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Here is the latest UK and European Blues Festivals Guide 2019, including blues related workshops, exhibitions and lectures.   A few festivals are shown as "2019 - 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 2019  

Fri 18th to Mon 21st Jan 2019 (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 2019  


9th - 10th February 2019

Mahindra Blues Festival
Mehboob Studio, Mumbai



Mike Sanchez & the Portions

Earl Jackson Band






Broadstairs Blues Bash 2019

Friday 22nd Feb to Sunday 24th Feb 2019



28th February - 3rd March 2019

The 19th Swanage Blues Festival
(Also see the 12th 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


 March 2019  


Acoustic Blues Weekend
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March 2019

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).



1st - 3rd March 2019





Das 10. Blues Festival Frauenfeld

findet am Freitag, 22. und Samstag, 23. März 2019
in der Festhalle Rüegerholz Frauenfeld statt





21st - 31st March 2019

Kenny Neal

This year The Aberdeen Jazz Festival launches the first ever Aberdeen Blues Weekend which features performances from the Queen of Scottish Blues Maggie Bell, ex-Whitesnake stellar guitarist Bernie Marsden and direct from Louisiana, Kenny Neal. Attendees can also savour a triple-header featuring Del Amitri guitarist Kris Dollimore, the exciting vocals of Nicole Smit and Aberdeen’s own Gerry Jablonski.

Click here for full festival details


21st - 24th March 2019

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 2019

Friday 22nd-
Sunday 24th March 2019
Spa Ocean Room, Scarborough

Phone 07956 925 925
Tickets will sell fast - limited availability,
don't be disappointed get them now
2018 was sold out
Tickets for 2019 available now

Check out photos from 2016
Check out photos from 2015


Located In Segesvár, Mures, Romania

Vineri 29 Martie:
21.30- 23.00 GRAINNE DUFFY

Sâmbătă 30 Martie:
19.30-21.00 KYLA BROX BAND




 April 2019



Das Volkshaus









The 8th Bowness Bay Blues Weekend 2019
April 2019


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



HRH Blues

13th -14th April 2019

O2 Academy




Easter Weekend

18th - 22nd April 2019

The 23rd Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival
Nantwich Civic Hall & The Crown Hotel



2019 -TBA




The UKBlues Federation is disappointed to have to announce that the 2019 FORM UKBlues Awards will not now take place. The reasons for this are two-fold.

Over a period of more than two months, we have been seeking to finalise a hire contract with Preston Guild Hall (PGH).  After a number of redrafts, the final document supplied by PGH still contained a number of errors but, more significantly, sought to impose upon the UKBlues Federation and its Board members liabilities that went far wider than common law and against which we were not reasonably able to obtain insurance protection. Having sought a legal review which broadly confirmed our concerns, we had no option but to cancel the proposed hire of PGH for the Awards event on Saturday 27th April 2019.

We have worked hard to try to source a suitable alternative venue which is both available and feasible but these efforts have proved unsuccessful .

In order to identify the five finalists in the various Award categories, we issued an invitation to a panel numbering more than 750 people drawn from across the blues spectrum in the UK to submit their nominations in 12 of the 20 award categories. The response to this invitation has, frankly, been pitiful and of such a disappointingly low level that we are not in a position to put forward credible finalists in these categories.

By the closing date of the nomination period – 23.59 on the 14th January 2019 – less than 13% of those invited had submitted nominations!

In the regional categories, response rates ranged from a single nomination to a maximum just under 13%, whilst categories such as Under the Radar, Innovation and Lifetime Contribution were similarly abysmally supported with single figure numbers of nominations.

By contrast, the Club/Venue category, the only one open to the blues public at large, attracted over 200 nominations for some 24 different venues!

The UKBF is deeply saddened by having to take this action which we have only done after considerable discussion and thought, a considerable amount of work trying to find ways to avoid doing so and with very heavy hearts. We set out to create an Awards which had integrity and were open and honest and we believe that our action in cancelling this year’s Awards reflects those values.

It is difficult to put in words what message this sends out about the blues scene in the UK. Of course it means that the blues in the UK will not have a credible awards for 2019, a year in which we had hoped to build on the great success of the inaugural awards and the support that we thought had been engendered thereby.

