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Here is the latest release of the  UK & European Blues Festivals Guide 2022, including blues related workshops, exhibitions and lectures.   At this time many festivals are shown as "2022 - 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 where possible.   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. 


As a precaution, please refer to individual festival websites for the latest situation regarding any cancellations or re-scheduling.

Let's all look forward to more live blues music in 2022.  Hope to see you at some of the festivals.

Keep safe and well.

Alan White     


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 January 2022


January Blues Festival 2022 : London





Fri 14th to Mon 17th Jan 2022 (3 nights)

Skegness Great British 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




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Het Arsenaal Theater
Arsenaalplein 1


 February 2022


18th - 20th February 2022

"It's difficult to say what will happen in 2022 but if it is at all it will be:

Friday 18th February  2022
Saturday  19th February  2022
Sunday 20th February  2022
May our paths cross again soon"





 March 2022


3rd - 6th March 2022

The 35th Swanage Blues Festival
(Also see the 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



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12th - 22nd March 2020


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26th - 29th March 2020


 April 2022


Saturday 2nd April 2022



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Das Volkshaus






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27-28th March 2020



8th, 9th & 10th April 2022



HRH Blues

9th - 10th April 2022

O2 Academy



Wilko Johnson

Bernie Marsden

The Quoirboys

and more ...




The 24th Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival

14th - 18th April 2022

Nantwich Civic Hall & The Crown Hotel




21st - 24th April 2022


 May 2022

A nostalgic look ....

.... those were the days

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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All photos© Copyright 2008-2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.



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12th - 14th May 2022



Het 28e Kwadendamme Bluesfestival is op:
13 en 14 Mei 2022

28e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2022
The Netherlands


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Tickets are on sale for both the shows here




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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



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19th - 22nd May 2022


Internationales Bluesfest Eutin



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2020 TBA
Box Office: 01495


21st May 2022



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The 22nd Annual Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival
Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland





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20th - 22nd May 2022


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Diggle Blues Festival 2021

‘Where the blues meets the greenery'

Entrance to all venues is FREE


 June 2022

3rd - 5th June 2022

Euston Hall

Euston, Thetford IP24 2QW



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Manchester Acoustic Blues Fest


(part of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain)



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DeltaBlues Festival
Polesine, Italy




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.



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13th June 2020




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30th May - 1st June 2020

24th Ribs & Blues Festival 2020






Sierre Blues Festival 2022

9th - 11th June 2022
Plaine Bellevue



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Blues Weekend at the Toorak Hotel

Torquay, Devon

Friday 11th – Monday 14th June 2021





16th - 19th June 2022
Phone: 0845 299 0845



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FRIDAY 21st JUNE 2019

Papa George Band
Climax Blues Band
Hip Route

Click here for Press Release



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Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

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


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28th, 29th & 30th June 2019

Almost Blue Dundee 2019
Dundee, Scotland



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PuistoBlues 2020



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Göteborg Blues Festival 2021





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 July 2022



Springbok Estate, Alfold, Surrey GU6 8EX






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28th Cognac Blues Passions

Click here for Artist Lineup




Music at the Crossroads Festival 2022

1st - 3rd July 2022

From The Jam

Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton
OX15 5NY

The Hook Norton Charitable Association


20th Linton Festival 2022

1st - 3rd July 2022

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


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Dereham Blues Festival, Norfolk 

2021 Festival CANCELLED







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9th - 11th July 2021

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


© Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.



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14th Suwalki Blues Festival 2020



21st - 24th July 2022



Fri 15 - Sun 17 July 2022



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Cahors Blues Festival 2022





14th - 16th July 2022

Azores Islands



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



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Tommy Allen's Strat © Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

15th - 17th July 2022

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!)

Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Roadhouse © Copyright 2010 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.


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16th July – 8th August 2021

Ealing Blues Festival 2020
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

London's longest running blues festival (established 1987)


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There's more blues than you can shake a stick at in the upcoming Jazz Festival - Friday 16 to Sunday 25 July with a total of 130 peformances in 53 venues throughout the region - and all but five performances are free admission.

