check out BBC Radio Devon Mondays 6.00pm for Devon's own Blues radio show.



Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th June 2013
Diggle Blues Festival

Thursday 13th June 2013
Victor Brox

Friday 14th June 2013
Mike Parker

Saturday 14th June 2013
Arthur Cale
Mick Spag
Bourbon St Preachers
Charlie White

Sunday 15th June 2013
Paddy O'Hare
Mike Sweeney
Bourbon Words

Entrance to all venues is FREE



Friday 21st June at 7.45pm

The Dale Storr Trio

Tickets: £8.00 (or £12 for both concerts)

Saturday 22nd June at 7.45pm

Big City Blues Band
(ex The Hummingbirds)

Tickets: £8.00 (or £12 for both concerts)

Bradfield Village Hall
Low Bradfield
S6 6LB


Fri 21st - Sun 23rd June 2013
Linton Festival 2013
Alma Inn

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Friday 21st June
The Union
Larry Miller
Ben Poole

Saturday 22nd June
Ruby Turner
Sandi Thom
Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges (USA)
The Nimmo Brothers (See interview)
Connie Lush & Blues Shouter (See interview)
Mitch Laddie (See interview)
Nat Martin Band

Sunday 23rd June
Hayseed Dixie (USA)
Gerry McAvoy's Band Of Friends
Grainne Duffy (See interview)
Jay Tamkin Band
The Idle Hands
Laurence Jones

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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14th - 29th June 2013
Grassington Festival

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
(Wednesday 26th June)

The Festival Office
North Yorkshire
BD23 5AY
Phone: 01756 752691



Thurs 20th - Sun 23rd June 2013
The 22nd Blues On The Farm
Appledram Farm
Birdham Road
West Sussex PO20 7EH
Phone: 01243 773828
or 01243 539072

Larry Miller Band
Grainne Duffy

Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
Hat Fitz & Cara
Never The Bride

Mud Morganfield
Matthew Lee
Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces
Rodney Branigan

Chris Farlowe with The Norman Beaker Band
Jo Harman
Woody Mann
Goldie Reed
plus others TBA

Fri 21st - Sun 23rd June 2013
BluesWater Festival 2013
The 8th Morecambe Blues Festival
The Platform
Central Promenade

Info and Tickets 01524 424 303
(Steve Middlesbrough)

2007 Photos and Reviews

FRI 21st June - The York Hotel

SAT 22nd June - The Platform
day show:
night show:

SUN 23rd June - The Platform

Sat 23rd June 2013
2nd Taurus Blues Festival
Taurus Crafts

"This event is designed to bring nationally acclaimed blues music to new audiences and bring more people to the broad range of blues music.

Taurus Crafts is a vibrant visitor centre celebrating creative design and healthy living. Bringing together arts, crafts, designer gifts and wholesome food, a working pottery local food shop, deli and children's activities. This festival is being organised by Jigsaw Community Festivals as part of its programme to reintroduce great live music events into local communities".

Simon 'Honeyboy' Hickling
Steve Roux & The Brass Knuckle Band
The Tommy Allen Band
Mumbo Jumbo
Ned Evett

Gates open 1pm - Music from 2pm - 11pm

Fri 28th - Sun 30th June 2013

The 19th Dundee Blues Bonanza
Dundee, Scotland
01382 305160


No Worthenbury Blues & Roots Festival in 2013

Keep looking in 2014

26th - 30th June 2013
PuistoBlues 2013

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Q. Stone
Robert Randolph & The Family Band


Friday 20.00 - 01.30

TBC 21.15

Saturday 20.00 - 02.30

LOS BLUESFALOS (Murcia) 01.30
TBC 22.30
TBC 20.00

Sunday 20.00 - 01.00

TBC 23.30
TBC 21.15
TBC 20.00

Friday 5th to Saturday 6th July 2013
Galdorf Bluesfest

Deitra Farr & The Gaildorf All Stars
(R. Wressnig, E. Crivellaro, Sax Gordon)

Robben Ford

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Ana Popovic &
The Mo' Better Love Band

Thorbjørn Risager

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Crazy Hambones

The Delta Saints

Curtis Salgado

Funky B & The Kings of Shuffle &
Johnny Rieger Band

Vache de Blues Festival 2013

Full details here:

© Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Phone Oliver: 01886 812888

Saturday, 6th July 2013
Blues on the Meadow
West Berkshire

Big Boy Bloater
Connie Lush and Blues Shouter
(See Connie Lush Interview)
Robin Bibi Band
The Mustangs
Steve Roux & The Brass Knuckle Band
(See Steve Roux Interview)
Red Butler
more soon ....

