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Here is the UK and European Blues Festivals Guide 2015, including blues related workshops, exhibitions and lectures.   I'm waiting for details of some festivals throughout the year (shown as "2015 - 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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Fri 23rd to Mon 26th Jan 2015 (3 nights)
Skegness Rock & Blues Festival
Butlins Resort
PE25 1NJ

Phone: 0870 162 1805



Friday 23rd January
4pm - 4:45pm – STARVIN SID
5pm - 5:45pm - JACK J HUTCHINSON
6pm - 6:45pm - GED WILSON
7pm - 7:45pm - REBECCA DOWNES

Saturday 24th January
4pm - 4:45pm - LOST MINUTE
7pm - 7:45pm - PIERRE K BAND

Sunday 25th January
3pm - 3:45pm - RUSSELL SINCLAIR
4pm - 4:45pm - STARK
6pm - 6:45pm - STRUGGLE BUGGY
7pm - 7:45pm - THE DELLA GRAN

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Lymm Festival Winter Warmers Blues Night

2015 - TBA

Doors open at 7:30pm for 8pm start

Lymm Golf Club, Whitbarrow Road, Lymm WA13 9AN

Bar facilities available (not included in ticket price)

Wheelchair accessible

This is certain to be one of the best events on the calendar and is bound to sell out, so make sure you get your tickets soon, either online at  or locally at Lymm Electric and Rushgreen Motors.

Mahindra Blues Festival
Mehboob Studio, Mumbai

14-15 February 2015

Friday 27th February - 1st March 2015
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:

Eddie Martin (harmonica),
Ashley Dow (bottleneck slide guitar)
Michael Roach (country blues guitar).






Fri 6th March - Sun 8th March 2015
The 15th Swanage Blues Festival
(Also see the 8th 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


2015 - TBA


TBA March 2015
Fifestock Music Festival 2015
"Backstage at The Green" Hotel
KY13 8AS


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




19th to 29th March 2015

Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

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

2015 - TBA


18th to 21st March 2015

Thursday 19th March: Ian Siegal Band


Scarborough Blues Club
Top Secret Blues Festival 2015
Friday 20th-
Sunday 22nd March 2015
Spa Ocean Room, Scarborough




The 4th Bowness Bay Blues Weekend 2015
27th-29th March 2015

Headline acts:

David Migden & The Twisted Roots,

an exciting electric five-piece, performing original material in a genre-busting
crossover of rock, blues and twisted American roots

The Laurence Jones Band,

fronted by a brilliant young guitarist who has been likened to Robin Trower
and called 'The Future of the Blues'


a unique band, with a grooving combination of rock, funk and a serious nod to the blues.

Also appearing...

  • Rosco Levee & the Southern Slide

  • The Robin Bibi Band

  • TJ and the Suitcase

  • Matt Woosey

  • Stark

  • Al Hughes

  • The Blues Duo featuring Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt

  • The Deluxe

  • Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

  • Buzz Elliott

  • The Elderly Brothers

Zoe Schwarz by Rob Stanley

Stark by Chris Giles

TJ & The Suitcase by FloCat

Matt Woosey by Stuart Stott

27-29 MARCH 2015

Word is getting round about Bowness Bay Blues festival, which has become known as 'a flagship for the very best of British blues' and one of the best-value music festivals in the North-West. No wonder tickets are selling fast, as music fans love the combination of top-quality blues performers and the stunning setting of Bowness-on-Windermere.

The organisers are particularly excited about this year's line-up, which includes some award-winning acts. Sunday headliners David Migden and the Twisted Roots represented the UK at the 2014 European Blues Challenge in Riga. And Laurence Jones, the Saturday headliner, won 'Young Artist of the Year' in the British Blues Awards. He has followed that up by being selected to represent the UK in Brussels in the European Blues Challenge in March 2015, only a couple of weeks before his appearance at Bowness Bay Blues!

The prizes are by no means confined to the headliners. Brilliant blues singer and guitarist Matt Woosey has just been named 'Acoustic Artist of the Year' by international magazine 'Blues and Soul'. And last-minute addition to the line-up, sultry-voiced, jazz-influenced singer Zoe Schwarz (of Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion) was runner-up in the female vocalist category of the British Blues Awards. Every act on the programme has their own unique take on the blues and the festival website gives full details of all this year's performers:

Examples of others to look out for include: Rosco Levee & the Southern Slide, tipped by 'Classic Rock' Magazine as 'one of the hottest bands to watch'; young alt blues band Stark who have made recent highly acclaimed appearances at London's legendary 100 Club; top blues rock guitarist Robin Bibi, who has played with big names including Robert Plant and Jimmy Page; and one-man blues dynamo TJ and the Suitcase, now making a name in the US as well as the UK.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Windermere, the 2014 festival raised over £6,000 for Automated External Defibrillators for the Windermere First Responders Team as well as other charities. The main beneficiaries from the 2015 event will be
The Alzheimer's Society and The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Tickets are now on sale from the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, at:
Tel: 01539 725133

Weekend Tickets £45, Friday Tickets £15, Saturday Tickets £30, and Sunday Tickets £20.