Look out for the bands which include The Shufflepack (High Wycombe), Tipitina (Leyland, Lancashire), James Oliver Band (Wales), Sam Kennedy Band (Exeter, Devon), Son Maxwell with Derek White (High Wycombe), Brooks Williams (Statesboro, Georgia), Foregate Street Blues Band (Worcester), The Catfish Kings (Brighton) and from deep in the Birmingham, Delta The Whiskey Brothers, The Nitecrawlers, Chickenbone John with Harmonica Dave/Tony Stokes, Bob Wilson & Honeyboy Hickling, Old Baby Mackerell, Ricky Cool & The In Crowd, David Moore Blues Band, Big Jim & The Alabama Boogie Boys and Big Boss Man.



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Gloucester R&B Festival 2019

29th July - 4th August 2019

Cafe Rene
Southgate Street

Tel: 01452 309340



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



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Luxembourg Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Grund, Clausen

Free entry



 August 2022


Blues Week 2022
Sunday 31st July to Friday 5th August 2022
Hartpury College
Gloucester GL19 3BE
United Kingdom

Blues Week 2022 (our 20th Anniversary) provides an opportunity for blues enthusiasts to come together for a full week of music making. It is a chance to broaden your skills and knowledge in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. The programme will offer morning and afternoon workshops and classes for all levels. The beginners class is for those who have little or no knowledge of their instrument. The intermediate and advanced classes are for those who already play to varying degrees of proficiency and are ready to learn new tunes, techniques and styles. The evening activities throughout the week will consist of a concert by the staff members, a student concert and nightly jam sessions.




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Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden


Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th August 2022


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North Wales



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7 Hills Blues Festival

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th August 2019


Northern Ireland



35th Rauma Blues Fest 2022



Zaterdag 13 Aug 2022



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Le Buis





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Pordenone, near Venice, Italy




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Wespelaar, Belgium



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21st - 23rd August 2020

Old Bush Blues 2020

The Old Bush
Callow End



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-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



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27th - 31st August 2020

East Sussex
TN31 7LE



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The End Of Colne Blues… As We Know It?

NO! See Below ....

The Great British R&B Festival, Colne, Lancashire


Colne Town Council held a meeting last night, Tuesday 12th October, to discuss the future of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival with members of the public. Colne Town Council has organised and managed the event since 2017. The public meeting was held at the Municipal Hall, with over 50 members of the public in attendance.

The Council welcomed input from the public and interested parties. Each notion was listened to and documented. 

The meeting is available to view online and, despite what is being said in some areas of social media, no firm decisions and changes have yet been made about the future of the event at this time.

Last month, a report by the Council stated: “It is recommended that Colne Town Council does not reinstate the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in its current form in 2022, and that Colne Town Council investigates options for a Music Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend. The reasons for these recommendations were to allow the Council to still run a festival based on the blues genre on August Bank Holiday weekend, without putting strain on the Council’s resources and finances.”

Councillor Mary Thomas, Chairman of Colne Town Council adds “The Council no longer has the resources to run the Colne Blues event in its current form. However, we are talking with local residents and an organisation who contacted the Council which runs similar festivals. We are listening to suggestions and ideas for the festival from groups of interested parties, local businesses and local residents. What eventual shape this festival will take is yet to be decided.”




It is with great regret that we announce the end, as we know it, of the legendary Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne, Lancashire.

The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival has been bringing wonderful blues music – in its myriad of forms – to Colne for over 30 years.  The event was not only one of Europe’s ultimate contemporary blues festivals, but also a one-of-a-kind and much-loved festival for people of the local area.

The 2019 festival, which attracted over 25,000 people to Colne, won the UK Blues Festival of The Year Award and will now be the final festival under the guise of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival. The 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Naomi Crewe, Colne Town Council’s Town Clerk (Colne Town Council has organised and managed the event since 2017): “This is a very sad day for the lovers of ‘The Blues’ in Colne, and for all those involved in the event.  Deciding to make the 2019 event the finale of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival was an extremely difficult and heart wrenching one to make. During these unprecedented times a decision has been made to create a summer music festival for the town of Colne, which will hopefully have the town as busy as ever, just as it was during the blues weekend in 2019. This will be in addition to the events the council currently provides for the town and its residents, including Christmas in Colne, Halloween in Colne, Easter in Colne, along with numerous other services.”

Although it’s very early in the planning stages, the summer festival will hopefully take place in Colne in August 2022 and feature bands and musicians from Colne and beyond, supporting the local arts and live music scene and much more.

