This festival features several different gigs with acclaimed national and international blues musicians playing at a variety of venues around the picturesque seaside town of Swanage, on the South West coast of England. The 25th edition of the event takes place from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th March 2016.
All sorts of styles are represented such as acoustic, electric, rural and urban blues.
3 Buck Shirt, Anita Jardine, Assorted Buskers, Backwater Roll Blues Band, Blue Touch, C Sharp Blues, Catfish, Dan Sowerby Band, Fabulous Fezheads, Festival Finale, Hugh Budden, Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band, John McClean & The Clan, Kareña K Band, LedFree, Lewis Cohen, Milton-Farrow Skiffle & Blues Band, Mungo Jerry, Northsyde, Open Mic Sessions hosted by Anita Jardine, Pete Christie, Pete Harris R & B All Stars, Red Butler, Riverside Blues Band, Robert Hokum, Robin Bibi Band, Sam Paine Trio, Stan's Blues Jamboree, Steve Darrington, The Baroness and The Bear, The Blues Duo - Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt, The Blues Issue, The Blues Machine, The Jawbreakers, The Milk Men, The Mustangs, The RedCrow, The Riotous Brothers, Tommy Allen’s Trafficker, Voodoo Sheiks, Will Killeen, and Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion. With more acts to be announced.
There will be 30+ acts playing more than 60 gigs in 15 indoor venues, all with free admission.
There are open mic sessions every afternoon and usually a Blues Steam Train ride plus dancers, street musicians, jam sessions (Saturday and Sunday), buskers, Gospel Service, and workshops.
Organisers have had to discontinue the bucket collections due to problems with red tape, health & safety and insurance issues... so they are selling weekend wristbands instead as a pledge and a symbol of the attendees commitment these are priced at £10 for a weekend wristband.
Purchase of weekend wristbands is not compulsory although admission to each venue is at the discretion of the management and some venues may require wristbands to be worn.
Accommodation is available from around £20 per person per night in the town itself.
More information will be here when available.
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