Tues 2nd to Sun 7th July 2013
20th Cognac Blues Passions

Click here for Artist Lineup

Fri 5th - Sun 7th July 2013
7th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall
Burton Agnes
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB

Click here for lineup
Box Office: 01495

12th - 14th July 2013

"Norfolk Blues society is organising a three day blues festival first for Norfolk, with bands playing simultaneously at eight venues in the centre of Dereham, all within walking distance of each other. A chance to see a whole 'mess o blues' from Mississippi swamp through R&B, Chicago blues of Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters to Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan right up to funky, verging on jazz. This not to be missed event of 2013 for all live blues fans is organised by Norfolk Blues Society. Most venues are free to enter other than for the headline artists, Ron Sayer and Dave Thomas who recently played with Paul Jones at the Maddermarket".

For more information check out:

Sat 13th to Sat 20th July 2013
Cahors Blues Festival 2013











Wed 17th to Sun 21st July 2013
The Larmer Tree Festival

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


Friday 19th - Sunday 21st July 2013

The Talbot Inn
Oxford Road
OX29 4BT






For more information check out the Thamesfest website:

For details of the Talbot Inn check out their website:


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Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2013

Three Main Stages, Nine Pub Stages and a Boat!

Featuring on the Main Stages:

Earl Jackson Band -

Innes Sibun -

Michael Messer Trio -

The Revelator Band -

The Juke Joints -

Wille & the Bandits

Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt -

Cliff Stocker’s Slack Alice -

Nublues -

Steve Morrison -

Wily Bo & the Mescal Canyon Troubadours -

David Raphael Band -

The Official Receivers -

The Swaps -

The Fabulous Boogie Boys -

Gospel Choir

Set in the beautiful Worcestershire riverside town of Upton upon Severn, the 2013 festival will be our 12th completely free blues festival – growing from a small event in a couple of pubs into what is now a festival that swamps the town with thousands of music fans, features the ‘Best of British Blues’ over a whole weekend on three main stages and nine pub venues, totally around 90 gigs over the weekend.

Check out:
2012 photos

2011 photos
2010 Photos

2009 Photos
2008 Photos
2007 Photos and Reviews
(with photos of the devastating floods)

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Roadhouse © Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Fri 19th to Sun 28th July 2013

Click here for full lineup

Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye
Saturday, 20th July 2013

Free entry

Bluesjazzrallye 2013


Friday 12th to Saturday 13th July 2013
27th Rauma Blues Fest 2013

Watermelon Slim (USA)
Heritage Blues Orchestra (USA)
Chainsaw Dupont & St Louis Blues All Stars (USA)
Northern Governors (FIN)
Tuomari Nurmio (FIN)
Dumari Ja Spuget (FIN)
Vidor Busk (NOR)
Jasmine Kara (SWE)
Micke & Lefty feat. Chef
DJ Hwy 7 (USA)


11-13 July 2013
6th Suwalki Blues Festival


27th July 2013

Sigulda Blues Festival
Sigulda Medieval Castle

Jimmy Z & The Z Tribe

Deivert / Belkin Band

Krissy Matthews Band

The Juke Joints

Andres Roots Roundabout


Fri 26th to Sun 28th July 2013
15th Maryport Blues Festival
Maryport Rugby League Club
Melpot Road
Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6NE
Phone: 01900 602122

or buy tickets online at 
or phone
0844 888 9991

Bernie Marsden © Copyright 2011 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.
Bernie Marsden
© Copyright 2011 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.


 Main Marquee
 Friday Evening (7.00pm start - 11.50pm end)
    Solway Deltas
    Lewis Hamilton Band
    Blues 'n' Trouble
    Aynsley Lister (See Interview)
 Saturday Afternoon (2.00pm start - 6.00pm end)
    Lucy Zirins (See Interview)
    Bare Bones Boogie Band
    Jo Harman and Company
 Saturday Evening (7.00pm start - 11.45pm end)
    BabaJack (See Interview)
    King King (See Interview)
    Bernie Marsden
 Sunday Afternoon (1.30pm start - 5.00pm end)
    Bluesbeaten Redshaw
    The Dove and Boweevil Band
    Albany Down
 Sunday Evening (6.00pm start - 10.30pm end)
    Blue Swamp feat. Bowden & Williamson
    Pat McManus
    Ian Parker and Parkers Alibi
 Outdoor Stage

Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st July 2013

Ealing Blues Festival
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

2pm - 10.30pm

SATURDAY 20th July
The Devil Drives
The Blue Bishops
Glorious Fools
Dale Storr New Orleans Big Band
Jules Carter Trio
The Proof featuring Paul Cox and Roger Cotton
The Chairs

SUNDAY 21st July
Dr. Feelgood
Sam Kelly and Friends
The Spikedrivers
Gary Fletcher Band
Never The Bride
Rabbit Foot
John O'Leary/Alan Glen All Star Blues Revue
The Geoff Garbow Blues Band featuring Emily Lee
Robert Hokum Blues Band

Friday 27 July 2013

The Worried Men
9pm Cafe Rene, Southgate St

Saturday 28 July 2013

Starts 12pm Cafe Rene, Southgate St

The Greyfriars Stage presents…
Kingsley Salmon
Laurence Jones Band
Profoundly Blue
The Dirty Robbers
Fat Digester
Paul Lamb And The Kingsnakes

Alexander John
9pm The New County Hotel, Southgate St.

European Blues Association Displays & Archive
Between 11am – 4pm including at 1pm…
Keith Thompson’s Acoustic Blues Presentation
incorporating, writer Nick John “Blues Stories”
1st Floor, Gloucester Library, Brunswick Road
Also open 11am-4pm Thursday & Friday

Smooth Blues Saturday
9pm The Cross Keys Inn, Cross Keys Lane, off Southgate St.

The Myers Brothers Band (Canada)
8pm The Wotton Hall Club, 138, Barnwood Rd, Glos GL4 3JS
(NB. Non-Members Welcome Free)

Sunday 29 July 2013

Starts 12pm Cafe Rene, Southgate St

The Greyfriars Stage presents…
Matt Woosey

The Indigo Kings
Oliver Darling
Lazy Lester and Dani Wilde
Big Boy Bloater And The Limits


14th BluesWeek 2013
Sunday 28th July to Friday 2nd August 2013
Sunley Management Centre
University of Northampton


Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden

Thurs 1st to Sunday 4th August 2013
The 2013 Cambridge Rock Festival
Haggis Farm Polo Club,
Cambridge Road, Barton,
Cambridge CB23 7

Just off the M11, Jnct 12
Phone: 0845 299 0845

See   for details

5th Jinney Ring Blues and Beer Festival 2013
Jinney Ring Craft Centre
Hanbury Road
B60 4BU


Steve "The Doctor" Steinhaus
and the Dr Teeth Big Band
Stomp and Holler
Robert Hokum & The Guvnors
The Sarah Warren Band
Dave Onions

The Reflections
'W Factor' winners

Camping available

Phone: 01527 821 272

Armargh City 2013
Northern Ireland

2013 - TBA

Returning for its 3rd year the festival now includes over 30 free gigs filling the city.

Check out Press Release for full details

Tickets on Sale now 01420 561224

Wolfsdonksesteenweg 160
2230 Herselt
BTW: BE 0895.228.836

(Herselt is about 25 miles from Antwerp, Belgium)

Friday August 23th
Autumn Chills (B) Main 19.00-20.00 uur
Terry Harmonica" Bean (US) BTTR 20.10-20.50 uur
Lil' Jimmy Reed (US/UK) Main 21.00-22.10 uur
Terry "Harmonica" Bean (US) BTTR 22.20-23.00 uur
Gerry McAvoys Band of Friends (UK/NL) Main 23.15 uur
Saturday August 24th
Voodoo Swing (US) Main 15.00-16.00 uur
Hackensaw Boys (US) BTTR 16.10-16.50 uur
Robert Smith Blues Band (B/NL) Main 17.00-18.00 uur
Hackensaw Boys (US) BTTR 18.10-18.50 uur
James Harman (US/B) Main 19.00-20.10 uur
Slam&Howie and the reserve men (CH) BTTR 20.20-21.00 uur
The Norman Beaker Band (UK) Main 21.10-22.20 uur
Slam&Howie and the reserve men (CH) BTTR 22.30-23.10 uur
The Nightporters (UK) Main 23.20 uur



8th Rhythm Festival 2013 CANCELLED

Message from the organisers:

"I am very sad to announce that there will not be a Rhythm Festival in 2013.
I have really tried my hardest to get a festival organised, but the financial problems have proved unsurmountable. Thanks to everyone who helped make Rhythm Festival what it was from 2006".