Click here for the Bowness Bay Blues 2015 Press Release



Easter Weekend
Thurs 2nd April - Sun 6th April 2015

19th Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival
Nantwich Civic Hall & The Crown Hotel

Thea Gilmour & Her Band
Andy Fairweather-Low & The Low Riders
Connie Lush & Blues Shouter
The Blues Band
King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Claire Martin & The Montpellier Cello Band


Royal Southern Brotherhood
Eric Bibb & Staffan Astner
Ruthie Foster
Dana Fuchs




1st - 3rd May 2015

KA17 0AQ

The Heritage Blues Quintet

The legendary British Blues All Stars
(includes Dave Kelly of the Blues Band, Pick Withers ex-Dire Straits,
plus the ubiquitous Zoot Money)

David Grissom Band

Jo Harman & Company

TC and The Moneymakers

Sean Taylor


Dumfries and Galloway

2nd May 2015

The 27th Burnley Blues Festival

King King
Mike Zito and The Wheel
Virgil and The Accelerators

King King are on a roll, they are currently the hottest draw in British Blues Rock. There are no smoke or mirrors behind their five year rise to success just killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up. There is no denying the buzz surrounding their third anticipated new album ' Reaching For the light' due for release on May 5th which is set to rubber stamp King Kings success as the boldest creative force in the game, and dashes the hopes of rivals out to take their crown.

American guitarist, singer, producer, and songwriter from St. Louis and a co-founder of Royal Southern Brotherhood Mike Zito headlines a fantastic night of blues infused music supported by two of the best young British bands on the current circuit. Renowned

Exploding onto the blues rock scene in 2009 Virgil and the Accelerators have been making a huge impression across Europe. Touring in their own right and on premium support tours with the likes of Michael Schenkers Temple Of Rock, Uriah Heep and Wilko Johnson. They are renowned for pushing the boundaries of the blues rock genre and delivering incendiary live sets

The following bands will also be performing in the new Front Room and Lounge bar throughout the afternoon. Admission FREE.

2.30pm Kae Lei

3.30pm The Forgotton Sons

5pm Roland Jones

6pm Tom Scothern Trio

7.30pm The Black Poniac 

Tickets to main stage: £20

Click here for tickets
Phone: 01282 664400

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Blues & Gospel Train

For more info click here:!/bluesgospeltrainmanchester?fref=photo

12th Guisborough Rhythm & Blues Festival
2nd-3rd May 2015
Guisborough Football Club
Howlbeck Road
CA11 7JG


8th-24th May 2015
EUROPAfest 20th Anniversary

Click here for artist information:



1st Overton on Dee Blues & Real Ale Festival 2015

Overton on Dee is a beautiful little village on the Welsh borders
approximately 8 miles south of Wrexham
Friday May 8th 2015
Two venues in the village tbc - 7pm doors for 8pm - ticket prices tbc
The Blues Duo (Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt)
Half Deaf Clatch
Saturday May 9th 2015
in the large Village Hall - £25. 12.30 doors for 1pm
Never The Bride
The Producers
David Migden & The Twisted Roots
Blue Swamp
Henri Herbert
Jack Blackman

Limited tickets available so early booking recommended

Tickets:  Weekender £30     Friday £10     Saturday £25

Send cheque made out to OVHMC with SAE to :-
Overton Blues Festival, Church Cottage, High St, Overton on Dee, Wrexham LL13 0DT 

For camping and caravan info ring before 9pm 01978 710413       

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

Shuttle service available to outlying B&Bs and Hotels 

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

Info contact 


8th - 9th May 2015
23e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2015
The Netherlands




15th - 16th May 2015

Roz'N Knight

Boneyard Moan (Fr)

Mercy (Fr)

Two Men in Blue (FR)

Alex Mirey (FR)

Roz'N Knight (FR)

Two Men in Blue

Boneyard Moan (FR)

Dani Wilde & Victoria Smith (GB)

The Untouchables Blues Band (GB)



Internationales Bluesfest Eutin

14th-17th May 2015

Thursday, 05/14

16.00h  Petra Börnerová Trio (CZ/SK/HUN)

18.15h  Joe Colombo (CH)

21.00h  Nick Moss Band (USA)

Friday, 05/15

16.00h  The Blueskollektivet (N)

18.15h  The Blues Overdrive (DK)

21.00h  Adriano BaTolba Orchester

Saturday, 05/16

13.00h  Marcus Løvdal Band (N)

15.15h  Big Creek Slim & The Cockroaches (DK)

18.00h  John F. Klaver Band (NL)

21.00h  Sean Carney Band feat. Shaun Booker (USA/F)

Sunday, 05/17

13.00h  Kraków Street Band (PL)

15:00h  Egidio Juke Ingala & The Jacknives (I)

