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Here is the  UK and European Blues Festivals Guide 2020, including blues related workshops, exhibitions and lectures.   At this time several festivals still show 2019 or are shown as "2020 - 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 2020  


January Blues Festival 2020 : London

15 - 31 January 2020


Fri 17th to Mon 20th Jan 2020 (3 nights)
Skegness Rock & Blues Festival
Butlins Resort
PE25 1NJ

Phone: 0870 162 1805


Savoy Brown

Marian Diaz

Billy Branch

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Nine Below Zero

Animals And Friends

Dr Feelgood

Climax Blues Band

Bernard Allison

Rhino's Revenge (Status Quo)

The Brew

Paul Lamb And The Kingsnakes

Sam Kelly's Station House

Miguel Montalban And The Southern Vultures

Ma Bessie And Her Blues Troupe

Clearwater Creedence Revival


Carvin Jones

Johnny "Guitar" Williamson & Blue Swamp Band

2019 Introducing Stage Winners

Burnt Out Wreck


Crow Black Chicken

Introducing Stage

Will Wilde

Sun House



Mojo Preachers

The Stoned Crows

Joan Ov Arc


Eliana Cargnelutti

Snake Oil Band

James Oliver Band

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny

Blues Matters! Stage


Previous year's photos:

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Het Arsenaal Theater
Arsenaalplein 1


 February 2020  


8th - 9th February 2020

Mahindra Blues Festival
Mehboob Studio, Mumbai

 March 2020  


Acoustic Blues Weekend
of workshops, jams and performance
Friday 28th to Sunday 1st March 2020

The programme will offer classes starting on Friday from 1pm to 5pm followed by a staff concert at 8pm. On Saturday, classes will run from 10am to 5pm followed by an evening jam session from 8pm to midnight for ‘participants only’. On Sunday, classes will run from 10am to 3pm.  The classes will cater for all levels of ability and we recommend you bring along a portable recorder for future reference. The tutors for the ‘Acoustic Blues Weekend’ are John Miller (country blues guitar), Adam Franklin (bottleneck slide guitar) and Will Wilde (harmonica).

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).



5th March - 8th March 2020

The 20th Swanage Blues Festival
(Also see the 13th 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





12th - 22nd March 2020




3rd Rock & Roll Review - CANCELLED

13th - 15th March 2020


P&O will be in touch directly with arrangements for those who have already booked.

See link below for any further information.


The Revolutionaires 
The Hawkmen 
P&O Ferries
Hull - Zeebrugge


2020 - TBA


Das 11. Blues Festival Frauenfeld







Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

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



Ocean Spa Complex, Scarborough

(Yes, the entire Spa Complex!!)

Plus ...

Additional AMERICANA Music Night

Thursday 19th March 2020


Some venue details ...

  • TWO LARGE VENUES, each seating 500 + !!

  • No less than FOUR bars

  • THREE catering outlets including (new for 2020) a Carvery !!


  • EVEN MORE WORLD CLASS Musicians / Bands 

  • AN IMPROVED ‘WELCOME PARTY’ on the Friday Night

  • THREE ‘AFTER PARTIES’ (on Friday, Saturday & Sunday Nights)

  • IMPROVED DANCING facilities in both venues

  • EVEN BETTER SOUND QUALITY in both venues


  • Use of the BALCONY in the Spa Grand Hall


40% of tickets sold in first 36 hours!!

You had better be quick as this will certainly sell out!!

Phone 07956 925 925 NOW before it's too late

Mention and say Hi to Mark from Alan

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26th - 29th March 2020

Click here for the full line up


27-28th March 2020

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 2020  


The 9th Bowness Bay Blues Weekend 2020

3rd, 4th & 5th April 2020


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



Das Volkshaus






27-28th March 2020



HRH Blues

11th -12th April 2020

O2 Academy





The 24th Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival
Nantwich Civic Hall & The Crown Hotel



20th - 21st March 2020




2020 -TBA



25th April 2020


 May 2020  

A nostalgic look ....

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Burnley Blues Festival Heritage

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28e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2020
The Netherlands




Tickets are on sale for both the shows here




2020 - TBA

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.

