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

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

Thanks,     Alan White.     


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 January 2018  

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

Phone: 0870 162 1805

Previous year's photos:

Check out the 2016 photos
Check out the 2015 photos

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

Het Arsenaal Theater
Arsenaalplein 1


 February 2018  

Lymm Festival Winter Warmers Blues Night

2018 - TBA

Lymm Golf Club, Whitbarrow Road, Lymm WA13 9AN


10th - 11th February 2018

Mahindra Blues Festival
Mehboob Studio, Mumbai

John Mayall

Coco Montoya

Walter Wolfman & The Roadmassters

Layla Zoe



2018 - TBA




Broadstairs Blues Bash 2018

Friday 16th Feb to Sunday 18th Feb 2018

 March 2018  


1st - 4th March 2018

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

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

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



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

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

Acoustic Blues Weekend
The Beacon,
OX12 9BX

Contact: Atrix Box Office 01527 577330

Euroblues Promotions Ltd.
01242 701765 

A weekend of workshops, jams and performances

The tutors are:

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



2nd - 4th March 2018





14th - 18th March 2018

Full programme details coming soon.


15th - 18th March 2018

Click here for the full line up



Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

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



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

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

Check out photos from 2016
Check out photos from 2015



Located In Segesvár, Mures, Romania



The 7th Bowness Bay Blues Weekend 2018
MARCH 2018

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



Ben Poole

Red Butler

Stoney Broke


Dean Newton

Elderly Brothers

George Shovlin & George Lamb

George Shovlin & The Radars

Gerry Jablonski

Ian Siegal


Secure Unit


Sparky & The Wailer

The Jar Family


Aynsley Lister

Gus Munro

Mark Pontin

Paolo Morena

Sean Webster

The Venues

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

Tickets available now from:

Box Office 01539 725133


 April 2018  


Easter Weekend

29th March - 2nd April 2018

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



HRH Blues

14th -15th April 2018

O2 Academy







2018 - TBA


Saturday 6th May 2017 & Saturday 9th September 2017

19th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2017
Isle of Man

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


 May 2018  


4th -6th May 2018

Dumfries and Galloway


Overton on Dee

Blues Roots and Real Ale Festival 2018

Friday May 11th & Saturday 12th May 2018

Lineup So Far:

Friday 11th May 2018

Mumbo Jumbo

The Rainbreakers

The Cadillac Kings

Saturday 12th May 2018

Benjamin Bassford and Liam Ward

Little Roger and The House Rockers

Xander and The Peace Pirates

Sari Schoor and The Engine Room

The Revolutionaires

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

Limited tickets available so early booking recommended

For camping and caravan info ring before 9pm 01978 710413       

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

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

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

Info contact 


A nostalgic look ....

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

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

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

Burnley Blues Festival Heritage

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26e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2018
The Netherlands

11th - 12th May 2018


Margate Rock & Blues 2018
Margate Winter Gardens



May 10 - May 19, 2018

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



10th - 12th May 2018

12th Trieux Tonic Blues Festival 2018





18th - 21st May 2018

Internationales Bluesfest Eutin
Box Office: 01495


19th - 21st May 2018

21st Ribs & Blues Festival 2018





The 20th Annual International
Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland


Stafford Blues Festival

Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May 2018


Montrose Music Festival 2018













 June 2018


Blues Rules Crissier Festival

Crissier-Lausanne, Switzerland.

1st & 2nd June 2018





Diggle Blues Festival 2018

‘Where the blues meets the greenery'

Entrance to all venues is FREE





9th June 2018







Blues Weekend at the Toorak Hotel,

Torquay, Devon

Friday 15th – Monday 18th June 2018


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

MC/DJ:  Earl Jackson plus late night jams



15th - 18th June 2018






"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".