17.15h  Tee Dee Young feat. Henry Carpaneto Band (USA/I)

19.30h Earl Thomas & The Royal Guard (USA/GB)

21.15h: Grand final: "Hosted session"


2015 Ashburton Blues Festival

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015

Seale Hayne, Devon, TQ12 6NQ
07855 307556

Mud Morganfield
Big Joe Louis and his Blues Kings
 Mike Sanchez
Big Boy Bloater
TC and the Moneymakers
The Stumble
Todd Sharpville and guest Jon Amor
Vince Lee and the Big Combo
The Excellos
The Blues Bishops
Tom Ford
Tim Aves and his Wolfpack
The Gustav Bensel Hot Club
Connor Pianoman
Russ Sinclair and the Smokin' Locos
Victoria Klewin's Mojo Hand
Blue Horizon
Stompin' Dave
The Marc Woodward Trio

There will be an after-hours jam, a daytime jam, workshops, and great food and drink including a range of Real Ales. There is a range of on-site accommodation and camping. It starts on the evening of Friday 22 May and ends on Sunday 24 May.
Tickets will be available on the website

Follow them on Twitter AshburtonBluesFest@MichaelCranmer


The 16th Annual International
Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland


Fri 22nd - Sun 24th May 2015
17th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2015
Isle of Man


The Big Wheel Blues Festival returns to the Villa Marina on Friday Saturday and Sunday May 22nd - 24th. There will be ticketed concerts on Friday and Saturday featuring international artists, doors open 7pm, and two free stages of local musicians from 12.30 to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with family entertainment courtesy of the Children's Centre. Ticket prices have been held at £22.50 inclusive of booking fee per night, available from  We will be building up towards the Festival with two Blues at Laxey Institute shows, doors 7pm, tickets £5, on Friday February 27th and Saturday March 3rd, with three top local bands each night, plus at Peel Centenary Centre on April 4th visiting UK artists Ron Sayer jr and Charlotte Joyce, doors 7pm, tickets £10.

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


19th Ribs & Blues Festival
23rd - 25th May 2015




Programmation :

Vendredi 29 mai

ouverture des portes à 17h
concerts de 18h à 2h

Samedi 30 mai

Jambalaya géant* de 13h à 15h
concerts de 17h à 2h

Sarah Savoy’s HellRaising Hayride(USA)

Dad Horse Experience

Faris : Touareg Blues Trio (Al)

Coconut Kings (CH)

Bror Gunnar Jansson (Se)

Lucky Peterson (USA)

The Two (CH) + ITW

Chicken Diamond (F)

Cheyenne (CH)

Eric Deaton

Little Joe Ayers (USA)

Bill Abel (USA)

Luke Hilly & the Cavalry (CH)

Scott H. Biram (USA)

Kenny Brown (USA) + ITW

Alvin Youngblood Hart (USA)

Final Jam

It takes place yearly in Crissier-Lausanne, Switzerland.

More info on their website:


Preston's 2nd Annual Rockin' Blues Festival
 Tonic Live Lounge, The Bear's Paw, 42 Church St,
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3DH
Phone: 01772 561697

 Doors open 1:30pm with MC Chris Powers (old school vinyl DJ)

"With such a great line-up this will undoubtedly sell out", Alan White

Buy tickets online from:

Click here for directions



Saturday 30th May 2015
2nd Blues ’n’ Roots Festival
Church Stretton




Dr Feelgood

Matt Woosey

Laurence Jones

Chantel McGregor

Ben Poole

Stomp & Holler

Armadillo Blues

Howlin' Mat

The Vincent White 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".



2015 - TBA



Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st June 2015
Diggle Blues Festival

Entrance to all venues is FREE


18th to 28th June 2015



The Radford Mill Festival of Rhythm & Blues
Bath’s newest festival set in the idyllic riverside venue of Radford Mill Farm
Saturday 20th June 2015

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


Fri 19th - Sun 21st June 2015
Linton Festival 2015
Alma Inn

Wilko Johnson,
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders,
The Hoax,
Ryan McGarvey,
Erja Lyytinen,
Layla Zoe,
Phil Bee's Freedom,
The Juke Joints,
Rosco Levee,
Billy Walton Band,
Federal Charm,
Matt Woosey,
Robbie Blunt,
The Delta Grants

We are pleased to announce our full line-up for 2015 ... arguably our best ever!
The festival will start with a bang on Friday with Dutch blues-rockers The Juke Joints, continue with Erja Lyytinen, the "Finnish slide goddess" and finish with some classic rock sounds from Snakecharmer.
Saturday promises to be a great day, with the heat mounting when Layla Zoe and Ryan McGarvey get on stage, building when the Hoax rip through some of their modern energetic blues and near exploding when Wilko tops the day.
Exciting new band The Della Grants kick off Sunday. Don't expect this to be a day of rest, as Babajack will get your feet tapping and Billy Walton will surely get you on your feet. Make sure you leave a little in reserve as we need to finish with a big sing-along compered by Andy Fairweather Low!