Rhythm Recommends Wickham Festival for 2013
(see Wickham Festival entry above)

"Wickham Festival is being held over the weekend of 1-4 August, 2013 and is very much in the same "family" as Rhythm, sharing such delights as the Groovy Movie Solar-Powered Cinema and Digital Funfair. Acts already booked to appear include The Waterboys, Rolf Harris, Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands, The Blockheads, Shooglenifty, Moulettes, Slim Chance and many more".

Wickham Festival website

"We urge you to enjoy the delights of Wickham Festival 2013 and secure your tickets just as soon as you can. I am very much hoping that the Rhythm Festival community can and will transfer to Wickham."

Further information:


Fri 23rd Aug to Mon 26th Aug 2013

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Full details: Ticket hotline: 01282 661234

Early Bird Offer ends 25/06/13

The International Stage: The British Stage:
MC: Chris Powers MC: Pete Kuddy
Friday, 23rd August 2013 Friday, 23rd August 2013
7.30pm Nine Below Zero 8.00pm Full Fat Boogie Band
9.15pm Dr. Feelgood 9.15pm After Hours Blues Band
11.00pm Joe Louis Walker 10.00pm Dr. Truth
  11.00pm Slack Alice
Saturday, 24th August 2013 Saturday, 24th August 2013
2.00pm Kat & Co. 2.30pm Alligators
3.30pm Elliott Randall New York All Stars 4.00pm Charlie White Project
5.00pm Lil' Jimmy Reed 5.30pm Sharon Colgan Band
7.30pm Colne Harp Explosion featuring: 7.00pm The Midnight Ramble
  Billy Branch 8.00pm Stomp & Holler
  Sugar Blue 9.30pm Idle Hands
  Charlie Musselwhite
all backed by The Sugar Blue Band
11.00pm Blues Boy Dan & His Band
Sunday, 25th August 2013 Sunday, 25th August 2013
2.00pm The Swing Commanders 1.30pm Gary Grainger
3.30pm Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion 2.00pm British Blues Awards Presentation
5.00pm The Jive Aces 3.15pm The Revolutionaires
7.30pm Ian Siegal 4.30pm Blue Swamp
9.15pm Bill Wyman & Rhythm Kings 5.45pm Keith Thompson Band
11.00pm Steve Phillips & The Rough Diamonds 7.00pm Tom Byrne & Friends
    8.00pm Maz Mitrenko Band
  9.30pm Dale Storr Trio
  11.00pm Krissy Matthews Band
Monday, 26th August 2013 Monday, 26th August 2013
2.00pm Chris Farlowe & Norman Beaker Band 2.00pm Elias T Hoth
3.30pm Climax Blues Band 3.30pm Midnight Train (feat. Debbie Giles and Sam Kelly)
5.00pm The Pretty Things 4.45pm Minor Blues
6.15pm Wilko Johnson 5.30pm The 45's
7.30pm King King 6.15pm Gypsy Bill's Resonators
9.15pm Chas Hodges Band 7.45pm Albany Down
11.00pm Paul Lamb & The King Snakes 9.15pm The Manatees R&B Band
The Acoustic Stage: The Jessica Foxley Stage
MC: Mal Gibson aka Charlie White Click here for details of The Jessica Foxley Stage
Friday, 23rd August 2013 Roadhouses - See
8.00pm Mal Gibson aka Charlie White  
9.00pm Ian Alveston Trio  
10.00pm Dave Speight  
11.00pm Mike Sweeney / Paddy O'Hare & The Collective  
Saturday, 24th August 2013  
2.00pm Dai Thomas  
3.15pm Dave Onions  
4.30pm Mumbo Jumbo  
5.45pm Open Mic  
6.15pm TBA  
7.00pm Tom Doughty  
8.30pm Keith Thompson  
9.45pm Deborah Bonham (Acoustic)  
11.00pm BabaJack  
Sunday, 25th August 2013  
2.00pm Maz Mitrenko (Acoustic)  
3.15pm Dan Burnett (Solo)  
4.30pm Krissy Matthews (Solo)  
5.45pm Open Mic  
6.15pm TBA  
7.00pm Dale Storr (Solo)  
8.30pm Hokum Hotshots  
9.45pm Elrieka & Leopold  
11.00pm The Cats  
Monday, 26th August 2013  
2.00pm Sharon Colgan (Acoustic)  
3.15pm Gypsy Bill & Del  
4.30pm Open Mic  
5.15pm TBA  
6.00pm Howlin' Mat  
7.30pm Micky Van Gelder & Pat Clarke  
9.00pm Jaywalkers  