Next festival:

26th - 30th June 2019

No festival in 2018



29th, 30th June & 1st July 2018

Almost Blue Dundee 2018
Dundee, Scotland



2018 - TBA


27th - 29th June 2018

PuistoBlues 2018


The Middleton Rock & Blues Festival

2018 - 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


 July 2018  


Blues on the Meadow
West Berkshire


No festival in 2018



24th Cognac Blues Passions

Click here for Artist Lineup


Music at the Crossroads Festival 2018

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton
OX15 5NY

The Hook Norton Charitable Association



Linton Festival 2018
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


13th - 15 July 2018

11th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB


2018 - TBA

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 2018
Plaine Bellevue

5th - 7th July 2018



12th Suwalki Blues Festival 2018



Dereham Blues Festival, Norfolk - 2018 

12th - 15th July 2018

Click here for details



12:00 Acoustic act winner of the
Saddleback Battle of the Bands (Second Stage)

12:50 Mollie Marriott (Main Stage)

14:25 Innes Sibun (Second Stage)

16:00 Jon Amor (Main Stage)

17:35 John Verity (Second Stage)

19:00 Bad Touch (Main Stage)

20:50 Marcus Bonfanti (Main Stage)

Closing with the Saddleback Allstar Jam featuring
the highlight artists on the day plus some very special guests.



Friday 13th July 2018 & Saturday 14th July 2018

20th Big Wheel Blues Festival 2018
Isle of Man

This is truly a year to celebrate the Big Wheel Blues Festival as it will be the 20th consecutive annual blues event: quite an achievement we think. We are returning to the Villa Marina over Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of July, hoping for some warmer weather. There will be two ticketed concerts in the Promenade Suite, doors open from 7.30pm, each night featuring three excellent acts covering, as always, a wide range of styles.

In addition on the Saturday afternoon there will be a free outdoor stage in the Villa Marina gardens, showcasing some of the cream of local talent. If by any chance the weather is unkind the stage will transfer indoors to the Colonnade Suite.

Do come along and support the festival and help us mark this anniversary.

Huge thanks are in order to sponsor James Osborne Financial Services and Isle of Man Arts Council.

Friday night opens with local band Loose Crew, a 5 piece good time band playing swing jump and boogie from the 1920s onwards, right up to more modern soulful blues classics. Next we have a very welcome return for acoustic roots and Americana masters Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra, great crowd pleasers. Headlining the night will be the Laurence Jones band, a real must-see for lovers of stellar guitar playing, Laurence being one of the very few top British exponents.

Saturday night opens with New Orleans style piano maestro Dale Storr, arguably the foremost British artist of his genre, followed by the Elles Bailey Band, rootsy blues country and soulful rock crossover. Summed up by BBC 6Music simply as 'the most incredible voice'. Bringing the festival to a climax will be the Marcus Malone Band, Marcus being hailed as Detroit's finest rock/blues export, a supreme vocal stylist.

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


14th - 18th July 2018


Cahors Blues Festival 2018





Next Festival 19-22 July 2018


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



Next Festival - 2019


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Friday 20th July to Sunday 22nd July 2018

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

British Blues Awards Festival of the Year 2015 & 2016

Three Main Stages, Nine Pub Stages and a Boat!



The Stumble

The Mentulls


The Quireboys

Jo Harman

Birmingham Community Gospel Choir

Ma Polaine's Great Decline

Bex Marshall Trio

Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band

Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla

The Black Feathers

Clare Free Band

Simon Honeyboy Hickling

Trevor Babajack Steger

Jenny Wren & Her Borrowed Wings 

Kris Barras

Robbie McIntosh

Rebecca Downes

Big Wolf Band

Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective

The Whiskey Rebellion


Adam Sweet Band

Stone Mountain Sinners

Dave Arcari

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra 

Robert J Hunter

Reverend Robert

Tom C Walker

Kingsize Slim

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

Check out some recent festivals:
2013 photos

2012 photos

2011 photos
2010 Photos

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

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Roadhouse © Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

13th - 22nd July 2018


2018 - TBA

Sigulda Blues Festival
Sigulda Medieval Castle


Gloucester R&B Festival 2018

23rd - 29th July 2018

Cafe Rene
Southgate Street

Tel: 01452 309340


Ealing Blues Festival 2018
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

London's longest running blues festival (established 1987)



26th - 29th July 2018

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



20th Maryport Blues Festival 2018
Maryport Rugby League Club
Melpot Road
Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6NE


Details here:





Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Grund, Clausen

Free entry



 August 2018  

Sunday 29th July - Friday 3rd August 2018

BluesWeek 2018
Hartpury College
GL19 3BE

Tutors will include Will Wilde (harmonica), Adam Franklin (guitar), and Michael Roach (guitar, vocals)



Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden



North Wales

3rd - 5th August 2018



International Blues Weekend

Fri 3/Sat 4 August 2018




16th - 18th August 2018


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




Rauma Blues 2018 järjestetään perinteisesti elokuun toisena viikonloppuna 10.-11.8.