The festival’s aim is to offer a distinct event in Europe, an enriching experience for the audience. In 2016 EUROPAfest celebrated 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




2020 TBA
Box Office: 01495


2020 - TBA




The 22nd Annual 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



2020 -TBA

Montrose Music Festival 2018






29th - 31st May 2020






Diggle Blues Festival 2020

2020 - TBA

‘Where the blues meets the greenery'

Entrance to all venues is FREE


 June 2020  

2020 - TBA

Manchester Acoustic Blues Fest


(part of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain)


2020 - TBA





2020 - TBA

DeltaBlues Festival
Polesine, Italy





2020 - TBA






30th May - 1st June 2020

24th Ribs & Blues Festival 2020




Sierre Blues Festival 2020
Plaine Bellevue

11th - 13th June 2020



2020 - TBA



Blues Weekend at the Toorak Hotel

Torquay, Devon

Friday 12th – Monday 15th June 2020




2020 - TBA





2020 - TBA

FRIDAY 21st JUNE 2019

Papa George Band
Climax Blues Band
Hip Route

Click here for Press Release


All Tickets Sold Out on October 6th 2019



2020 - TBA

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!


2020 - TBA

28th, 29th & 30th June 2019

Almost Blue Dundee 2019
Dundee, Scotland




2020 - TBA

28th - 30th June 2019



2020 - TBA 



PuistoBlues 2020


 July 2020  


27th Cognac Blues Passions

Click here for Artist Lineup




Music at the Crossroads Festival 2020

3rd & 4th July 2020

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton
OX15 5NY

The Hook Norton Charitable Association



20th Linton Festival 2020
The Alma Inn

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Click here for 2008 Photos & Reviews
Click here for 2007 Photos & Reviews


2020 - TBA



Dereham Blues Festival, Norfolk 

8th - 12th July 2020

Click here for details



17th - 19th July 2020

13th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB


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14th Suwalki Blues Festival 2020



2020 - TBA



Cahors Blues Festival 2020




16th - 18th July 2020

Azores Islands



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



2020 - TBA

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16th July to 19th July 2020

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!






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.

Check out some recent festivals:

2019 photos
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.

17th - 26th July 2020



2020 - TBA

Gloucester R&B Festival 2019

29th July - 4th August 2019

Cafe Rene
Southgate Street

Tel: 01452 309340



Ealing Blues Festival 2020
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

London's longest running blues festival (established 1987)

2020 - TBA
Phone: 0845 299 0845



2020 - TBA



2020 - TBA


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



2020 - TBA

18th May 2019



Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Grund, Clausen

Free entry



 August 2020  


Blues Week 2020
Monday 3rd August to Saturday 8th August 2020
Hartpury College
Gloucester GL19 3BE
United Kingdom




Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden

Jimmie Vaughan

CC Cowboys

Shemekia Copeland

Henning Kvitnes

The Proven Ones

Bjørn Berge

Mike Andersen


31st July - 2nd August 2020


North Wales



2020 - TBA

International Blues Weekend

Fri 3/Sat 4 August 2018



2020 - TBA

7 Hills Blues Festival

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th August 2019


Northern Ireland



Saturday 15th August 2020


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

2020 Line-up:


Early bird ticket discounts: go to

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





35th Rauma Blues Fest 2020





Le Buis




2020 - TBA

Pordenone, near Venice, Italy





Wespelaar, Belgium



21st - 23rd August 2020

Old Bush Blues 2020

The Old Bush
Callow End



-Blues roots rock soul-

Het (Ge)Varenwinkelfestival is het blues- & rootsfestival in Herselt
(België) op 27, 28 en 29 augustus 2020. Sfeer en topmuziek verzekerd.

Gevarenwinkel vzw
Wolfsdonksesteenweg 160
2230 Herselt



27th - 31st August 2020

East Sussex
TN31 7LE



The 31st Great British R&B Festival 2020,
Colne, Lancashire

Bank Holiday Weekend 2020
Friday 28th - Sunday 30th August 2020


Latest Update

The UKBlues Federation has teamed up with The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne to offer up-and-coming, under-the-radar acts (solo artists or bands) the opportunity to play the main stages at the festival this summer.

Apply to play via the festival website. Deadline for applications is Saturday 29th February: 
Apply to Play.  

As part of the process, applicants are asked to submit a link to a sound recording, along with a link to a video of their act performing live. Applications will be perused by a panel of music professionals, who will use the submitted sound recordings and videos to select a shortlist. A mix of award-winning musicians, recording artists, event managers, radio presenters and more, make up the judging panel.