Click here to buy tickets

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Ryan McGarvey

Bluesman Mike Francis

Kyla Brox

Dai Thomas

Eagle Inn, Salford

Manchester Acoustic Blues Festival set to return 21-22nd June 2015 

As part of this year’s independent Manchester Biennial Festival the Manchester Acoustic Blues Festival ‘MABS Fest’ returns with a world class line up. The event will also host the European Blues Awards from 2014 that were postponed from the London Blues Fest UK following the sudden tragic passing of nominee and award winner Jack Bruce last October. Acts from right across the globe include Ryan McGarvey, Kyla Brox, France’s Peter Von Toy, Bluesman Mike Francis, Dai Thomas and annual British Rhythm & Blues Festival favourite Mal Gibson.  

MABSFest is purely acoustic and will be held in the bespoke Eagle Inn Salford to run from 4pm on Sunday 21st June with the European Blues Award winner’s presentation being held from 7pm on Monday 22nd. Entry will be limited to ticket only and for booking information and updates please see and @MABSFest on twitter. 

Click here for Kyla Brox interview
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'

all images used with permission


24th - 28th June 2015



Thurs 18th - Sun 21st June 2015
The 22nd Blues On The Farm
Appledram Farm
Birdham Road
West Sussex PO20 7EH
Phone: 01243 773828
or 01243 539072

The Hamish Stuart Band

Layze Joe
The Jar Family
The Hoax
Mud Morganfield

The Todd Sharpville Band featuring Duke Robillard
Ben Poole
Station House
Ricky Cool & The In Crowd

Mala Blue
Cajun Roosters
Brothers Groove

more to come....



Saturday 21st June 2015
(12pm - 5pm)

The Extras
Blue Swamp
Courtland Bresner
The Section
plus others to be announced ...





2015 - TBA

The 21st Dundee Blues Bonanza 2015
Dundee, Scotland
01382 305160

Music at the Crossroads Festival 2015
Ferris Hill Farm
Hook Norton
OX15 5DF

26th & 27th June 2015

The Hook Norton Charitable Association




27th June 2015
PuistoBlues 2015

Robert Cray Band

Nick Moss Band

Laurence Jones Band

Hoedown with Judge Bone & Jukka Gustavson

The Northern Governers


The Middleton Rock & Blues Festival 2015

Sunday 28th June 2015
1.00pm - 6.30pm

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

Victor Brox & Band
A real live blues legend, having worked with all the greats and recipient in 2014 of a Lifetime Achievement Award from The British Blues Awards

Tony Auton Band
Tony is probably Manchester’s most popular & prolific singer/songwriter having played with people like Chris Farlowe, Wilko Johnson, Joe Bonamasa etc. and he covers styles ranging through rock, punk, folk & blues

Lol Goodman Band
In their three years of regular gigging they’ve carved a niche as one of the North’s best, hardest working original blues/rock bands. Two critically acclaimed albums to their name and appearances this year on main stages at major blues festivals: The Riverside Stage at Upton Blues Festival, headlining the British Stage, the Great British RnB Festival in Colne and prime Saturday night slot at Stafford Blues Festival.

Nick Dow & Pete Benbow
Acoustic blues form two guys who have a deep love and understanding of traditional blues. Nick presents the long running blues show Lancashire Bluenotes on BBC Radio Lancashire every Sunday evening.

Asher & Ben
Young guys who play rock acoustic covers just a bit differently. They are both studying sound engineering in Manchester and hope to make music a career.


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






3rd & 4th July 2015

Bruce Katz Band

Earl Thomas & The Royal Guard

Robert Cray Band

Mud Morganfield

Samantha Fish

Mike Zito & The Wheel

Nikki Hill

Sugaray Rayford Band

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

The Bunch Bluesband

The Özdemirs feat. Simon Oslender

9th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall
Burton Agnes
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB

Click here for the full lineup


As always, bands overflow from the outdoor main stage into the Great Hall, our shops and cafe courtyard, and the late night sessions in our bar tent. Delicious food is prepared by our catering team, ranging from homemade burgers to spicy curries, ice creams from our vintage ice cream van, and bakes and cupcakes in our tea tent. Local, award winning Wold Top beers will be on tap, brewed just a few miles away and delivered by brewer and jazz fan Tom Mellor, who then picks up his guitar to play in the Hall.

There is camping in the beautiful surroundings of the adjacent Park Field, with hot showers laid on. The child in all of us is taken care of by balloon artistry and face painting, and highlights of Burton Agnes' grounds inlcude a maze, giant games, jungle garden and woodland walk with forest creatures to find.

"The whole experience was brilliant...the combination of antiquity and youthful influence from Simon and his family, protecting tradition and heritage yet creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere. We will be back again."
Festivalgoers Tom and Hildy Young.