33rd Rauma Blues Fest 2018


Sugaray Rayford

Guitar Slim Jr.

Annika Chambers

J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters

Slim Butler & The Slimcuts

Dave Forestfield

Micke, Lefty & Chef

Eero Raittinen

Mika Kuokkanen


Taking a rest in 2018



Saturday 11th August 2018

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

2018 Line-up:
















Early bird ticket discounts: go to

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



Old Bush Blues 2018

The Old Bush
Callow End

17th - 19th August 2018



Le Buis



15th - 18th August 2018


Pordenone, near Venice, Italy





Wespelaar, Belgium


18th August 2018


The 2018 Broom Hill Festival on the Warwickshire / Oxfordshire border is on Saturday 18th August and will feature legendary record producer Mike Vernon and his band The Mighty Combo, Wired, The Buzzin' Hornets, Mumbo-Jumbo, Beth Porter And The Availables, and much more.

Tickets on sale soon.

vrijdag 23 en zaterdag 25 augustus 2018

Gevarenwinkel vzw
Wolfsdonksesteenweg 160
2230 Herselt



24th - 27th August 2018

East Sussex
TN31 7LE




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

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

Tickets (weekend festival and camping) on sale NOW

Latest Update

Upwards of 20,000 music lovers are expected in Colne​, Lancashire​ this summer for The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival 2018.

The festival takes place in numerous town centre venues (from 750 to 50 capacity), Colne and Nelson Rugby Club (which also doubles-up as the festival campsite), plus many more restaurants and bars (also known as the festival 'Roadhouse Venues').

This beautiful town is an ideal location for an event of this kind, with one long ‘main’ street (closed to traffic) which hosts on-street entertainment, busking, pop-up DJs,​ incredible food stalls, a festival market, ​ a kids fun fair,​ real ale bars and more.

Each music venue is within easy reach of the main street, making this event not only Europe’s best contemporary blues festival, but also one-of- a-kind and much-loved festival for people of the local area.

Headliners this year include King King (winners of both Band of the Year and Album of the Year at the recent UK Blues Awards), M​y Baby​, Laurence Jones, Kyla Brox, Simon McBride and Connie ​Lush.

For the latest details about the festival, ​plus​ ticket links, please visit
Click a band/artist name via the ​handy A-Z band/venue matcher, to see which venue the artist is playing at​, on ​which day… and at what time ​: ​


New Stage for 2018

The Great British Rhythm & Blues festival are thrilled to announce their new stage for 2018. 

The Mini Muni is an intimate 100 capacity Alternative Stage (situated on the lower ground floor of the Muni), where festival goers can expect to catch some of the most exciting, boundary-pushing blues artists on the current scene. 

As Jason Elliot, Artistic Director explains, "Many of the artists playing the Mini Muni Alternative Stage are quite young; we're hoping to help encourage the blues to be handed down from one generation to the next. It's important that blues music isn't 'frozen in time', and it's vital to keep pushing the boundaries of the genre forwards. As long as the music connects with the soul and the musical framework has those key blues notes in it, then the evolution of the blues continues. We hope to have improvised and experimented with the genre, with an aim of bringing the most exciting and left-field acts to this years festival". 

The Mini Muni stage is open to all #festival wristband holders and is in addition to the musical offerings at the Little Theatre, the Muni & the Hippodrome. 

There is a songwriting workshop (open to musicians and non-musicians alike) in this space too, which is free to wristband holders. Further information to follow. 

Artists playing the stage over the course of the weekend include: 
Mad Jack and The Hatters
Blues Boy Kings
The Mojo Preachers
King Size Slim
Richard Townend (+ songwriting workshop)
The Devil’s Jukebox
Calum Ingram
The Washboard Resonators

and more.

More info here:

Full Festival Line Ups

The 2018 festival headliners are:
King King, My Baby, Simon McBride, Laurence Jones,
Kyla Brox and Connie Lush.

