The Upton Blues Festival is an annual celebration of Blues Music that takes place in the town of Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire with 3 official stages throughout the town and other separate pub locations.
The 2017 Upton Blues festival will be held over the 3 day festival weekend Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July.
Booked so far are: Connie Lush; Hamilton Loomis; Elles Bailey; Tipitina; Babajack; Mumbo Jumbo; Sam Green and the Midnight Heist; Steve Ajao Blues Giants; The Norman Beaker Band; Trafficker; The Folly Brothers; Ruby and the Revelators; Laura Holland; Official Receivers; The Reelers; Benny Gallagher; Rich Somers; The Swaps; Birmingham Community Gospel Choir; The Gumbo Shakers; Debbie Bond; Catfish; Emma Jonson; Mike Francis; Roy Mette.
The organisers try to bring a mix of all styles of blues music, along with a range of well-known artists through to new and upcoming bands with the action switching between the main Riverside, Sports Field and Hobson's Acoustic stage areas and with a variety of bands spanning the musical spectrum - from Rhythm and Blues to Soul, from Rock n' Roll to Bluegrass.
The festival also caters for music workshops, where the different styles, instruments and voices are open for discussion and demonstration. There's also music in venues mainly based in the pubs in the town, as well as open-air venues.
Attendees are welcome to camp and make the most of a weekend of music from blues rock to bluegrass, country blues to New Orleans, acoustic to soul and gospel.
The festival which is self funded through a combination of camping, festival merchandising and local business sponsorship and advertising attracts 1000's of people into the shops & pubs of Upton over the festival weekend, promoting both the town and local area whilst providing a weekend of free entertainment.
The camping is very important to the festival as, without the revenue it generates there would be no festival. Prices for camping are £40 for Thursday to Monday, £30 for Friday to Monday, and £25 for Saturday until Monday. Campsite opens 11am Thursday 20th July.
This year there will be a new acoustic stage and bar in the campsite for campers only. They are taking applications from people with camping tickets to play the Camp Site Stage.
The Upton Blues Festival is now a Registered Charity which recognises the not-for-profit nature of the event, its volunteer committee and brings a number of other benefits.
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