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Blues Festivals

Bessie Smith As far as space & time allow, we will endeavour to provide links to official and interesting sites plus listings and information services for Blues Music Festivals in the UK, Ireland and Worldwide.

UK & Ireland Blues Festivals

7 Hills Blues Festival
40 Hours of Straight Blues from Traditional to Country Slide to Chicago beat taking place from Friday 12 August until Sunday 14 August at 20 venues across Armagh City, Ireland. Artists include Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson, Mirenda Rosenberg, Lee Hedley Band, Mark Braidner and many more.

Blackstairs Blues Festival
Irelands longest running blues festival held in Enniscorthy and Meath Blues Festival For Cystic fibrosis Ireland August 19 2017.

Blues on the Bay Festival
Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland - top names plus guitar and harmonica workshops.

Blues on the Farm
annual festival plus regular events in Chichester, West Sussex.

Boogaloo Promotions
annual Blues Festival at Bognor Regis (check out our Venues Links for info on their blues weekends and blues club).

Brecon Jazz Festival
jazz & blues in Wales.

Castlebar Blues, Ireland
Community site has details of the Blues Festival held over the June Whit weekend.

Colne Blues Festival UK
The Great British Rhythm & Blues and street festival is held over the August Bank Holiday in Colne, East Lancashire.

Darvel Music Festival
East Ayrshire, Scotland which is run entirely by volunteers, receives funding from various organisations and sponsors. This year the festival will run from 4th - 6th May includes a blues night on 4th may, featuring Muddy Waters Jr, Hamilton Loomis and Blues n Trouble.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Annual festival runs from the end of July for 10 days with a selection of both free and priced music entertainment, workshops and talks by respected speakers.

Free Arts Festival
Annual festival held during May in Newcastle upon Tyne includes all styles of music and drama.

Gloucester International Rhythm & Blues Festival
28 July - 5 August 2007 held in various indoor and outdoor venues includes various tutorials and workshops - see website for tutorial sign up forms and full festival details.

Harvest Time Blues Festival
1st – 4th September 2017 will be the 21st edition of the festival, a blues festival dedicated to the music that gave birth to rock 'n' roll.

Hertford Music Festival
is an annual month long event hosted in outdoor and indoor venues around the area from April to May with various styles of original/covers major and new acts/bands including Blues. The organisers are currently seeking performers who would like to participate.

International Guitar Festival of Great Britain
annual February festival held in the Wirral, North England

Jumpin Hot Club
Organises live music events and festivals in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Kirkby Blues Festival
Live music in the Midlands

Music for Africa UK
Music for Africa seeks to foster the international language of music within poor communities of South Africa by providing instruments and resources to teach staff in the primary and secondary schools. Various festivals and events are promoted, 1999 saw a blues festival, this year its the turn of jazz and world music at in Montacute, Somerset on July 19th 2003 (tbc)!

Mumbles Mostly Jazz and Blues Festival
Held on 4th - 7th May 2007 in various venues in Swansea, Wales.

Newcastle Jazz Festival
Australian Jazz Club that organises an annual festival.

The Smokie Blues & Jazz Club
Organises live music events in Scotland

Swanage Blues Weekend
This three day event in Swanage, Dorset, includes acoustic room, workshops, jam sessions plus a variety of blues bands in various venues throughout the area.

Tenby Blues Festival
Held for 3 days during November in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, this years event includes Alvin Youngblood Hart, Michael Roach, Otis Grand and many more.

Upton Blues Festival
forthcoming Free Blues Festival in Upton Upon Severn Worcestershire, held in pubs & venues throughout the area. Visit site for artist & venue information.

Wickham Festival
A 4-day live music festival in a stunning rural setting featuring a mix of blues, rock, folk and world music artists. Please see the Festival website for further details. Day & weekend tickets available. Box Office 01329 231942 / 023 8071 1818

International Blues Festivals

Blues at the Crossroads
Annual blues festival held in September at Terre Haute, Indiana, USA.

Blues Passions, Cognac, France
Blues Passions has more than one festival, promoting the Blues and the musics afro-américan with Blues concerts, conferences and exposures throughout the year.

Bronze, Blues and Brews Festival USA
featuring Regional and National blues acts, micro-brews and bronze sculptures in Joseph, Oregon.