If you would like to receive information about the 2015 Jazz & Blues Festival, please email:


The Bash at The Bridge
Carrybridge Rock 'n' Blues Festival
Saturday 4th July 2015

Carrybridge Lakeside Lodge
Co. Fermanagh
Northern Ireland

Tickets £25 @ On sale 20th April



Vache de Blues Festival 2015

Full details here:

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Contact The Fold  on 01886 833112 or 01886 833633


Saturday, 4th July 2015
Blues on the Meadow
West Berkshire

Robin Bibi Band
Big Boy Bloater & The Limits
Tim Hain & Gregg Kofi Band
Amy Eftekhari

more soon ....

30th June to 4th July 2015
21st Cognac Blues Passions

Click here for Artist Lineup

Sierre Blues Festival 2015
Plaine Bellevue


Villa Bayard

Soho Lounge Café

Restaurant Le Rothorn

Terra Brasil

Restaurant du Casino

Check website for program / artists:




First Abertillery Rock and Blues Weekend 2015
Box Office: 01495

9th - 12th July 2015

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Mud Morganfield star billing for this year's launch concert
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Tues 14th to Sat 18th July 2015
Cahors Blues Festival 2015

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

Ruthie Foster

Shawn Holt

Ana Popovic

Charles Pasi

Louis Bertignac



Wed 15th to Sun 19th July 2015
The Larmer Tree Festival

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


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Friday 17th July to Sunday 19th July 2015

Three Main Stages, Nine Pub Stages and a Boat!

The 2015 main stage line up (in no particular order) is:

Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges -

Curtis Eller’s American Circus -

Stevie Nimmo -

The Mustangs -

Northsyde -

Chris Hall’s Louisiana Swamp Band -

Brooks Williams -

Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling Band -

Lol Goodman Band -

The Barcodes -

Sould Out 2 Funk -

King Size Slim -

Jamie Williams Roots Collective -

Babajack -

Stomp & Holler -

Daniel Meade & the Flying Mules -

Jack Blackman -

Hereford Soul Choir -

Thomas Ford -


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:
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!)

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Fri 17th - Sun 26th July 2015

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is pleased to announce the largest blues line up in the festival’s history.  Over 25 major blues concerts will take place from 17 - 26 July 2015, alongside an outstanding line up of jazz, funk, soul and swing performances.

Click here for full details

25th July 2015

Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Grund, Clausen

Free entry



8th Suwalki Blues Festival 2015

Check out artist list here:



July 24th - 26th 2015


25th July 2015

Sigulda Blues Festival
Sigulda Medieval Castle


24th - 26th July 2015

17th Maryport Blues Festival 2015
Maryport Rugby League Club
Melpot Road
Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6NE

Earlybird tickets now on sale at:
Phone: 01900 602122

or buy tickets online at 
or phone
0844 888 9991


 Main Stage
 Friday Evening
    Sandi Thom
    Rhythm Zoo
    The Brew
    Laura Holland Band
    The Vargas Blues Band
    Matt Poss Band
    Lenny 'Fuzzy' Rankins
    Brian Rawson Band
    The Boom Band
    Rosco Levee & The Southern Slide
    Kaz Hawkins & Her Band O'Men
    The Motives feat Matt Taylor
 Outdoor Stage

The Kommitments
The Glamned
13 stars

Xander and The Peace Pirates
The Q Jumpers
Broken English

Blind J-Bear Johnson
Cindy Hoten
The Della Grants
Ged Wilson
George Shovlin & The Radars
GT's Boos Band
Gus Munro
J-Bear and The Giants

Lewis Hamilton Band

Little Devils
Melanie Kinsella
One Eyed Jacks
Red Butler
Robin Robertson Band
Rusty Jacks Blues Band
Steve Fulsham Band
Steve Morrison

2015 - TBA

Ealing Blues Festival 2015
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

2pm - 10.30pm

2015 - TBA

Gloucester R&B Festival

2015 - TBA

Green Valley Blues

Miners Welfare Hall
Upper Cwmtwrch
Swansea Valley
West Glamorgan


Alvin Youngblood Hart

Wilko Johnson

amongst others!


King King photograph used with permission


31st July - 2nd August 2015


One of the UK’s hottest blues bands, King King, have been confirmed as the headline at the North Wales Blues and Soul Festival 2015.

The show represents the only chance for British fans to see the Glasgow-based four piece in action as King King’s European tour doesn’t come to UK this summer. The band swept the board at last years’ British Blues Awards, collecting five accolades including ‘Best Band’ and ‘Best Album’ for ‘Reaching for the Light’.

“King King’s live shows have rapidly become the stuff of legend and the band are being feted by blues aficionados the world over,” said promoter Charlie Broadhurst. “The sheer quality and swagger of King King live is something to behold and needs to be experienced. We are delighted to have booked them and festival goers are in for a night of smouldering, thunderous blues.”