Councillor Mary Thomas, the Chairman of Colne Town Council adds, “The Council no longer has the resources to run the Colne Blues event in its current format. However, we are going to manage a summer music festival in Colne next August, alongside our other provisions for local residents.”

The report to a full Colne Town Ccouncil meeting on Tuesday night (21st September) stated:  "It is recommended that Colne Town Council does not reinstate the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in 2022, and that Colne Town Council runs a Summer Music and Food Festival on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend with an addition to the events budget of £10,000 to cover the event. The reasons for this recommendation are to allow the council to still run an event on August Bank Holiday weekend (or a different date if chosen) without putting strain on the Council’s resources and finances."

Let’s keep the award-winning Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in the hearts and minds of everyone who enjoyed ‘The Blues’ in Colne and look forward to this exciting new music-based festival in the town.

Do keep an eye on the Colne Town Council’s website and social media for further updates.



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

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



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 September 2022


Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen


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2nd - 5th Sept 2021

Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway


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Monaghan Town




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Stockport Blues Festival 2020

5th - 6th September 2020

Stockport Blues Society and Spinning Top (Stockport) Ltd present the town's first blues festival over the weekend of 5th & 6th Sept.

Held at both The Garrick Theatre and The Spinning Top live music bar. One venue below the other!

Doors both days 1pm
Music both days starts 2pm
Saturday finish 11pm
Sunday finish 9.30pm

Full details and line ups to be confirmed
Approx 18 live acts over 2 days on two stages.

Venues are located 2 mins. walk from X2 hotels / railway station / bus station and local amenities.

Tickets available here:

The Spinning Top
20 Wellington Road South
Stockport SK4 1AA



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JULY 4 2020

In all these years AmenoBlues has tried to keep the Festival alive, offering a high quality billboard and bringing internationally-known artists at a price accessible to everyone to a small village, peripheral to the major cultural circuits.

Despite the efforts put in place, the niche music genre and the few resources available, unfortunately, do not allow us to maintain that economic balance that would have allowed us to continue with serenity.

We therefore wish to share a special evening of greeting with our loyal public, which will be the last occasion to enjoy the atmosphere of the square in Ameno. The event will take place on Saturday 4th July and that evening we will try to bring some of the musicians who have characterized the magnificent evenings of past editions to the stage, in a sort of small The Last Waltz.

Amenoblues will continue to organize concerts at the Tornielli Museum, always guaranteeing a high level of musical proposals.

We thank all the fans who have followed us with affection in recent years, we invite you to follow the website and the facebook page to find out the next events.

AmenoBlues Festival
Ameno, Novara, Italy




Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September, 2022


Margate Rhythm & Rock 2022

Margate Winter Gardens



Saturday 10th September 2022

Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road,
Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH



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UKBlues Challenge 2021

The 2021 UKBlues Challenge was to have taken place on Saturday 18th September 2021 at the Standard Triumph Club, Herald Ave, Coventry CV5 6UB, a location chosen to help celebrate Coventry being the 2021 City of Culture. However due to the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 European Blues Challenges, the decision was taken to cancel this year’s UKBlues Challenge and instead to promote an evening celebrating blues in the UK.

Arrangements are in hand and further details of the event will be announced over the next months.’



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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 :



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Co. Wexford




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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




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Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2020

Orkney Blues Festival
Orkney Islands

 October 2022


6th to 9th October 2022
(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.



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Swanage Blues
Open Mic
Steve Darrington




7th - 9th October 2022

More details coming soon


The Crown & Mitre Hotel
, Carlisle

Photos of all 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 !!




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Wednesday 29th September thru Sunday 3rd October 2021



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40th Rawa Blues Festival 2020



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Southport's Big Blues Festival

The Atkinson
Lord Street

Box Office:
01704 533333




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8th - 10th October 2021

23rd Beer R&B Festival 2021
EX12 3JP
Phone: 01494 511886


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London Blues Festival 2021
The O2


 November 2022


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8th - 11th November 2021

Freiburg Blues N'Roots Festival 2021



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15th Blues Heaven Festival 2021


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Vully Blues Festival
Praz, Switzerland

November 5th and 6th, 2021




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Fri 12th - Sun 14th Nov 2021
15th Tenby Blues Festival 2021
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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



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06. bis 14. November 2021

26th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2021



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Saturday 24th November 2018

Ageas Bowl



Get the blues at the Ageas Bowl



 December 2022


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