Perhaps more significantly, it means that direct and indirect sponsorship to a value in excess of £16,000 raised through a great deal of hard work by members of the Federation’s Board and the generosity of the sponsors has been lost.

Whilst some of this money would have been used to cover the costs of the Awards event, a large proportion would have been used to provide much needed financial support to the Federation’s other activities including providing funding to support the UK’s representative at the International and European Blues Challenges and various other initiatives including those supporting and encouraging young and emerging artists.   

In this respect we would like to thank most sincerely all those who agreed to provide sponsorship for the Awards:

FORM Fit Out, Blues in Britain, the Lancashire Blues Archive, Digital Blues, Blues in the South, The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Blues Matters!, John Cee Stannard, the New Crawdaddy Blues Club., Raven & Blues, Colourblind Blues Show, Bluefunk Club, Poynton, Lesley & Terry Marshall, The Meeting Room, Elland, Jason Elliott & Paddy Maguire, Big House Blues Bar, Darwen, Red Pepper Promotions, Edinburgh Blues Club, Mid Wales R&B Club, Blues at Woodlands and Upton Blues Festival.

The support and generosity of these individuals and organisations is greatly appreciated.

Looking forward, we plan to have a UKBlues Awards in place for 2020 but with a significantly different nomination process which we hope will be supported to a far greater extent than has been the case in 2019.






27th April 2019



27th April 2019





2019 - 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 2019  


2019 - TBA

4th -6th May 2018

Dumfries and Galloway


2019 - TBA

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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27e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2019
The Netherlands

10th - 11th May 2019






2019 - TBA

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




16th - 19th May 2019

Internationales Bluesfest Eutin




2019 Festival

Friday 17th - Sunday 19th May 2019
Box Office: 01495




2019 -TBA


The 20th Annual International
Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland


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

Voici les premiers noms de cette future édition :

  • Cedric Burnside

  • Delgrès

  • The Como Mamas

  • The Goon Mat & Lord Bernado

  • Dr. David Evans

  • Iretta & Johnie B. Sanders Blues

  • Floyd Beaumont & the Arkadelphians



Stafford Blues Festival

Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May 2019


2019 -TBA

Montrose Music Festival 2018












Diggle Blues Festival 2019

‘Where the blues meets the greenery'

Entrance to all venues is FREE




 June 2019  

31st May - 2nd June 2019


Sunday 2nd June 2019 (from 6.00pm)

Manchester Acoustic Blues Fest


(part of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain)

Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Wirral, CH45 2JS

Bex Marshall

Bluesman Mike Francis

Dai Thomas






01/06/19 - 14/07/19

DeltaBlues Festival
Polesine, Italy







8th - 10th June 2019

23rd Ribs & Blues Festival 2019




Sierre Blues Festival 2019
Plaine Bellevue

13th - 15th June 2019



14th - 16th June 2019



Blues Weekend at the Toorak Hotel

Torquay, Devon

Friday 14th – Monday 17th June 2019







FRIDAY 21st JUNE 2019

Papa George Band
Climax Blues Band
Hip Route

Click here for Press Release


26th - 30th June 2019

All Tickets Sold Out in 36 minutes on October 7th 2018



Bluesland - Slovenia International Blues Festival!

Exceptional Blues Experience!

Born from the roots of MotörCity festival, Bluesland festival will concentrate solely on genuine Blues music. Although MotörCity was great fun, we, promoters, learned that 90% of our visitors are passionate Blues lovers and were visiting MotörCity just for the Blues music, and are less interested in Rock & Motorcycles.
This was the major reason behind our decision, to rename MotörCity into Bluesland, with a broader focus on real Blues music, that will satisfy, attract and amaze even the most doubtful and experienced Blues enthusiasts.

At MotorCity we were able to host some amazing artists; Chris Thomas King, Hans Theessink, Terry Evans, Laurence Jones, Kris Barras, Popa Chubby, Matt Schofield…to name just a few.

