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Here is the UK and European Blues Festivals Guide 2017, including blues related workshops, exhibitions and lectures.   I'm still waiting for details of a few festivals (shown as "2017 - TBA") so come back often for the latest list. Whilst I have taken every care to ensure details are correct, please confirm dates with festival organisers - I have included contact phone numbers, email addresses and website addresses.   Please let me know of any other UK or European blues festivals, workshops, exhibitions and lectures not listed here.  

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

Thanks,     Alan White.     


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 January 2017  

Barnoldswick Blues Week

Friday 20th - Friday 27th January 2017

Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre,

22 Rainhall Rd, Barnoldswick BB18 5AF

Friday 20th January 2017

Saturday 21st January 2017

Thursday 26th January 2017

Friday 27th January 2017

Het Arsenaal Theater
Arsenaalplein 1


 February 2017  

Lymm Festival Winter Warmers Blues Night

2017 - TBA

Lymm Golf Club, Whitbarrow Road, Lymm WA13 9AN

11th - 12th February 2017

Mahindra Blues Festival
Mehboob Studio, Mumbai

Shemekia Copeland

Grainne Duffy Band


Janiva Magness

Quinn Sullivan

Supersonic Blues Machine
feat. Billy F. Gibbons and Eric Gales


Known as Asia's largest and finest Blues phenomenon, the Mahindra Blues Festival brings together some of the best Blues musicians in the world for 2 days of guitar-rippin', soul-trippin' action at the iconic Mehboob Studio in Mumbai.

Since its inception in 2011, the Mahindra Blues Festival has been instrumental in bringing down international Blues legends like Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker Jr., Taj Mahal, and Walter Trout, among others, to Mumbai - fuelling a burgeoning interest in Blues music throughout the country. MBF has also become a great platform for Indian Blues bands to perform alongside the best Blues musicians in the world. MBF was also nominated in 2014 for the 'Keeping the Blues Alive' award presented by the The Blues Foundation of America.


 March 2017  

2nd - 5th March 2017

The 17th Swanage Blues Festival
(Also see the 10th Swanage Blues & Roots Festival in October)

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

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


Acoustic Blues Weekend
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th March 2017

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

Acoustic Blues Weekend
The Beacon,
Details TBA

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).




15th - 19th March 2017

Full programme details coming soon.


16th - 20th March 2017

Click here for the full line up


Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

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



Top Secret Blues Festival 2017
Friday 24th-
Sunday 26th March 2017
Spa Ocean Room, Scarborough


Phone 07956 925 925
Selling fast - limited available,
don't be disappointed get them now
50% tickets sold in first week !

Check out photos from 2016
Check out photos from 2015


Located In Segesvár, Mures, Romania



31st March - 2nd April 2017

Hull - Rotterdam P&O Ferry
& Amsterdam

"Our Mardi Gras Cruise in Spring 2017 will be a huge celebration of the groundbreaking music of ‘The Home of the Blues’ New Orleans -Blues, boogie, jazz, soul and rock & roll. The cream of UK artists with ‘The Big Easy’ in their hearts and fingertips will be assembled to lead the carnival celebrations, including:

Paddy Milner
The Revolutionaires
Dom Pipkin and the Ikos
Dale Storr
Brass Volcanoes

Book now at:


 April 2017  

The 6th Bowness Bay Blues Weekend 2017
APRIL 2017


(double headliners)

 The Stumble

Geoff Achison & the UK Souldiggers


LaVendore Rogue


The Revolutionaires

Also appearing:

Ash Wilson Band
Benjamin Bassford
Dean Newton
Elderly Brothers
Matt Woosey
Robin Bibi Band
Samantha Holden Band
The Rainbreakers
Backwater Roll
Big Joe Bone
Mike Ross
 Troy Redfern Band
plus more acts still to be confirmed.

