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Well, the chaps at Solid Entertainment and really jumping the gun here;

12th May - Lincoln (Drill Hall) & 13th May - Harpenden (Public Halls)

Headliners to be announced; Aynsley Lister; Simon McBride; Elles Bailey; Connor Selby Band;
Luke Doherty Band & Deep Blue Sea

Think early bird tickets are available already; £25 for Lincoln; £22, Harpenden.

     

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Getting in early:-

The Great British Rock & Blues Festival

Friday Jan 19th - Monday Jan 22nd - Butlins, Skegness, Lincs.

Rock Stage:-
Roger Chapman; Nazareth; Atomic Rooster; Frankie Miller’s Full House; Dare; Stray; Bernie Marsden
Screaming Eagles; Billy Walton Band; Xander And The Peace Pirates; Chantel McGregor; Edgar Broughton

Blues Stage
Lucky Peterson; Dr Feelgood; Jo Harman; Earl Thomas; Alvin Youngblood Hart;
Sari Schorr & The Engine Room; Rebecca Downes; Rob Tognoni; Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado; Connie Lush; Slack Alice

Introducing Stage
Southbound; The Tom Walker Trio; Greg Coulson; Saliichi Sugiyama Band; The Mike Ross Band; Thr3e;
Deep Blue Sea (formerly Little Devils); Joe Anderton Band; Storm Warning; Yoka And The Sugarbeats;
Ryk Mead Band; The Blues Issue; Stan; Andy Power Band; The Wilbur Project

Blues Matters! Stage
The Robin Bibi Band; Jack Hutchinson Boom Boom Brotherhood; Rainbreakers; Roadhhouse Jam;
Matt Edwards Band; Troy Redfern Band; Ash Wilson; Al Hughes; Benjamin Bassford; Backwater Roll;
James O’Hara; Elles Bailey

 

     

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Bowness Bay Blues 2018
(various venues in Bowness-on-Windemere)
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th March 2018

Friday 23th:-
Stoney Broke
C Sharpe Band
Red Butler
Ben Poole

Saturday 24th:-
George Shovlin
Dean Newton
Gerry Jablonski
Elderly Brothers
Redfish
Ian Siegal
Sparky & The Wailer
Snakewater
Secure Unit
The Jar Family

Sunday 25th:-
Paolo Morena
The Sean Webster Band
Aynsley Lister
Mark Pontin Group
Gus Munro

For more details - http://www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/

 

 

     

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Not quite as cloak-and-dagger as the folks who do Scarborough’s Blues Festival (16th-18th March 2018), but a dossier has been leaked about Carlisle’s Blues Rock Festival 2018 - September 28 & 29th..
Names already in the frame include: Ian Siegal, Thorbjorn Risager & Black Tornado; The Stumble & Rainbreakers….

     

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This Is Tomorrow

New festival comes to Newcastle in 2018! 
Catfish and the Bottlemen (NOT to be confused with Blues band Catfish) have been revealed as headliners of a new music festival, This Is Tomorrow, set to launch on the banks of the River Tyne in May 2018.

Taking place next to Spillers on Newcastle’s Quayside, BRIT Award winners Catfish and the Bottlemen will play on Friday 25 May 2018 together with North East indie stalwarts Little Comets, Newcastle born singer-songwriter sensation Sam Fender, as well as innovative alt-pop band Everything Everything.

This Is Tomorrow was born out of the cutting edge legacy of ‘Father of Pop Art’ Richard Hamilton and his vision of pushing the boundaries of what is expected. This brand new music festival is planting its roots in Newcastle with an ethos of experimentation, daring and down right defiance of the norm.

     

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So far, my fests penciled in for next year, are (in the order they enter my head) Skeggy, Maryport, Bowness, HRH and Carlisle Gonna need some new shirts!

     
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I’ll try to get this up-to-date with January/February 2018 before the Christmas break. Was thinking that it was looking like Durham may not be happening in June as Solid Ents usually have the early bird offer on by now (despite limited line-up info).
However, I notice that Cleethorpes on June 16th is starting to build with the Danny Bryant Big Band and Paul Lamb & The King Snakes being the first names announced. With Pleasure Island apparently having closed at the end of the holiday season, the new venue in town is the Moon On The Water..

It appears from the website that the Cleethorpes Festival will be paired with Stamford (June 17th) at least for 2018.

Line-up for the 2 looks like:-
Danny Bryant Big Band
Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes
Ken Pustelnik’s Groundhogs
Felix Rabin
Rik Mead Band
Brian Rawson Band

     

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10th - 11th February 2018

Mahindra Blues Festival
Mehboob Studio, Mumbai

John Mayall
Coco Montoya
Walter Wolfman & The Roadmassters
Layla Zoe
Blackstratblues

 

 

 

     

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Another new one for the North East:-

Kubix Festival - Herrington Park; Sunderland Aug 11/12th


Kubix Festival is a new major two-day music event coming to the North-East in 2018. The Saturday event (August 11) brings some of the biggest and best talent from the classic Alternative and Indie scenes to Herrington Country Park, Sunderland.