The festival takes place on the 31st July – 2nd August and will welcome blues and soul fans from all over the UK to the heart of Mold, North Wales for the second–time, following the huge success of last year’s inaugural event. For further details, please see

The line-up will also include British Blues Awards 2015 finalist Brothers Groove, who were singled out as an emerging artist for 2015 as well as Matt Wolff, the Eddie Martin Big Band and the David Sinclair Four.

This year’s event also promises a chance to see some of the newest and most talented soul and blues performers in Britain as well as some firm favourites from last year’s festival, The Cadillac Kings and the John Verity Band.

The North Wales Blues and Soul Festival is a three-day event celebrating the best in blues and soul music. The festival is the result of a collaboration between Mold Town Council, Event Sound Limited, and our media partners are The Leader newspaper group, Radio Deeside and Influential Agency.

Funding support is provided by Mold Town Council and Flintshire County Council.



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7th - 8th August 2015

29th Rauma Blues Fest 2015

Artists - TBA


Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters

George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Beth Hart

Shemekia Copeland

Mud Morganfield Blues Band with Bob Margolin

Dana Fuchs

Mike Zito & Samantha Fish with The Wheel

Vidar Busk & His True Belivers

Nikki Hill

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado

Daniel Eriksen Trio

Magnus Berg

Amund Maarud

Nikki Hill

Daniel Eriksen Duo

Magnus Berg

Cambridge Rock Festival 2015 - TBA
Phone: 0845 299 0845


The Proclaimers
Billy Bragg
Wilko Johnson
The South
Seth Lakeman
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Tom Robinson & Band
Eliza Carthy Big Band
Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Show of Hands
Edward II
Carlos Nunez
Sharon Shannon
Martin Carthy
Roy Bailey
Andy Fairweather-Low
Luka Bloom
The Dhol Foundation
Tankus The Henge
The Hut People
Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock
The Spooky Mens Chorale
Les Barker
The Gren Bartley Band
Gavin Marwick's Journeyman Spectacular
Lisbee Stainton
De Temps Antan
Charlie Cunningham
The Askew Sisters

and many more to be confirmed

Plus: The Groovy Movie Solar-Powered Cinema Hand To Mouth Theatre Company Craftscene
The Travelling Talesman Storytelling Big Noise Samba Sarah Shaw Face-Painting
Ticklish Allsorts Childrens Entertainers Carnival Bands Punch & Judy Dance Displays
Healing Area Campsite 'Posh Wash' Showers Craft Fayre Exotic Foods Fayre Real Ale Bars
Digital Funfair Playbus Laser Arena and much more!



Copeland Stadium

8th August 2015

Copeland Stadium at Whitehaven will be the venue for a new and exciting ALL DAYER of live rock and blues music on 8th August. The bands include the Marcus Bonfanti Band, Sean Webster and the Deadlines, the Paul Rose Band, the Christian Sharpe Trio, and event organiser Ryan Burns' own band Mama-Sang and the Robot, plus many more.

Marcus Bonfanti is one of the most dynamic live entertainers on the scene today. He fronts the highly acclaimed Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion at the prestigious London venue and is currently touring with Ten Years After, alongside his own career as a solo artist and with his band. 

His latest album 'Shake The Walls', released in June 2013, was listed in Classic Rock Magazine's Top 5 Blues Albums of the Year, as well as getting airplay on Radio 2 and 6 Music and much critical acclaim in the music and national press. 

Sean Webster and the Deadlines are going from strength to strength this year. Sean's rich, powerful vocals and searing guitar licks, combined with second lead guitar from Ash Wilson, make this band a force to be reckoned with. 




Pordenone, near Venice, Italy


East Sussex
TN31 7LE

The 2015 Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival, now in its 4th year, takes place from Thursday 27th – Monday 31st August in the beautiful town of Rye, East Sussex.

One of the UK’S best boutique musical festivals presents an array of superb world class headline acts featuring the very best in Jazz, Blues, soul, R&B, Funk, Latin and World Music.

Headline acts include Paul Jones and the Blues Band, blues singer and guitarist ex-front man and founder of Dr Feelgood Wilko Johnson, Bassist Herbie Flowers, jazz singer James Tormé, the UK’s number one male jazz singer Ian Shaw, the charismatic jazz singer Liane Carrol, Mercury prize award winning GoGo Penguin, jazz singer and pianist Theo Jackson, US Soul Diva Avery*Sunshine, the Neil Angilley Jazz trio, Jazz Diva Kitty LarRoar, Cuban band Son Yambu.

The festival programme also includes many free live music events at local fringe venues, acoustic sessions, and marching bands parading through the streets over the August bank holiday weekend.