The Venues

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

Tickets available now from:

Box Office 01539 725133


Easter Weekend

13th - 17th April 2017

The 21st Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival
Nantwich Civic Hall & The Crown Hotel

Geno Washington

Connie Lush & Blues Breakers

King King

Ruby Turner

Mike Sanchez

Rebecca Downes

Emm & The Wolf

The Beat

Nearly Dan

Elaine Delmar



HRH Blues

O2 Academy




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


Dumfries and Galloway

 May 2017  


KA17 0AQ



Friday 5th - Saturday 6th May 2017


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

Limited tickets available so early booking recommended

For camping and caravan info ring before 9pm 01978 710413       

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

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

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

Info contact 



Saturday 6th May 2017 & Saturday 9th September 2017

19th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2017
Isle of Man

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

Mike Vernon and the Mighty Combo

Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi

Big Wheel Blues Band plus guests

Ticket only event:
Available via the above website or phone: 01624 664460
Phone: 01282 664400

A nostalgic look ....

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Burnley Blues Festival Heritage

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2017 - TBA

May 12 - May 21, 2016

EUROPAfest 21st Anniversary

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

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

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

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

major concert halls, jazz clubs, coffee shops, outdoor

Bucharest, Sibiu


Internationales Bluesfest Eutin

18th - 21st May 2017


25e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2017
The Netherlands

11th - 13th May 2017


Margate Rock & Blues 2017
Margate Winter Gardens


Blues Rules Crissier Festival

Crissier-Lausanne, Switzerland.


24th - 29th May 2017

The 17th Annual International
Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland

25th - 27th May 2017

11th Trieux Tonic Blues Festival 2017



Stafford Blues Festival

Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May 2017

Montrose Music Festival 2017


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

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







 June 2017  




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


Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th June 2017


2nd - 4th June 2017

3rd - 5th June 2017

20th Ribs & Blues Festival 2017



2017 - TBA


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

Tel : +44 (0)7710 977765
Email :

"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".



2017 - TBA



15th - 18th June 2017

Diggle Blues Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diggle Blues Festival 2017

‘Where the blues meets the greenery'

Entrance to all venues is FREE





Fri 23rd - Sun 25th 2017



Shipston on Stour Proms



2017 - TBA

16th - 19th June 2016

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

Phone: 01243 773828
or 01243 539072


2017 - TBA


June 23rd - 26th 2016



2017 - SOLD OUT



2017 - TBA




2017 - TBA

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




26th June - 1st July 2017

PuistoBlues 2017


The Middleton Rock & Blues Festival 2016

2017 - TBA

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


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

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

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



30th June - 1st July 2017







Almost Blue Music Festival


June 30th - July 2nd 2017




Music at the Crossroads Festival 2017

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton
OX15 5NY

The Hook Norton Charitable Association


 July 2017  

30th June - 2nd July 2017

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


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

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

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

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

Now this is a proper music festival’ The Times

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

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

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

‘Jazz Artistry’ The Observer  

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

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

Claire Martin OBE

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

Ray Gelato

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

Kaz Hawkins

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

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

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

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




Sat 2nd July 2016

2017 - TBA

2nd Blues ’n’ Roots Festival
Church Stretton



Blues on the Meadow
West Berkshire



4th to 8th July 2017

23rd Cognac Blues Passions

Click here for Artist Lineup


7th - 9th July 2017

Linton Festival 2017
The Alma Inn

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



2017 - TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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


Google translation:

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

Vache de Blues Festival

Full details here:

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Sierre Blues Festival 2017
Plaine Bellevue


Villa Bayard

Soho Lounge Café

Restaurant Le Rothorn

Terra Brasil

Restaurant du Casino




10th Suwalki Blues Festival 2017



























and others…

Box Office: 01495 355800


Dereham Blues Festival, Norfolk - 2017 

6th - 9th July 2017

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

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


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

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

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

Click here for Lineup.

Click here for latest news.

Go to  for more details.




12.00noon - The Hook
1.00pm - Jenny Wren & Her Borrowed Wings
2.00pm - The Sam Kelly Band
3.00pm - Mark Harrison
4.00pm - Dawn Sandells & The Raiders
5.00pm - Low Down Dogs
6.00pm - The Guy Tortora Band
7.00pm - Steve Taylor’s Customtones Lite
8.00pm - Gentlemen of Few
9.00pm - Boom La Tete
10.00pm - Blues Chapter


Forty Hall Farm
Capel Manor College
Bullsmoor Lane

07713 488501



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




Next Festival 20-22 July 2018 (TBC)

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

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

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




Basque Country





14th - 23rd July 2017


Fri 14th - Sun 23rd July 2017


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Friday 21st July to Sunday 23rd July 2017

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

British Blues Awards Festival of the Year 2015 & 2016

Three Main Stages, Nine Pub Stages and a Boat!