Prepare to hear some of the greatest songs of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s - with performances from The Boomtown Rats, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Peter Hook and the Light, The Undertones, The Blockheads and more to be announced.

For Teenage Kicks, get your early bird tickets now!

     

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HOLD THE BUS!!!!!

Update from those nice folks at Solid Entertainment.

In 2018
The Durham Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival
Is moving to a new venue.

“In its 8th year, we wanted to be in a position to accommodate a larger audience for the North East’s largest Blues Festival”, so it will now take place at

Rainton Meadow Arena
(6 miles from Durham City Centre Rainton Meadows, Mercantile Rd, Houghton le Spring DH4 5PH)
on
Saturday June 23rd 2pm - 10pm

Acts to be announced shortly

Early Bird tickets at £26;  Limited number for a limited time.
http://www.durhambluesfestival.co.uk
http://www.solidentertainments.com

Edit 13/3:-  Headliner - Climax Blues Band; Chantel McGregor; Laurence Jones; Groundhogs; Stevie Nimmo Trio; Felix Rabin; Kris Barras Band

     

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Solid Entertainment’s Whitby Blues Festival & Clitheroe Festival

13th October - Whitby Pavillion: 14th October - Clitheroe Grand

Line-up:-
Corky Laing plays Mountain
Chantel McGregor
Stevie Nimmo Trio
Zoe Schwarz Blues Commotion
Southbound
Catfish

     

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Just for info; the Solid Entertainments Ilfracombe Blues Weekender for 2018 ( 9th, 10 & 11th Nov) is moving 17 miles down the road to Bude.The venue will now be the Bude Penstowe Manor Resort.

Complete with 2 bars; restaurant, Take-away; indoor pool and gymnasium; coffee shop and amusement room(?)... classy.

Acts to be announced; but so far:-

Friday: - Focus; Aynsley Lister; John Verity Band; Storm Warning; Federal Charm; Chris King Robinson

Sat:- Thorbjorn Risager & Black Tornado; Grianne Duffy; Steve Hill; Luke Doherty Band;
Connor Selby Band; Born Healer

Sun:- Wishbone Ash; Chantel McGregor; Erja Lyytinen; Billy Walton Band;
Lightnin’ Willie & The Poor Boys; Zoe Green Band.

     

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1 - 4th March 2018

18th Swanage Blues Festival

Andy Twyman; Anita Jardine; Back Porch; backwater Roll Blues Band; Blue Touch; Catfish; Chicago 9; 
Dawg n Bonez; Fabulous Duck Bros; Fabulous Fezheads; Great West Groove; Hugh Budden;
John McLean & The Clan; LedFree; Lewis Cohen; Little Steam; Mack feat. Tommy Hare; Northsyde;
Pete Christie; Pete Harris; Ray Drury; Red River Hogs; Riverside Blues Band; Robert Hokum;
Robin Bibi; Steamer; Teed Up; The Baroness & the Bear; The Jawbreakers; The Milkmen; The Mustangs;
The Red Crow; Tiny Tina Turner Band; Tommy Allen; Voodoo Sheiks; Zoe Schwarz.

http://www.swanage-blues.org/


16th - 25th March

23rd FESTIVAL LE BLUES AUTOUR DU ZINC;  BEAUVAIS

General Elektriks; Marcus King Band; Gunwood; The Excitements; DeRobert & The Half-Truths; Jo Harman;
Elles Bailey; Grianne Duffy; Kaz Hawkins; Hannah Wiliams & The Affirmations; Wille & The Bandits;

http://www.zincblues.com/?lang=en

 

 

 

     

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Linton Festival; Alma Inn, Ross-on-Wye; July 7 & 8th is looking very tasty so far:-

7th:- Big Country; Sari Schorr & the Engine Room; Deborah Bonham; Marcus Malone; Kyla Brox; Starlite Campbell Band.

8th:- Davy Knowles; Dr Feelgood; LaVendore Rogue; Babajack; Catfish.

     

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Shildonbury - Party In The Park 2018

Timothy Hackworth Park - Shildon   May 27th

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers; The Revolutionaires; Skamania; Smokin’ Spitfires Soul Band;
Slade UK; The Thieves;


Okay, so only a couple of bands of more than passing interest, but it is a bit of Bank Holiday fun; this year brought forward from it’s usual August timing. And, it’s in my neighbourhood, so if I’m around maybe I’ll mosey by.
Tickets £16 advance, £20 on the gate….
http://www.shildonbury.co.uk/home/4584983379

     

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Here’s another new one for us folks up’t North:-

22-23rd June - Northern Kin Festival
Castle Park, Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 2LU

What an inaugural line-up:-
22nd - Wilko Johnson; Nine Below Zero; Russ Tippins Electric Band; Driven Serious;

23rd - Lindisfarne; Ferocious Dog; Red Hot Chilli Pipers; Martin Barre; TRADarrr;
      Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra; Paul Rose & Paul Rose Band + 2 tbc…..

http://www.northernkinfestival.co.uk/line-up/4594134033

     

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