Because we believe that great Blues music enthusiasts deserve only the best and so does the capital city of our beautiful, small country Slovenia, city of Ljubljana, we decided to stage Bluesland at most beautiful location there is; Bluesland will take place at the historical Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress, that was constructed in the 11th century and acquired its present outline with an almost complete overhaul in the 15th century. And what an outline that is; you will be able to experience and see majestic entrance to the castle complex, Open-Air Prison, Gunpowder Room, Erasmus Tower, Rock Hall, Penitentiary, Castle Chapel of St George, Hribar Hall and Armoury, Palatium,...and an amazing The Panoramic Tower that offers breathtaking view over the capital, surrounding hills and mountains. The festival will be held at The central Castle Courtyard, that is closed on all sides, covered with paving stones and full of dynamic architectural elements, which will provide a perfect scenery for Bluesland festival.

Welcome to Bluesland!



28th, 29th & 30th June 2019

Almost Blue Dundee 2019
Dundee, Scotland




28th - 30th June 2019





PuistoBlues 2019


 July 2019  


25th Cognac Blues Passions

Click here for Artist Lineup




Music at the Crossroads Festival 2019

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton
OX15 5NY

The Hook Norton Charitable Association





Linton Festival 2019
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


Dereham Blues Festival, Norfolk - 2019 

10th - 14th July 2019

Click here for details


12th - 14th July 2019

12th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB


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13th Suwalki Blues Festival 2019



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



Cahors Blues Festival 2019




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

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Friday 18th July to Sunday 21st July 2019

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

British Blues Awards Festival of the Year 2015 & 2016

UKBlues Awards Blues Based Festival of the Year 2018


Three Main Stages, Nine Pub Stages and a Boat!





Holly and the Hounds

Haneys Big House


The King Biscuit Boys

The Mojo Preachers

Elliot Pritchard

Mick Simpson

Phil Doleman

Voodoo Sheiks

Ian Parker

Buffos Wake

Mark Cole and Damon T

The Achievers

Mike Dr Blue

Troy Redfern

Amit Dattani

Big Boy Bloater and the Limits

Jenny Wren & her Borrowed Wings

Chris Bevington

Mojo Hand

Delta Ladies

Rowland Jones

Jack Blackman

Wille & The Bandits

Stephen Steinhaus

Dino Baptiste

Luke Doherty Duo

Connor Selby

Ajay Srivastav Karmic Blues

Stone Mountain Sinners

Kyla Brox

Wily Bo Walker


Ma Polaines Great Divide

Jamie Thyer and the Worried Men

Paul Gillings

Astella Soul Band

Vo Fletcher

Xander and the Peace Pirates

Katie Bradley

Blues Boy Kings


Beaux Gris Gris and the Apocalypse

Trevor Babajack Steger

Birmingham Community Gospel Choir

Elles Bailey

Dave Ferra Allstars

Danny Bryant

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.

12th - 21st July 2019

Papa Chubby


Gloucester R&B Festival 2019

29th July - 4th August 2019

Cafe Rene
Southgate Street

Tel: 01452 309340


Ealing Blues Festival 2019
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

London's longest running blues festival (established 1987)



25th - 28th July 2019
Phone: 0845 299 0845



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


Details here:



18th May 2019


Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Grund, Clausen

Free entry



 August 2019  

Sunday 28th July - Friday 2nd August 2019

BluesWeek 2019
Hartpury College
GL19 3BE

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




1st - 4th August 2019

Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden


North Wales



7 Hills Blues Festival

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th August 2019


Northern Ireland



Saturday 10th August 2019

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

2019 Line-up:

Early bird ticket discounts: go to

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



2019 - TBA

16th - 18th August 2018


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




34th Rauma Blues Fest 2019


Taking a rest in 2018




16th - 18th August 2019

Old Bush Blues 2019

The Old Bush
Callow End



Le Buis



21st - 24th August 2019


Pordenone, near Venice, Italy





Wespelaar, Belgium


Friday 16 August 2019

19:00 – 20:15  Steven Troch Band

20:45 – 22:15   Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Tramell

22:45 – 00:15   Tinsley Ellis


Saturday 17 August 2019

13:30 – 14:30   Dave Warmerdam Band

14:30 – 15:30   Vitor Bacalhau

16:00 – 17:00   Johnny Burgin and Quique Gomez

17:30  – 18:30  Watermelon Slim

19:00 – 20:15   Bobby Radcliff Band

20:45 – 22:15   Jamiah Rogers

22:45 – 00:15   Shemekia Copeland


Sunday 18 August 2019

13:30 – 14:30   Stef Paglia Trio

15:00 – 16:15   Dany Franchi

16:45 – 18:00   Whitney Shay

18:30 – 19:45   Breezy Rodio

20:15 – 21: 30  Kirk Fletcher

21:45 – 23:15   Mud Morganfield

More Info: Swing Wespelaar



2019- TBA

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.