Confirmed 2017 bookings in no particular order:

​Connie Lush

Hamilton Loomis

Elles Bailey



Laine Hines

Mumbo Jumbo

Dr Schwamp

Sam Green and the Midnight Heist

Steve Ajao Blues Giants

The Norman Beaker Band


The Folly Brothers

Ruby and the Revelators

Laura Holland

Official Receivers

Stompin Dave

The Reelers

Benny Gallagher

Rich Somers

The Swaps

Birmingham Community Gospel Choir

The Gumbo Shakers 

Debbie Bond


Emma Jonson

Bluesman Mike Francis

Roy Mette



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.

Additional FREE Lectures and Workshop ...

Check out some recent festivals:
2013 photos

2012 photos

2011 photos
2010 Photos

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

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Roadhouse © Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.




Gloucester R&B Festival 2017

22nd - 30th July 2017

Cafe Rene
Southgate Street

Tel: 01452 309340


Ealing Blues Festival 2017
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

London's longest running Blues Festival

2017 is their 30th Anniversary Year

Click here for more details



Friday 20th - Sunday 30th July 2017

19th Maryport Blues Festival 2017
Maryport Rugby League Club
Melpot Road
Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6NE




29th July 2017

Edinburgh Corn Exchange



29th July 2017

Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Grund, Clausen

Free entry



 August 2017  

Sunday 30th July - Friday 4th August 2017

BluesWeek 2017
Hartpury College
GL19 3BE

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



Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden


3rd - 6th August 2017

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


3rd - 6th August 2017



North Wales

4th - 6th August 2017



10 -13th August 2017

7 Hills Blues Fest


Northern Ireland



11th - 12th August 2017

32nd Rauma Blues Fest 2017

Artists - TBA


Saturday 12th August 2017


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

Events from 11.00 am [gates open at 9.00 am]

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

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



Old Bush Blues 2017

The Old Bush
Callow End

18th - 20th August 2017



Le Buis



17th - 18th August 2017


17th - 23rd August 2017

Pordenone, near Venice, Italy

Details here

17 Luglio 2017 TEATRO VERDI - Pordenone



Wespelaar, Belgium


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




vrijdag 25 en zaterdag 26 augustus 2017

Gevarenwinkel vzw
Wolfsdonksesteenweg 160
2230 Herselt



2017 - TBA

East Sussex
TN31 7LE




The 28th Great British R&B Festival 2017,
Colne, Lancashire

Bank Holiday Weekend 2017
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August 2017

After 27 years at the helm, building Britain's biggest Blues festival, Pendle Borough Council and Pendle Leisure Trust have handed the reins over to Colne Town Council to move the event forward.

This transfer brings both challenges and opportunities as CTC are a considerably smaller organisation, and this is something that both the elected Council members and the specialist team working on the event are looking forward to with relish.

In most ways, the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival will remain true to the model that has run for many years, but the more eagle-eyed Blues fans will notice a subtle shift to exclusively showcasing the very best contemporary acts, staking our claim to the title of Europe's premier and most relevant Blues-based music event.

Both the line up announcement and the launch of the ticket sales will be much earlier than in previous years, hopefully on or before 7th February.

Ticket hotline: 01282 661234

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The Great British R&B Festival 2016

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The Great British R&B Festival 2015

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The Great British R&B Festival 2014

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The Great British R&B Festival 2013

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The Great British R&B Festival 2012

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The Great British R&B Festival 2011

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The Great British R&B Festival 2010

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The Great British R&B Festival 2009

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The Great British R&B Festival 2008

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



2017 - TBA





 September 2017  






Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway


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

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

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

Booked so far:

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

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



1st – 4th September 2017

The Market House

Monaghan Town






8th - 10th September 2017

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




Saturday 9th September 2017

19th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2017
Isle of Man

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information  visit and



Newark on Trent


9th September 2017

Ilkley Blues Festival 2017

2017 - TBA

Acoustic Guitar Show



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

Orkney Blues Festival
Orkney Islands

Artists TBA


Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen

2017 - TBA

22-25th September 2016




Click here for more details


Sat 23rd September 2017

Kent BluesRockFest 2017



Leek Blues & Americana Festival





Friday 29th - Saturday 30th September 2017


The Crown & Mitre Hotel
, Carlisle

The Venue
, Carlisle

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

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

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

See The Venue details at:

Line-up By The Day

Friday 29th September 2017

Bernie Marsden Band

Sari Schorr & The Engine Room
featuring Innes Sibun

Eddie Martin Band

Saturday 30th September 2017

The Boom Band

Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado

Kaz Hawkins Band

Del Bromham's Blues Devils


Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band


Photos of the previous eight festivals are listed here:

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

It just doesn't come any better !!




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



12th Callander Jazz and Blues Festival​ 2017



 October 2017  

2017 - TBA

Blues In The City


Fri 5th Oct - Sun 8th Oct 2017
(Also see the 17th 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



2017 - TBA


Southport's Big Blues Festival

Friday 6th - Sat 7th October 2017

The Atkinson
Lord Street

Artists include:

Mike Sanchez & His Band

The Revolutionaires

The Jar Family

Wille and The Bandits

LaVendore Rogue

Chris Bevington & Friends

Benjamin Bassford

Box Office:
01704 533333


6th - 14th October 2017


Fri 6th to Mon 9th October 2017
Blues Weekend at Norton Grange
Norton Grange,

Booked so far:

Bad Influence (tbc)
Teed Up
Storm Warning

MC/DJ: Tony Farinha
Jam sessions run by Blues Situation
Phone: 0870 601 6012



13th - 15th Ocober 2017

20th Beer R&B Festival 2017
EX12 3JP
Phone: 01494 511886






Fine City Blues Festival 2017

October 19th – November 9th 2017

The Fine City Blues Festival goes into its fourth year with concerts in Norwich, Norfolk and beyond. The Fine City Blues Festival focuses on real Blues and real Blues Roots music and this year features an amazing line-up in intimate venues where the Blues can be heard at its best.

Full details click here


Montag, 23. bis Samstag, 28. Oktober 2017

Freiburg Blues N'Roots Festival 2017



Saturday 28th October 2017

London Blues Festival 2017
The O2

BluesFest 2017 will run from Friday October 27th – Sunday 29th and will once again utilise all areas of The O2 complex, including the 14000-capacity Arena and Indigo at The O2, with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers announced as the first two artists lined up for this year's event.
BluesFest 2017 will run from Friday October 27th – Sunday 29th and will once again utilise all areas of The O2 complex, including the 14000-capacity Arena and Indigo at The O2, with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers announced as the first two artists lined up for this year's event.

BluesFest 2017 will run from Friday October 27th – Sunday 29th and will once again utilise all areas of The O2 complex, including the 14000-capacity Arena and Indigo at The O2, with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers announced as the first two artists lined up for this year's event.



2017 - TBA

11th Annual Crawley Blues Festival 2016
2016 - TBA

The Hawth Foyer, Crawley
Box Office: 01293 553 636


 November 2017  


3rd P & O International Blues Revue

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th November 2017

P & O Ferries Hull to Rotterdam

Check out the latest 'Cruiseflash' here

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

United Kingdom
Tel: 0800 130 0030


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




KT's 109th Annual Wakefield City Rhythm & Blues Festival

9th - 11th November 2017


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

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


11th - 19th November 2017
23rd Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2017

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







Hereford Blues Festival

Hereford Left Bank
Bridge Street



 December 2017  


Fri 1st to Mon 4th December 2017
Blues Weekend at The Heathlands, Bournemouth

The Heathlands
Grove Road

Booked so far:

Larry Garner & The Norman Beaker Band
The Spikedrivers
The Cadillac Kings
The Keno Kings
Catfish (tbc)
MC/DJ:  Earl Jackson
Jam sessions run by Robin Bibi
Open Mic Lounge
Blues Cinema


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