Two bands/artists will be chosen to each play a one hour slot. The judges are seeking blues-based acts with originality (no 'covers' bands please), creativity, technical ability, musical compatibility to the festival, and entertainment value, being at the core of their choices. The acts must not have played the festival within the last 3 years. The bands must make their own way to and from the festival. The available musical slots will be paid, as will accommodation.   

In addition to a slot at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, one of the chosen acts will be nominated to be part of the UKBlues Challenge 2020.

Steve Potter from the UKBlues Federation explains further. "Keeping the blues genre alive and fresh is a huge part of what our federation strives to do. Discovering up-and-coming artists and showcasing them in a vibrant, upbeat, busy environment, such as at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, has a significant impact on both the musicians and the musical genre as a whole. We're thrilled to be involved in helping to bring forward new music to the scene, and supporting the music and musicians in any way we can." 

And there's more...
In addition to a slot at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, one of the chosen festival acts will be nominated to take part in the 2020 UKBlues Challenge, organised by the UKBlues Federation. The winner of the 2020 UKBlues Challenge will be invited to represent the UK at the 37th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2021 and the 11th European Blues Challenge in Chorzow, Poland in April 2021.  

Five acts will take part in the 2020 UKBlues Challenge, four of whom will have been selected under a process run by the UKBlues Federation, with the fifth being selected from those acts appearing at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival under the project's banner.

Ashwyn Smyth, Chair of the UK Blues Federation said "Each year, the UKBlues Challenge contestants are very varied, creating differing blues soundscapes from across the genre and demonstrating the fact that blues is a 'broad church'. I am looking forward to seeing who the judges choose as the winner. I know it won't be an easy choice. I am immensely proud that since we took on responsibility for selecting the UK’s representatives at the International and European Blues Challenges, we have twice reached the semi-finals in Memphis and twice won the European Blues Challenge. As is clear from the quotes below, participating in the UKBlues Challenge really raises profiles and brings acts to a much wider audience."   

Quotes from previous UKBlues Challenge artists:   

"Being selected to take part in the UKBlues Challenge is first and foremost an honour, we were humbled to be asked. If you happen to 'win' as we did it, becomes a delicious opportunity to reach a wider audience, giving us even more cause to feel really positive about the music we make - all the while backed by the very supportive UKBlues Federation. Get stuck in, it's totally worth it.
The Achievers - UKBlues Challenge Winners 2019

"It’s impossible to say how much taking part in the UKBlues Challenge has propelled our career and contributed to such a successful time for us. It has helped us to bring our music to new audiences, gaining new fans and gigging opportunities across the UK... and worldwide. I can’t thank the UKBlues Federation enough for all the work they put into the challenges and for keeping UKBlues scene alive and kicking."
Kyla Brox - UKBlues Challenge Winner 2018    

"The UKBlues Challenge was a great opportunity for us to play some fantastic venues with some amazing bands. To think this little band from the Essex Delta would play on Beale Street is a dream come true!"
La Vendore Rogue - UKBlues Challenge Winners 2017

"Winning the European Blues Challenge in 2017 gave me the opportunity to explore my career outside the UK & Northern Ireland. I now live in France and have found great management who have helped me gain momentum in Europe. I believe that taking part in the UK Blues Challenge directly led to the amazing opportunities that have come my way. I will always be grateful for the challenge and the UK Blues Federation." 
Kaz Hawkins - UKBlues Challenge Winner 2016  

For further information and to apply, visit the Blues Festival website:
Further information on the UKBlues Federation:
Further festival news items are available online here: 


Confirmed Sunday artists include:

Kyla Brox, Mike Farris & His Band, Peter Donegan, Lightnin’ Willie & The Poor Boys, The Achievers, The Cinelli Brothers, Robin Bibi Band, The Stumble, Mojo Preachers , Redfish, Henry’s Funeral Shoe… with more announcements to follow.


