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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 some 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 restrictions, cancellations or re-scheduling.

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


 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


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"


Back Porch
Ben White & Thomas Lucas
Blues Re-Incorporated
Blue Touch
Chicago 9 Rhythm & Blues Band
Dave Ferra
Doghouse Blues Revival
Fabulous Fezheads
Geoff's Jam
Hugh Budden & the Blue Chords
John McClean & the Clan
Jon Townsend
Jon Walsh & Ray Drury
Lewis Cohen
Liam Ward and Mark Cole
Mark Harrison
Open Mic with Geoff
Paint It Blue
Pete Harris & Jon Vaughan
Pete Harris & Ray Drury
Pete Harris Blues Band
Robert Hokum
Robin Bibi Band
Robin Bibi Acoustic and Electric Jam
Stompin' Dave
The Fabulous Duck Brothers
The Milk Men
The Mustangs
Tommy Allen & Jon Vaughan
Tommy Allen with band
Will Killeen
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

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



Wednesday 2nd March 2022 to Saturday March 12th 2022,

FREE all weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 4, 5, 6.





Infoline: +33 3 44 15 30 30 

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




2022 - TBA

26th - 29th March 2020


 April 2022


Saturday 2nd 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

Kenny Neal © Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Lil Ed © Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Duke Robillard © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Nick Moss © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Little Willie Littlefield © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Rod Piazza © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Lightnin Willie © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Henry Butler © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Magic Slim © Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.
All photos© Copyright 2008-2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.







15th May 2022

The Powerhaus





12th - 14th May 2022



28e Editie van het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival 2022
The Netherlands


14th May 2022

Hooghaveen Blues Festival




19th - 22nd May 2022


Internationales Bluesfest Eutin

Box Office: 01495 355800




2022 - TBA


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










20th - 22nd May 2022

 June 2022

2nd - 4th June 2022

Euston Hall

Euston, Thetford IP24 2QW



Manchester Acoustic Blues Fest


In light of no Manchester Biennial this break year, in place of MABS Fest will be 'Night of the Bluesmen' with Bluesman Mike Francis & Dai Thomas at The Darwen Library Theatre Sun 12th June 2022.

Tickets on sale now







2022 - TBA

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.





4th - 6th June 2022

Ribs & Blues Festival 2022






Sierre Blues Festival 2022

9th - 11th June 2022
Plaine Bellevue



2022 - TBA




Diggle Blues Festival 2022

‘Where the blues meets the greenery'

Entrance to all venues is FREE



Blues Weekend at the Toorak Hotel

Torquay, Devon

Friday 17th – Monday 20th June 2022





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



23rd June - 3rd July 2022



2022 - TBA



2022 - TBA

Göteborg Blues Festival 2021






Sunday 26th June 2022



2022 - TBA 


 July 2022







Springbok Estate, Alfold, Surrey GU6 8EX



2nd July 2022


PuistoBlues 2022




29th Cognac Blues Passions




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



** Line-up running order change**
To accommodate updated travel arrangements and to allow some band members to play additional gigs across the weekend we have made a couple of tweaks to the running orders of Saturday and Sunday

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





Southern Germany



6th July - 10th July 2022

Dereham Blues Festival, Norfolk 

Click here for details


New Open-Air Blues Busk Added to the Dereham Blues Festival

Click here for details







Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2022

Friday 8th July to Sunday 10th July


14th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall
East Yorkshire
YO25 4NB


© Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.



14th Suwalki Blues Festival 2022



21st - 24th July 2022





Fri 15 - Sun 17 July 2022



Cahors Blues Festival 2022





14th - 16th July 2022

Azores Islands




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



2022 - TBA


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.


2022 - TBA

16th July – 8th August 2021

Ealing Blues Festival 2020
Walpole Park
Mattock Lane
Ealing W5

London's longest running blues festival (established 1987)







Click here for details



2022 - TBA




Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival 2022

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2022



2022 - TBA

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.




4th - 7th August 2022


Notodden Blues Festival
PO Box 211
3672 Notodden


Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th August 2022


2022 - TBA



North Wales



2022 - TBA

7 Hills Blues Festival

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th August 2019


Northern Ireland



35th Rauma Blues Fest 2022



Zaterdag 13 Aug 2022



2022 - TBA


Le Buis





2022 - TBA



Pordenone, near Venice, Italy



Old Bush Blues 2022

The Old Bush
Callow End



2022 - TBA

-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


27 August 2022




25th - 29th August 2022

East Sussex
TN31 7LE



2022 - TBA







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.




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


 September 2022


Openluchttheater De Doolhof
De Drink
5932 CP Tegelen


2022 - TBA






1st - 4th Sept 2022

Blues in Hell

Hell, Norway


2022 - TBA


Monaghan Town




2022 - TBA

Stockport Blues Festival 2020

5th - 6th September 2020




2022 - TBA


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




Margate Rhythm & Rock 2022

Margate Winter Gardens




Saturday 10th September 2022

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




Friday 9th - Monday 12th September 2022








UKBlues Challenge 2022

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.   A Celebration Of UK Blues took place in Coventry on 18th September and featured UKBlues Award nominees The Stevie Watts Organ Trio with Alice Armstrong and multi award winners When Rivers Meet and Kyla Brox. 

The 2022 UKBlues Challenge is presently being worked on and we’ll have news soon!



2022 - 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 :



2022 - TBA



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

Click here to buy tickets


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The Crown & Mitre Hotel
, Carlisle

Photos of all previous twelve festivals are listed here:

Take a look at the 2021 Festival Photos 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 !!




2022 - TBA


Wednesday 29th September thru Sunday 3rd October 2021




2022 - TBA

40th Rawa Blues Festival 2020



2022 - TBA

Southport's Big Blues Festival

The Atkinson
Lord Street

Box Office:
01704 533333




2022 - TBA

8th - 10th October 2021

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


2022 - TBA




2022 - TBA

2022 - TBA

London Blues Festival 2021
The O2


 November 2022


2022 - TBA

8th - 11th November 2021

Freiburg Blues N'Roots Festival 2021



2022 - TBA


15th Blues Heaven Festival 2021


2022 - TBA


Vully Blues Festival
Praz, Switzerland

November 5th and 6th, 2021




Fri 18th - Sun 20th Nov 2022
Tenby Blues Festival 2022
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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



2022 - TBA

06. bis 14. November 2021

26th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2021



Saturday 19th -Sunday 20th November 2022



2022 - TBA



2022 - TBA


Saturday 24th November 2018

Ageas Bowl



Get the blues at the Ageas Bowl



 December 2022


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