Check out: Photos from 2012..
The Great British R&B Festival 2012

Check out: Photos from 2011..
The Great British R&B Festival 2011

Check out: Photos from 2010..
The Great British R&B Festival 2010

Check out: Photos from 2009..
The Great British R&B Festival 2009

Check out: Photos from 2008..
The Great British R&B Festival 2008

Check out:
Photos from 2007...
The Great British R&B Festival 2007

2013 - TBA
JB's @ The Limetree Festival 2013
Limetree Farm
North Yorkshire


23rd - 35 August 2013
Bell Rock Blues Festival

Click here for the band list

12 different venues in Arbroath

FREE Entry!

Not running in 2013
Southsea Folk Roots & Blues Day

Venue: NBE CSA ("Dockyard Club")

Blues Afternoon and Folk & Roots Evening concerts will take place at the Club on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend.  Supporting (free) fringe events will be held at local pubs from the previous Friday through to the following Monday.
Main Events take place at: 
Dockyard Club
Onslow Road


Sat 24th - Sun 25th August 2013
4th Congleton Jazz & Blues Festival

More information about the festival will be made available in the programme,
you can see this on the Festival website:

And on the facebook site:

NB we have our very own festival beer, brewed by local Beartown brewery, it is called Brewgie Woogie Bear, and was a run away success at the Summer Congleton Beer festival!!



Saturday 7th September 2013

Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen

The Hoax
Khalif Wailin' Walter
Guy Forsyth
The Perpetrators
Guy Smeets Band
King of the World


Hell, Norway

Candye Kane
Tony Joe White
Bernard Allison Group
Davina & The Vagabonds
Carolyn Wonderland

Beer n' Blues Festival
(incorporating Boxstock Cigar Box Guitar Festival)
Band On The Wall, Manchester

2013 - TBA



Fri 6th - Sat 7th Sept 2013
 6th Newark Blues Festival 2013
Newark on Trent

"This year, due to a number of reasons, we have decided not to run the festival's main stage in Newark Castle Grounds. Instead, this year will see the main stage move into Newark's Palace Theatre and host a line up of top quality blues music on Friday 6th September and Saturday 7th September.

In addition there will be the usual programme of over 30 gigs in pub venues around the town".

Friday 6th Sept
The Hoax
Wildon T King
Laurence Jones

Saturday Afternoon 7th Sept
The Mustangs
Rhythm Zoo
Brothers Groove

Saturday Evening 7th Sept
Jo Harman
Ron Sayer Jr
Bare Bones Boogie Band
Blues Boy Kings


7th - 8th September 2013
Acoustic Guitar Show

The London Acoustic Guitar Show 2013

The London Acoustic Guitar Show is the ultimate event for acoustic guitar and music enthusiasts. Our 2013 event, held on 7 and 8 September 2013 at London’s prestigious Olympia venue, allows visitors to get up close and personal with the world’s greatest acoustic players, as well as the opportunity to test hundreds of acoustic guitars, gear and accessories from the industry’s biggest names and the best luthiers from all over the world.

The show, in association with Acoustic Magazine, is aimed squarely at providing a fully dedicated two-day acoustic show for the UK acoustic guitar community. After the success of the 2012 show, the London Acoustic Guitar Show will bring the best acoustic musicians to the main stage, masterclass suite and the acoustic café. This unique show is designed to promote the ever-increasing popularity of the acoustic guitar and the many styles of music associated with it. The show welcomes fans and players of all ages, technical ability and genre preference.

UK acoustic players will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the latest products and gear, watch the world’s top players in action performing within the 450 seated main stage auditorium and attend quality masterclasses and clinics, all under one roof. Access to all the live performances and clinics are included free with admission, there are no hidden costs to watch any of the main stage performances or any of the masterclasses. However, the live shows are available on a first come first serve basis – visitors should arrive early in order to collect free main stage performance tickets from the relevant stands (details of which will be online closer to the time).