The 26th Great British R&B Festival, Colne, Lancashire
Fri 28th Aug to Mon 31st Aug 2015


Full details: Ticket hotline: 01282 661234

Early Bird Offer ends 26/06/15

The International Stage: The Matthew Clark British Stage:
MC: Chris Powers MC: Pete Kuddy
Friday, 28th August 2015 Friday, 28th August 2015
7.30pm Pat McManus 8.00pm The Black Circles
9.15pm Eugene Hideaway Bridges 9.00pm Lucy Zirins & The Southern Company
11.00pm Coco Montoya 10.00pm Good Foxy
  11.00pm The Lol Goodman Band
Saturday, 29th August 2015 Saturday, 29th August 2015
2.00pm The Animals 2.30pm The Revolutionaires
3.30pm Vanesse Thomas 4.00pm Stomp & Holler
5.00pm Billy Boy Arnold 5.30pm BabaJack
7.30pm Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo 7.00pm Catfish
9.15pm Duke Robillard 8.00pm Slack Alice & Friends
11.00pm Anson Funderburgh 9.30pm Kyla Brox Band with Victor Brox
    11.00pm Sean Webster
Sunday, 30th August 2015 Sunday, 30th August 2015
2.00pm The Alan Mion Trio 2.30pm Ricky Cool & The In Crowd
3.30pm Avery Sunshine 4.00pm The Sharpnees
5.00pm Courtney Pine 5.30pm Laurence Jones
Alligator Records Night 7.00pm Tale of Two Counties
7.30pm Selwyn Birchwood 8.00pm Roscoe Levee & The Southern Slide
9.15pm Jarekus Singleton 9.30pm Dana Dixon Band
11.00pm Tommy Castro 11.00pm Aynsley Lister
Monday, 31st August 2015 Monday, 31st August 2015
2.00pm Nine Below Zero 2.00pm Gerry Jablonski Band
3.30pm The Climax Blues Band 3.30pm Little Devils
5.00pm Nikki Hill 5.00pm Adenland
7.30pm Davina & The Vagabonds 6.00pm Roadhouse
9.15pm The Blues Band 7.30pm George Shovlin & The Radars
    9.00pm Laura Holland Band
The Acoustic Stage: Roadhouses - See
MC: Mal Gibson aka Charlie White The Admiral Lord Rodney
  The Crown Hotel
Friday, 28th August 2015 The Little Acoustic Stage
8.00pm Mal Gibson Colne Legion
9.00pm Mickey Van Gelder & Pat Clarke Colne & Nelson RUFC
10.00pm Phil Shackleton  
11.00pm Blue Swamp  
Saturday, 29th August 2015  
2.00pm Del Bronham  
3.15pm Kyla Brox  
4.30pm Sean Webster  
5.45pm Open Mic Session  
6.15pm Johnny Bird  
7.00pm Mumbo Jumbo  
8.30pm Dave Onions  
9.45pm Tom Attah & Katie Bradley  
11.00pm Blind Fever Band The Outdoor Stage
Sunday, 30th August 2015 Sunday, 30th August 2015
2.00pm Roscoe Levee 2.00pm Poplar Jake & Electric Delta Revue
3.15pm Hokum Hotshots 3.00pm Malaya Blue
4.30pm Andy Twyman 4.00pm Zoe Green Band
5.45pm Open Mic Session  
6.15pm Anjelica Cleaver  
7.00pm Dana Dixon  
8.30pm The Sharpees (Acoustic)  
9.45pm Joni Fuller  
11.00pm Leeds City Stompers  
Monday, 31st August 2015 Monday, 31st August 2015
2.00pm Lil' Ian Goodsman 2.00pm Luke Doherty Band
3.15pm The Ginjammers 3.00pm Junkhouse Dog Band
4.30pm Open Mic Session 4.00pm Poorboy
5.15pm Jack Blackman  
6.00pm Tom Doughty  
7.30pm Nick Dow & Pete Benbon  
9.00pm Rebecca Downes  

Alan will be giving a free 30 minute talk about the Route 66 Exhibition
 on Saturday 29th at 6.15pm

Check out: Photos from 2014..
The Great British R&B Festival 2014

Check out: Photos from 2013..
The Great British R&B Festival 2013

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




21/22/23 August 2015
Bell Rock Blues Festival

19 venues, 37 bands, 64 gigs  -  ALL FREE


Friday 28th - Sun 30th August 2015
5th 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:


28th - 29th August 2015

Gevarenwinkel vzw
Wolfsdonksesteenweg 160
2230 Herselt

(Herselt is about 25 miles from Antwerp, Belgium)


Blues at Broom Hill is a Porterhouse Blues/Jigsaw Community Festivals event.



3-6 September 2015

Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway


4th - 6th September 2015

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

Acts confirmed so far include​:​

Spikedrivers (London)​

"Full of innovation - with strands of musical styles from Africa,
Flamenco, country and a bucketful of delta blues" say Blues In Britain

Stark ​(Brighton) ​
Bursting with tight, driving melodicism" says Time Out, Critic's Choice

Le Trio Perdu ​(Belgium) ​
"Billed as, 'Gypsy Swing Jazz' this incredible trio is in fact very much more.
Combining elements of European, Irish, English, and American folk,
and showing how jazz, the Great American Songbook, and blues,
gradually evolved from this heritage, they are not to be missed" say Jazzwise

See/hear the acts playing live here:

For tickets, please go along to

Weekend tickets, day tickets, evening tickets, discount tickets are all now available on line. 