-Blues roots rock soul-

Het (Ge)Varenwinkelfestival is het blues- & rootsfestival in Herselt (België) tijdens het laatste weekend van augustus. Sfeer en topmuziek verzekerd.

22,23,24  augustus 2019

Gevarenwinkel vzw
Wolfsdonksesteenweg 160
2230 Herselt


22nd - 26th August 2019

East Sussex
TN31 7LE




The 30th Great British R&B Festival 2019,
Colne, Lancashire

Bank Holiday Weekend 2019
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August 2019


Latest Updates


New Venue Announced For This Summer's Festival
Earnie’s is a roller rink and entertainment centre, which will be transformed into the perfect live music venue for the blues festival in 2019. Part of the rink will form the live music stage, with comfortable temporary seating and a bar. The venue will host some lively, toe-tapping, dance-able rhythm and blues. It is one of the festival 'Roadhouse venues'; all acts are free to enjoy over the festival weekend.
New Stage for #ColneBlues2019

The Festival Teams With Northern Whisper Brewing Company 

As smooth as Ray Charles in his heyday, the festival beer ‘Rhythm & Booze’ is a wonderful 4% golden ale.
Rhythm and Booze

Get To Know… Ma Bessie
The festival talk with Ma Bessie about performing on stage as a child, her new album release and… pig feet. Ma Bessie plays the Mini Muni, Saturday, 3pm.
Get To Know Ma Bessie

Festival Volunteers Required
Join the team as a volunteer at this summer’s blues festival in Colne.
Positions involve some light and enjoyable tasks such as
; stewarding, box office duties, information point teams, merchandise stalls etc.
Festival Volunteers

30th Anniversary - Festival Artwork
This year's festival "looks a good blend of exciting new talent and a couple of really solid and dependable early favourites among the headliners, which was always Colne’s hallmark". See festival artwork from previous year's blues events in Colne.
Festival Artwork

Festival Buskers are Announced
Expect some surprises as you discover the raw talent and sweet-sounds of these dexterous musicians.  
Festival Buskers 2019


Little Theatre Stage at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival: Announced

Squeeze up #ColneBlues2019 bands, the festival have announced their 
2019 Little Theatre line ups.

The Little Theatre is a 
75 capacity venue situated in the heart of Colne. It's an intimate venue, full of character and charm, with a full height stage and comfortable, cinema style seating. A hugely popular venue at the festival, this stage forms part of the event's ticketed event schedule.   

The stage is curated by British blues-rock guitarist and singer songwriter Jack J Hutchinson, who says…

“It is a real honour to curate the Little Theatre stage at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival. I grew up just down the road in Burnley, and it always feels like coming home when I play or simply attend the festival. There are a number of acts on the Little Theatre bill who, whilst tipping their hats to the past, offer something refreshing and contemporary. Others present a more familiar take on the blues, and are no less vibrant. What they all share is a commitment to new, original material.”

The artists featured on the stage are:



As well as the array of talent that headline the main stages, there are also blues club 'picks' from around the UK (from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales), a blues-funk-groove-soul upbeat 'dance' day on Saturday 25th August (at the Muni), talent from as far away as Australia, Canada, mainland Europe and the USA, a pick from BBC Radio Lancashire's Bluenotes show and some incredible homegrown new and emerging talent.

Paddy Maguire, the festival creative director explains further "I am incredibly excited to help announce the 30th anniversary year festival line up - with plenty of diversity within the blues music genre, consisting of celebrated blues music legends... and the promising legends of the future. As an internationally recognised festival, it is our duty and responsibility to nurture emerging artists and the UKs weekly hosted blues clubs, as well welcoming the founding fathers of the blues genre".  