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

Ticket hotline: 01282 661234


Check out: Photos from 2019 ..
The Great British R&B Festival 2019

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

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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 2020  


2020 - TBA


Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen


2020 - TBA






Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway


Monaghan Town




2020- TBA


AmenoBlues Festival
Ameno, Novara, Italy




2020 - TBA

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th September 2019

Margate Rock & Blues 2019

Margate Winter Gardens




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

After nine years, the time has come to put the Big Green Cardigan into the wardrobe and leave it there. The festival has never covered its cost and as much as we love it, financially we cannot carry on.  It’s been a marvellous  adventure making friends and discovering  some great acts together but now it is time to move on to new things. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported The Big Green Cardigan since 2011 and hope you go away with some dashingly good memories.
 So long, and thanks for all the fish 

Mick & Dave
The Big Green Cardigan 





2020 - TBA

UKBlues Challenge 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019

BlueFunk Rhythm & Blues Club



Details here:



2020 - TBA

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

Click here for Press Release

Info and booking :





2020 - 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




2020 - TBA



Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2020

Orkney Blues Festival
Orkney Islands

 October 2020  


1st Oct - 4th Oct 2020
(Also see the 20th 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.



Join the monthly mailing list at

Swanage Blues
Open Mic
Steve Darrington



Recent article in 'The Cumberland News' :

Here's the text version:

The popular Carlisle Blues Rock Festival has been saved after businesses came forward to sponsor it for 2020.

This year the popular three-day event was expected to be the last, with no plans to continue. But businesses have come together to rescue the festival which will prevent it becoming another festival closure statistic and loss of live music.

Director/Organiser Nick Westgarth said that he is extremely grateful to all of the companies who have stepped forward to help.  Steve Potter of Form FitOut and Charles Scott from MacBeth Scott, both of whom also sponsored the 2019 event, have been joined by KNS Automotive of Peterlee and Annandale Distillery of Annan who have added their support for 2020.  Together those businesses have ensured that the festival has a future in 2020.

The popular festival, nominated for best festival in The UK Blues Awards, closed after the 2019 event in September with no plans to continue.

Organiser Nick said that the event can no longer run without funding or sponsorship: “It used to be totally self-financing but sadly that’s no longer the case. When the festival closed at the end of September it had no future, financially it was finished.”

The smaller venue and ever-increasing costs meant it had become impossible to stage the event without financial support.

“The only way to keep it self-financing would be to lower the profile of the bands or raise the ticket prices substantially, neither of which I feel would be good for the future of the festival,“ He added.

The companies which have stepped forward to help are not local but have people within their organisations who are keen supporters of live music.

Steve Potter of Form FitOut, a Rochester company, is an active board member of the UK Blues Federation while Charles Scott of MacBeth Scott & Co in Kendal is a keen music lover and a supporter of numerous Cumbrian events.

John Robson of KNS Automotive and two friends were in the audience in September and came forward immediately after the festival with an offer of help.

“They had enjoyed the event so much they didn’t want to see the festival to close for financial reasons,” said Nick.

The most recent acquisition is the prestigious award-winning Annandale Distillery which has a distillery and cafe just north of the Scottish Border in Annan.  The distillery, with their international award-winning whisky is keen to associate with the festival, which enjoys an international reputation.

The festival has a reputation for the quality of the bands it brings to Carlisle.  “I am confident I will be able to pull a top-class line-up together for 2020.  Call it twenty, twenty vision if you wish,” Nick added with a wry smile.

The 2020 event will take place from 2nd to 4th October at the Crown & Mitre Hotel in Carlisle.

For more information, go to


More details soon..


The Crown & Mitre Hotel
, Carlisle

Photos of the previous eleven festivals are listed here:

Take a look at the 2019 Festival Photos 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.

It just doesn't come any better !!



2020 - TBA


opens Wed 2nd October 2019



2020 - TBA

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





2020 - TBA

10 - 14 October 2019


40th Rawa Blues Festival 2020


2020 - TBA

Southport's Big Blues Festival

The Atkinson
Lord Street

Artists include:


Box Office:
01704 533333



9th - 11th October 2020

23rd Beer R&B Festival 2020
EX12 3JP
Phone: 01494 511886





13th October 2018

2020 - TBA




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21st - 26th October 2019

Freiburg Blues N'Roots Festival 2019



2020 - TBA

2020 - TBA

25th - 26th October 2018

London Blues Festival 2018
The O2


 November 2020  



15th Blues Heaven Festival 2020


2020 - TBA

Vully Blues Festival
Praz, Switzerland





Fri 13th - Sun 15th Nov 2020
15th Tenby Blues Festival 2020
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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


7th - 15th November 2020
26th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2020




2020 - TBA


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 2020  


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