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

2015 - TBA

Newark on Trent

Friday 11th Sept 2015

Saturday 12th Sept 2015

Sunday 13th Sept 2015


Acoustic Guitar Show



2015 -TBA

2015 - TBA

Regular updates can be found on Facebook:


Fri 18th - Sun 20th September 2015
Ramsbottom Festival 2015
Ramsbottom Cricket Club

Smokie Blues Festival - TBA 2015

or by telephone 01241876012

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September 2015

Orkney Blues Festival
Orkney Islands

Artists TBA

Chuff Fest Chapter 2:

day two of our spectacular festival with fantastic musical acts such as:
Malcolm Bruce Band:
Will Johns:
Bram Stokers:
Worry Dolls:
Nick Judd Trio
Katie Bradley:
Billy Chong Blues:
Frank Statesboro:
Struck Down:
Ruby Red:
Ab & The Underclass:
Jim Bob Guitar
The Regulars:
With Comedy From:
Adam-Morrison Jones:
live at New Church Farm, Church, Hougham
£6 per day or £10 for 2 days
Children under 13 go free

In Conjunction with DCRFM.CO.UK
For Tickets contact


Margate Rock & Blues 2015
Margate Winter Gardens

Saturday 19th September 2015


19th September 2015

Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen


2015 - TBA

Southsea Folk Roots & Blues Day
September 2015

Main Events take place at: 
Dockyard Club
Onslow Road


Blues In The City






Fri 2nd Oct - Sun 4th Oct 2015
(Also see the 15th 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.


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Swanage Blues
Open Mic
Steve Darrington




Southport's First Big Blues Festival

The Atkinson
Lord Street

Box Office:
01704 533333


Fri 9th to Mon 12th October 2015
Blues Weekend at Norton Grange
Norton Grange,
Phone: 0870 601 6012


Sat 3rd October 2015
35th Rawa Blues Festival



Bedford Esquires Blues Festival

2015 - TBA

18th Beer R&B Festival 2015
EX12 3JP
Phone: 01494 511886


Click here for press release (in German)



Danny Bryant
Erja Lyytinen
Matt Woosey
Riotous Brothers


Danny Bryant
Erja Lyytinen
Matt Woosey
Riotous Brothers

Danny Bryant
Ben Poole
Matt Woosey
The Texas Flood
The Luke Doherty Band

Laurence Jones
Innes Siburn

Red Butler
The Delta Grants
Jack J Hutchinson

Paul Lamb & The King Snakes
Kyla Brox
Rebecca Downes
Malaya Blue


10th Annual Crawley Blues Festival 2015
23rd - 24th October 2015

The Hawth Foyer, Crawley
Box Office: 01293 553 636






Bernie Marsden

Big Joe Louis

Laurence Jones

Big Boy Bloater

The Boom Band

The Bluejays

The Excitements

Mudcats Blues Trio

Lauren Housley


Paddy Milner


The Cold Heart Revue


Georgie Fame

Marcus Bonfanti

The Blues Band

Lauren Housley

Dr Feelgood

Ian Siegal Band

Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project


Chris Farlowe

Darrel Higham

Danny Toeman

Lisa Marini

Matt Woosey

Half Deaf Clatch

Mollie Marriott


6th - Sat 7th November 2015
10th Frederikshavn Blues Festival 2015

Fri 13th - Sun 15th Nov 2015
10th Tenby Blues Festival 2015
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Connie Lush

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

Jo Harman

Matt Woosey

Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers

The Mean Mistreaters

Wille & The Bandits

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



Carlisle Blues Rock Festival takes a break in 2015

It's common knowledge in the UK Blues scene that organiser Nick Westgarth has decided to 'take a break' in 2015 but if you hadn't heard, this statement has been posted recently on the festival web site and Facebook :

Eight years is a long time, but to take Carlisle Blues Festival from scratch to one of the top blues events in the UK, without funding or sponsorship in that time frame is still something of an achievement and one of which I'm immensely proud.

However, 2014 was a difficult year; it took its toll, so much so that I don't have the energy and wherewithal to organise the event in 2015. It is my intention to get my health and well-being back on track and use the time to rediscover my mojo.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me in whatever way over the past eight years and wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2015.

Nick Westgarth - Carlisle Blues Rock Festival Organiser

Photos of all 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 !!

A big thank you to Nick Westgarth and all involved over the past eight years. Since it's inception, Carlisle has been one of the finest blues rock festivals I have ever been to, period! Maybe a small festival but with a big heart and always packing a mighty punch! Just amazingly well run, world class performances and immaculate stage management.
 - Alan White,


7th - 15th November 2015
21st Lucerne Blues Festival 2015

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


Click here for more details



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