Artists are being announced all the time, so make sure you check in for updates on the website and our Facebook and Twitter accounts. There will be no other place to be in 2013 if you’re an acoustic fan — see you there!


2013 -TBA

Pakefield Blues & Rock ‘n’ Roll Festivals

September 13th – 16th 2013


13th - 15th September 2013
10th Shetland Blues Festival
Britain's most northerly Blues Festival

Click here for details

Regular updates can be found on Facebook:

TBA September 2013
Norwich Blues Explosion
Norwich Arts Centre


Fri 13th - Sun 15th September 2013
Ramsbottom Festival 2013
Ramsbottom Cricket Club

Smokie Blues Festival - TBA 2013

or by telephone 01241876012

20th - 22nd September 2013

Orkney Blues Festival
Orkney Islands

Artists TBA

Harrogate Blues Festival 2013 - TBA

Blues In The City


Thursday 26th September - The New Crawdaddy

Friday 27th September - Chelmsford Social Club nr Tesco

Saturday 28th September - Fringe Day plus Chelmsford Social Club nr Tesco

Sunday 29th September - Fringe Day plus Asylum in viaducts


The Nimmo Brothers
Steve Roux and the Brass Knuckle Band
Kent DuChaine
Clare Free
Sam Kelly's Blues Band
Serious Blues
Sofie Reed
Supergroup comprising:
 Papa George, Sam Kelly, Paul Jobson, Pete Stroud, Val and Richard Hayes (Bad Influence)
Others TBA

York Blues Festival 2013 - TBA


Fri 4th Oct - Sun 6th Oct 2013
20th Swanage Blues Festival 2013
(Also see the 13th Swanage Blues Festival in March and the Purbeck Roots & Rhythm Festival in June)

"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.


Join the monthly mailing list at

Swanage Blues
Open Mic
Steve Darrington



2013 - TBA

Cotes d'Armor

Fri 4th to Mon 7th October 2013
Blues Weekend at Norton Grange

Norton Grange,
Phone: 0870 601 6012


Sat 5th October 2013
33rd Rawa Blues Festival

Keb' Mo'
Otis Taylor
Heritage Blues Orchestra
Ruthie Foster
The Stone Foxes
J. B. Ulmer & Irek Dudek Duo

Blackburn Blues Festival 2013 - TBA

Bedford Esquires Blues Festival

2013 - TBA

11th - 13th October 2013
16th Beer R&B Festival
EX12 3JP

FRIDAY Mariners Hall
Doors 8.30 Music 9:00

The Smokin' Benny Brown Band

SATURDAY Social Club
From 1:00pm

The G-Men

SATURDAY Mariners Hall
Doors 8.30 Music 9:00

Delta Groove
Cherry Lee Mewis

SUNDAY The Anchor
Music 12:00 noon

Jim Maving

SUNDAY Social Club
2:30pm start

Monster Jam session
(you can all join in....)
Phone: 01494 511886


Frome Blues 2013 - TBA


Tuesday 29th October

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Plus very special guest Mavis Staples and Her Band
Bobby Womack

Ray Gelato
Oli Brown
Matt Schofield
Smoove and Turrell

Wednesday 30th October

Van Morrison
Gregory Porter and His Band

James Hunter Six
Dr Feelgood
Marcus Bonfanti
Jo Harman
Natalie Williams

Thursday 31st October

Chris Rea

Robert Plant Presents Sensational Shape Shifters

Royal Southern Brotherhood
Georgie Fame
Ian Siegal
Ben Poole
World Party

Friday 1st November

An All Star Tribute to Bobby Bland

Huey Morgan and the New Yorkers
Cerys Matthews
Nell Brydon
Matt Taylor

Evening Tickets (not including fees) range from £35 to £150
Daytime Tickets £10

Scunthorpe Blues Festival 2013 - TBA

Click here for the latest info

26th October 2013

8th Annual Crawley Blues Festival 2013
The Hawth Foyer, Crawley
Box Office: 01293 553 636



Fri 1st - Sat 2nd Nov 2013
8th Frederikshavn Blues Festival 2013



Fri 8th - Sun 10th Nov 2013
8th Tenby Blues Festival 2013
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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



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.
 Full details on the Carlisle Blues Festival website: 

9th - 17th November 2013
19th Lucerne Blues Festival 2013

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




Fri 13th to Mon 16th December 2013
Blues Weekend at The Heathlands, Bournemouth

The Heathlands
Grove Road


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