The ticketed line ups - across the four main festival stages at the 2018 event - are listed here (by day): 

Friday 25th August - Main Stages
Laurence Jones                 
Connie Lush 
Xander & The Pirates 
Slack Alice 
Guy Tortora                                    

Saturday 26th August - Main Stages         
My Baby  
Simon McBride                  
Sam Kelly's Station House 
Rufus Black
The Wolves  
Marcus Malone 
Zoe Green Band    
Lisa Mills Band
Chris Corcoran Trio ft Katie Bradley
Charlotte Marshall & The 45s   
Backwater Roll 
Robert J Hunter 
Dan Burnett Band 
J-Bear & The Giants  

Saturday 26th August - Alternative Stage: Mini Muni
Calum Ingram
Devils Jukebox
Mojo Preachers
Blues Boys Kings
Mad Jack & The Hatters 
Washboard Resonators  

Saturday 26th August - Little Theatre
Half Deaf Clatch 
Jack J Hutchinson 
Tom Doughty
Ged Wilson
Niall Kelly
Fran McGillvray & Mike Burke                                     

Sunday 27th August - Main Stages  
King King   
Kyla Brox   
Mike Vernon's Mighty Combo
Lisa Mann        
Elles Bailey
The Johnny Max Band   
Adrian Gautrey                 
Red Butler              
Delta Ladies
Trevor Sewell                   
Michael Messer's Mitra
Mike Ross Band                
Ruby & The Revelators 

Sunday 27th August - Alternative Stage: Mini Muni
Richard Townend (songwriting workshop)   
King Size Slim 
The Savages

Sunday 27th August - Little Theatre 
Becca Langsford 
Michael Woods 
Bella Collins 
Benjamin Bassford 
Trevor Babajack Steger


Roadhouse Venues

The festival ‘Roadhouses’ are 11 official venues situated across the town of Colne and are home to a myriad of free-to-enjoy events during the festival bank holiday weekend of 24th – 26th August.

The venues – The 12 Bar Cafe * Carlo’s Italian Restaurant * The Crown Hotel * The Dressers * Duke of Lancaster * Colne Royal British Legion * The Admiral Lord Rodney * Colne and Nelson Rugby Club * The Union Exchange * The Venue * Tubbs – are host to LOADS of fabulous live shows…

Full line ups (and on-stage times) can be viewed via each venue, click here:
Roadhouse Venues

Tickets are available via this link:

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Unsigned Artist Competition - Winners Announced
The Jessica Foxley Project requested unsigned acts... and received them by the bucket-load! (many thanks, press friends, for helping to spread the word).  Following an overwhelming response,  The  Jessica  Foxley  Unsigned judging panel had the difficult task of choosing 4 finalists from over 80 entries to open the Great British Rhythm & Blues festival main stages this summer.

In alphabetical order the finalists are:
Carl North & The Lonely Hearts 
Catfish Blues Orchestra
Chris King Robinson
Katy Hurt  

The Jessica Foxley​ judges were seeking outstanding, unsigned, young talent (solo artists or bands) to complement the line-up of main artists playing at this year's festival. Their criteria was originality, creativity, technical ability, musical compatibility (with the contemporary Blues festival), plus entertainment value.

Margaret Foxley (chair of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned judges panel) explains further. "Bringing together young talent from across the UK and giving them a high profile performance opportunity is what our project is all about. Our aim is to create an experience which will not only give our young musicians unrivalled exposure but will hopefully lead to other great opportunities. Three of the four contestants (Catfish, Greg Coulson and Tom C Walker) taking part in this year's UK Blues Challenge are former  Jessica Foxley Unsigned bands. Need I say more?!" 

Paul Foxley, who administers the project for Jessica Foxley Music Projects, added "The Jessica Foxley Unsigned project has blossomed from very tentative and uncertain beginnings, to become an important and vibrant part of one of the UK's finest blues festivals. Our message to young musicians is that, in the same way that our project has succeeded, with hard work and determination on their part and a little support and encouragement from elsewhere, there may be exciting new horizons for them to explore."

Robert J Hunter, who played the 2017 festival, explains how  Jessica  Foxley Unsigned helped him... "JFU (Jessica Foxley Unsigned) kick-started our career. We had been under the radar on the blues scene until we were offered the chance to perform at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival 2017. We have achieved so much since then thanks to JFU. Young,​ exciting bands deserve to be discovered".