Copenhagen Blues Festival
The thirth annual Copenhagen Blues Festival vill take place in clubs in the center of Copenhagen from August 6 - 9, 2003

Coeur d'Alene Blues FestivalPrint
Annual festival held at the The Coeur d'Alene Resort for 3 days at the end of March/beginning of April.

Dallas Blues Festival & Art Fair
Star-studded line-up of world class blues artists and invited visual artists.

in Trnava, Slovakia

East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival
New South Wales Australia

Edmonton Blues Festival
Annual blues festival held over 3 days in Edmonton, Canada

Exit 56 Blues Fest
West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, May 26, 2012. Free Admission. Celebrates the music of blues pioneers Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon and Yank Rachell, all from Brownsville, Tennessee

Fargo Blues Festival USA
this 2-day annual festival held in August has both electric main stage and an acoustic blues stage for a myriad of blues artists plus a R&B gospel show Sunday Morning.

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
Annual festival held in New Brunswick, Canada - enter into the UK battle of the bands Tourism New Brunswick to appear on the bill.

King Biscuit Blues Festival
Annual festival held October in Helena, Arkansas, USA which includes blues, gospel and acoustic stages.

Lite White Legends of Blues Festival, Australia
held annually during the third weekend of January in the heart of the NSW Snowy Mountains, Thredbo Alpine Village. Over 100 Blues artists from Australia and overseas performing in 15 venues throughout the village.

Montreux Jazz Festival
Annual festival held July in Montreux, France includes voice, piano and saxophone competitions.

New England Blues Summit
3 day all inclusive music getawaythat provides lodging, meals and access to ALL N.E. Blues Society events and Summit shows

New York State Rhythm & Blues Festival
Annual event including various blues acts and jam sessions over 3 days in July. Syracuse, NY, USA.

Notodden International Blues Festival
July-August, Notodden, Norway

Open Strings
international guitar festival in Osnabruck, Germany

Port Townsend Country Blues Festival USA
Centrum’s Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop provides an opportunity to hear pre-war classic styles to West African roots.

Regina Blues Festival
Annual blues festival that occurs in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada around beginning of March and lasts 2 or 3 days organised by the Regina Delta Blues Association.

River Front Blues Festival USA
Harry E. Kelly Park, Downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas, Texas. Annual blues festival held this year on 25th & 26th June 2010. Line up includes The Robert Cray Band, Jackie Green, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Roomful of Blues, Curtis Salgado and Eric Lindell.

Rogue Valley Blues Festival
Ashland, Oregon, USA, has a wide variety of music and entertainment.

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
held at Salmon Arm, Shuswap, British Columbia, Canada every August (17th - 19th in 2007) plus events during the year. Three day annual Festival, held the third weekend in August in Central British Columbia, Canada. 60 artists perform on 7 stages (includes a Blues stage). Camping nearby. Family friendly.

San Francisco Blues
The 31st annual festival is to be held on September 27-28, 2003 11a m - 6 pm each day Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco, USA and includes a free waterfront blues concert!

Tampa Bay Blues Festival
3 days of live blues music by the Bay held during April in Florida, USA

The Bluesfest International, Canada
has grown into Canada's premiere blues festival held annually in Ottowa.

The Toyota National Country Music Muster
A week long festival of music every August held at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, Queensland, Australia.

Thunder Bay Blues Festival
This years blues festival is planned for July 4th, 5th and 6th, 2003 at Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Universal Blues Festival, Australia
Held in November in Bridgetown, Western Australia.

Untapped Blues and Brews Festival, USA
showcase event for microbreweries, microbrewed beer, blues music and wonderful food.

Waterfront Blues Festival,
Waterfront Park, Downtown Portland, Oregon, USA.

Wild Hog Music Festival & Motorcycle Rally
Helena, Arkansas April 25, 26 & 27, 2003 featuring John Kay and Steppenwolf.

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
JULY 18, 19, 20, 2003, Winthrop, WA, USA

Woodford Folk Festival, Australia
is an event of international standing held over six days & nights presenting more than 2000 Australian & International performers and 400 events including concerts, workshops, acoustic jams, history forums, late night cabarets and special events including a spectacular fire event.

Blues Festival & Events Listings Sites

These sites provide blues/jazz festival/events/gig listings and search.  Some also have directories for other genres of music. EBC Gig Guide for links to other types of UK Music Festivals and full list of festival listings sites.