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 27th edition of the event takes place from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th March 2017--0.
All sorts of styles are represented such as acoustic, electric, rural and urban blues.
Confirmed so far are:- 3 Buck Shirt, Amy Mayes , Anita Jardine, Back Porch, Backwater Roll Blues Band, BillyBoy Miskimmin's Mercy Lounge, Blue Touch, Buskers, Catfish, Dan Sowerby, Fabulous Fezheads, Garry "The Slideguy" Smith, Great West Groove, Hugh Budden, Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band, LedFree, Lewis Cohen, Mike Ross, Northsyde, Open Mic Sessions hosted by Anita Jardine, Pete Harris and..., Pete Robson, Ray Drury, Riverside Blues Band, Robert Hokum, Robin Bibi Band, Spirit of '62 (Great West Groove), Stan's Blues Jamboree, Steamer, Steve Darrington, Teed Up, The Baroness and The Bear, The Blues Issue, The Blues Machine, The Jawbreakers, The Milk Men, The Mustangs, The RedCrow, The Wang Dang Doodle, Tommy Alllen and..., Voodoo Sheiks, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion.
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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