UK Blues Challenge​ & International Blues Challenge
​In addition to being chosen to play the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, there's a chance for o​ne of the chosen four artists to represent the UK at the 2019 European and International Blues Challenges. Many thanks to the UKBlues Federation for enabling this to happen. The UK Blues Challenge is organised by the UKBlues Federation and will take place on Saturday 8th September 2018 at Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion. (Tickets are now available).​ The winner of the 5th UK Blues Challenge will be invited to represent the UK at the 35th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019, plus the​ 9th European Blues Challenge in Ponta Delgada in the Azores in April 2019.

​Ashwyn Smyth - Chair of the UKBlues Federation said: 'This year's contestants are, perhaps, more varied that ever before with young bands competing with artists who have been on the blues scene for many years. The four bands truly reflect what a broad church the blues is in the UK and I am really looking forward to September to see who the judges choose as the winner!'

Four UK blues acts have been chosen by a panel of over 600 people, with the fifth act being chosen by the Jessica Foxley Unsigned project panel, from those acts appearing under the project's banner at this year's Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival at Colne. In alphabetical order, the acts currently ​selected are: ​Kyla Brox, Catfish, Greg​ Coulson Band, Tom C Walker Band plus one act from the Jessica Foxley Unsigned project.

More on Jessica Foxley Unsigned 
Jessica Foxley Unsigned was set up in 2010 in Jessica's memory, to provide high profile performance opportunities for young musicians. Now in its 10​th year, the project has gone from strength-to-strength and attracts young musicians of a very high standard from across the UK. This year, they've invited​ four outstanding, but as yet unsigned, young acts to play sets on the two main festival stages on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival.  The 'emerging' young talent will rub shoulders with the superb line-up of professional acts in a truly exciting musical melting pot.

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 September 2018



Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen


2018 - TBA





30th August - 2nd September 2018

Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway


The Market House

Monaghan Town




7th - 9th September 2018

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




Newark on Trent


Join the 4th European Blues Cruise !

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

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

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Edinburgh Corn Exchange


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


2018 - TBA

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Friday 28th - Saturday 29th September 2018

The Crown & Mitre Hotel
, Carlisle

Additional Sunday event at:

Old Fire Station, Carlisle

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It just doesn't come any better !!


Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September 2018

Orkney Blues Festival
Orkney Islands


28th - 30th September 2018



38th Rawa Blues Festival 2018


 October 2018  




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

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

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


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Swanage Blues
Open Mic
Steve Darrington



5th - 6th October 2018

Mike VERNON & Mighty Combo

Dani Wilde Blues Band

Trudy LYNN & Steve KRASE + The Ozdemirs

Lisa MILLS & True Believer

Jimmy REITER Band

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

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

02 96 43 01 71


Southport's Big Blues Festival

The Atkinson
Lord Street

Artists include:

Ian Siegal

Dr Feelgood

Sam Kelly’s Station House

Xander and the Peace Pirates

Rebecca Downes

Tom C Walker

Box Office:
01704 533333


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

Booked so far:

The Producers
Nigel Bagge Band
Robin Bibi Band
Stompin’ Dave

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



12th - 14th October 2018

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



No festival in 2018 - next festival 2019





Freiburg Blues N'Roots Festival 2018


12th -13th October 2018



25th - 26th October 2018

London Blues Festival 2018
The O2


 November 2018  


4th P & O International Blues Revue

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th November 2018

P & O Ferries Hull to Rotterdam

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

United Kingdom
Tel: 0800 130 0030


13th Blues Heaven Festival 2018



Fri 16th - Sun 18th Nov 2018
13th Tenby Blues Festival 2018
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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


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

Grand Casino Luzern & Casineum Luzern

Mainstage & Clubstage

Haldenstrasse 6
CH-6006 Luzern

Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
Festival Opening & Bluesbrunch

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

Hotel Seeburg Luzern

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




Saturday 24th November 2018

Ageas Bowl



Get the blues at the Ageas Bowl


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


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


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


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


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


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


Call 02380 472002 (option 2) to reserve tickets.


Details of the event can be found at




 December 2018  


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

The Heathlands
Grove Road

Malone Sibun Band
Ricky Cool & The In-Crowd
Giles Hedley & The Aviators
Stevie Smith’s Sin House
Guy Tortora Band
Steve Morrison’s Blues Abuse
(featuring Alan Glen)
Jam sessions led by Blues Situation
MC/DJ:  Luke Arnold


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