Tickets go on sale on
Friday 7th December at 10am via the festival website:      

2019 Headliners include:

Anthony Gomes (Canada)


Danny Bryant Big Band


Geoff Achison (Australia)


Mike Sanchez  


Rufus Black




plus many other incredibly talented artists, including Dana Ali BandBlues Boy KingsTom C WalkerJames Sayer BandJames & Black (USA), Russ Tippins Electric BandGreg Coulson, The Troy Redfern Band (Mid Wales Blues Club pick), Delta Fuse (The Elner Delta Blues Club, NI pick), Andy Gunn (Edinburgh Blues Club pick), Rainbreakers (Tuesday Night Blues Club pick)... and many more.

Further 2019 line ups announcements will follow in due course 
next to come will be the Mini Muni stage, the BBC Radio Lancashire Bluenotes 'pick', the Little Theatre stage, special events, then the myriad of ‘Roadhouse’ venues line ups.

There will be a chance to apply to play the 2019 festival via Jessica Foxley Stages. Applications will be online soon.

Current line ups can be viewed here:   

More on the festival:

The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival 
will occur in Colne, Lancashire, over the bank holiday weekend of 23rd – 25th August 2019. This is the events’ 30th year anniversary, and the third year in which Colne Town Council have organised and managed the event.

The festival takes place in numerous town centre venues (from 750 to 50 capacity), Colne & Nelson Rugby Club (which also doubles-up as the festival campsite), plus many more restaurants and bars. 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, incredible food stalls, bars and more.
Each music venue is within easy reach of the main street, making this event not only 
one of Europe’s best contemporary blues festivals, but also one-of-a-kind and much-loved festival for people of the local area.  

An estimated 15,000 – 20,000 people attend
ed both the 2017 & 2018’s festivals; with the event receiving a HUGE amount of love (just some of the comments are below).  

Tickets for the 2019 festival go on sale at 10am on Friday 7th December via the festival ticket page. Camping tickets will follow soon afterwards. 
There are also many ‘Roadhouse’ venues dotted around the town hosting events and live music
. These venues are free to enjoy.


More news from the festival:
Facebook: /thegreatbritishrandbfestival
Instagram: @greatbritishrnbfestivalcolne
Twitter:  @RandBFestival

Ticket hotline: 01282 661234


Check out: Photos from 2018 ..
The Great British R&B Festival 2018

Check out: Photos from 2017..
The Great British R&B Festival 2017

Check out: Photos from 2016..
The Great British R&B Festival 2016

Check out: Photos from 2015..
The Great British R&B Festival 2015

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



 September 2019  


Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen


5th- 8th September 2019

Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway


Monaghan Town





AmenoBlues Festival
Ameno, Novara, Italy



Friday 6th - Sunday 8th September 2019

Margate Rock & Blues 2019

Margate Winter Gardens





6th - 8th September 2019

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


6th UKBlues Challenge 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019

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Click here for interview with Connor Selby

The 2019 UKBlues Challenge will be taking place at the Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club, Poynton, Cheshire on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Doors open at 18.30 and the evening will close at around 23.15.

Tickets priced at £17.50 (plus booking fee) seated and £15.00 (plus booking fee) standing are now on sale and can only be purchased via at this link:

Demand for tickets is already very high
and there are a very limited number of tickets available so,
to avoid disappointment, get yours now before they are all gone.



Newark on Trent




European Blues Cruise, a unique cruise under the sign of blues

The particularity of European Blues Cruise is the exciting meeting between tourism discovery and the love of the blues. Our boat sails around beautiful cities on the Mediterranean shores, rocked by blues rhythm.

The cruise is organized by the association Blues in Marseilles, which aims to promote the blues in our city through various concerts. Marseille is one of the oldest cities of France, we hope you will appreciate is large heritage as well.

Our Event is organized thanks to partnerships with the travel agency Voyages Byblos and various cruise lines.

Since its creation in 2014, we offer new routes and various great artists to combine holidays and musical passion. Most of our artists accompanying you throughout the trip come from the United States to offer you their voices and their stories.

By letting you discover our program, we hope that our services will attract your attention and we remain at your disposal for further information.

The team of European Blues Cruise

Info and booking :



2019 - TBA



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







Carlisle Blues / Rock Festival 2019

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th September 2019

Friday - 27th September 2019

Xander & The Peace Pirates

Sean Webster Band

Crow Black Chicken

Nick Steed 5


Saturday - 28th September 2019


Connie Lush Band

Stevie Nimmo Trio

Jon Amor Band

Guy Tortora

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Felix Rabin

Junkhouse Dog


Sunday - 29th September 2019

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders

Kyla Brox

Ian Parker Band

Mike Bowden & The A917 Band


It just doesn't come any better !!


The Crown & Mitre Hotel
, Carlisle

Photos of the previous ten festivals are listed here:

Take a look at the 2018 Festival Photos here.
Take a look at the 2017 Festival Photos 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.


Orkney Blues Festival
Orkney Islands


39th Rawa Blues Festival 2019


 October 2019  

2019 - TBA

Blues In The City





3rd Oct - 6th Oct 2019
(Also see the 19th Swanage Blues Festival in March)

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

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

Back Porch
Backwater Roll Blues Band
Baroness & The Bear, Nick Hyde & Friends
Ben Tyzack & Guy Tortora
Blue Touch
Blues Dharma
Chicago 9
Dawg n Bonez Band
Fabulous Fezheads
Free's Company
Gary Fletcher
Geoff Garbow Band
Geoff's Jam
Hugh Budden & the Blue Chords - unplugged
John McClean & the Clan
Karena K Band
Lewis Cohen
Luke Doherty Band
Open Mic
Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz
Pete Harris & Jon Vaughan
Pete Harris & Ray Drury
Pete Harris Blues Band with Jon Vaughan and Ray Drury
Riverside Blues Band
Robert Hokum, Hugh Budden, Steve Darrington and Stompin' Dave
Robert Hokum Revue
Robin Bibi Band Jam Session
Robin Bibi Band
Stan’s Blues Jamboree
Stompin Dave Trio
The Fabulous Duck Brothers
The Great West Groove
The Jawbreakers
The Milk Men
The Mustangs
The RedCrow
The Robert Hokum Mega Session
The Sepia Show Swing Twins (Nick Hyde & Dave Raphael)
Tim Staffell / Paul Stewart Band
Tommy Allen & Jon Vaughan
Tommy Allen & Ray Drury
Tommy Allen's Trafficker
Tommy Harkenrider & The Orange County Rockets
Voodoo Sheiks
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion and more...


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Swanage Blues
Open Mic
Steve Darrington



4th - 5th October 2019

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






10 - 14 October 2019

Southport's Big Blues Festival

The Atkinson
Lord Street

Box Office:
01704 533 333


Fri 11th to Mon 14th October 2019
Blues Weekend at Norton Grange
Norton Grange,

Booked so far:

Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges
Papa George Band
Paul Cox Blues Band
Bad Influence
The Dellagrants
Stompin’ Dave & Earl Jackson

Jam sessions led by Blues Situation
MC/DJ:  Earl Jackson
Phone: 0870 601 6012



11th - 13th October 2019

22nd Beer R&B Festival 2019
EX12 3JP
Phone: 01494 511886







21st - 26th October 2019

Freiburg Blues N'Roots Festival 2019



25th - 27th October 2019

London Blues Festival 2019
The O2


 November 2019  


5th P & O International Blues Revue

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November 2019

P & O Ferries Hull to Bruges

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

United Kingdom
Tel: 0800 130 0030



14th Blues Heaven Festival 2019


Vully Blues Festival
Praz, Switzerland






Fri 8th - Sun 10th Nov 2019
14th Tenby Blues Festival 2019
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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


9th - 17th November 2019
25th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2019

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 23rd November 2019

Ageas Bowl



Get the blues at the Ageas Bowl


The Ageas Bowl will once again be welcoming three popular and up-and-coming blues acts to the stage: Hugh Budden and the Blue Chords, BlueTouch and our headliner Aynsley Lister. 

Details of the event can be found at




 December 2019  

Fri 30th November to Mon 2nd December 2019
Blues Weekend at The Heathlands, Bournemouth

The Heathlands
Grove Road

Booked so far:

Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys
The Spikedrivers
The Cadillac Kings
Stompin’ Dave’s Blues3 


Late night jam sessions led by Robin Bibi
MC/DJ:  Earl Jackson


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