Venues & Festivals

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UK and IRELAND

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AVON

The Bunch Of Grapes, Bristol - Keeping music live at The Blues Club

BEDFORDSHIRE

Northill Blues Festival - beer, food and blues, in a field, on a summer's day

BERKSHIRE

Arlington Arts Centre - great venue in Newbury
Jagz - Ascot club/bar/restaurant, stages the best in all forms of jazz & blues
Rose and Crown, Sandhurst - real ale, real music, real food

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Blues at The Stables - September Blues Festival in Milton Keynes
The Crown, Leyhill

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Blueszone - blues club in Barrington, Cambridgeshire
Charters Late Night Live: Blues On The Boat - Peterborough

CHESHIRE

Telford's Warehouse, Chester - Good food, good wine and fine music
Warrington Rhythm & Blues Club

CORNWALL

Blues On The Beach - in Newquay

COUNTY DURHAM

Darlington R&B Club - Live blues and rock bands
Stanley Blues Festival

CUMBRIA

Appleby Beer and Blues Festival
The Brickyard - Carlisle's live music venue, real beer - real music!
Carlisle Blues Festival - premier north-west blues fest
High Cross Inn - Broughton in Furness
Maryport Blues Festival - ultimate blues in the Lake District

DERBYSHIRE

The Moon and Sixpence, Glossop - Top-flight live music
Clowne Rock & Blues Club - Chesterfield

DEVON

The B-Bar - Music bar at the Barbican, Plymouth
Otterton Mill - a working mill with restaurant, bakery and gallery and live music throughout the year!

DORSET

Barrelhouse Blues Club - at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
Blues Nights at the Dorchester Arts Centre
Mr Kyps - Poole's premier live music venue, all genres
Swanage Blues Weekend

EIRE

Harvest Time - blues festival in Co. Monaghan
Lee Delta Blues Club
- the best in blues from Cork
Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Festival - Co. Donegal
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival - in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

ESSEX

Alter States - regularly held at The Bassment Club, Chelmsford - Blues, Americana, Roots and Folk
Blues At The Farm in Billericay
Music at Marigolds - jazz and blues at Harlow Cricket Club
The New Crawdaddy Club at the Belvedere, Billericay
The Retreat at Bocking,  the best in blues
Riga Music Bar - Southend's premier live music venue
Seaxe Bar - Blues, Country and Roots regularly at The Essex Arms, Brentwood

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

The Blue Front Blues Room in the Forest of Dean
Cheltenham International Jazz Festival
International Gloucester Blues & Heritage Festival - Hard-hitting blues
Tubby Blues Club - in Cheltenham, raising money for the renal unit of the Royal Gloucestershire Hospital

HAMPSHIRE

Basingstoke Blues Club - great blues at the Moose Centre
Bentworth Blues - at The Star Inn, Alton
Blues At The Fort - live blues, real ale and food, Fort Purbrook
The Boarhunt Blues Club - fine venue, north of Portsmouth
The Brook and Talking Heads - Southampton venues
Bullfrog Blues Club - South Parade Pier, Southsea
Forest Arts - blues and more besides, New Milton
The Joiners, Southampton - Quality blues and roots
The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth
Blues Night at the Stokes Bay Festival, Gosport

HEREFORDSHIRE

Linton Festival - 3 day International Blues Festival

HERTFORDSHIRE

Half Moon, Bishops Stortford - Blues Alive
Rocking The Blues - Annual blues festival in Tring

ISLE OF MAN

Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival - Laxey, Isle Of Man: electric, roots, acoustic, eclectic!

KENT

Bottleneck Blues Club - world class music at fine venues
Roots, jazz & blues at The Poacher, Tudeley, near Tunbridge Wells

LANCASHIRE

Burnley Blues Festival - the blues is back in Burnley
Colne - The great British R&B festival
The Kite Club - A haven for blues aficionados in Blackpool
Tower Blues - live blues in Blackpool and the surrounding area

LEICESTERSHIRE

Blues Festival, Leicester - international artists, lots of great stuff
The Musician - fillin' yer boots with roots in Leicester

LINCOLNSHIRE

Drayman's Arms - Spalding - fine beer, excellent food, outstanding live music
Fizgig guide - a welcome to blues in Lincolnshire
Spalding Blues Club - at the Red Lion Hotel

LONDON

The 100 Club - official website
606 Club - live jazz and blues seven nights a week in Chelsea
Abbeyfest in South London
Ain't Nothin' But - Live blues in London seven nights a week
Bluescene - live at The Lion, Teddington
Blues Move at Charlie's - blues gigs above Charlie Chaplin's pub, Elephant and Castle, SE1
Borderline - all music genres in the heart of Soho
Brook's Blues Bar - at Jazz Café at Posk, The Polish Social & Cultural Association, 238-246 King Street, London W6
Coach & Horses - blues jam every Wednesday from 8:30pm in Leyton, E10
Eel Pie Club - at The Cabbage Patch pub, Twickenham
The Globe, Brentford – OK it’s your round, get em in
The London Guitar Festival
Blues jam session and gigs at The New Cross Inn
Ronnie Scott's - home of the best live jazz in London - one of the world's premier jazz venues
The Silver Bullet - blus and jazz jam nights in Finsbury Park
The Station Tavern - will it ever return? London's finest blues venue
The Troubador - blues in Earl's Court, London

MERSEYSIDE

International Guitar Festival of Great Britain

NORTHERN IRELAND

Blues on the Bay Festival - Warrenpoint

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Wilbarston - the blues/rock venue: Market Harborough/Corby

NORTHUMBERLAND

Bubbles - the original Cellar Club from the sixties in Ashington. Great local bands.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

The Running Horse - Nottingham's answer to the House Of Blues!

OXFORDSHIRE

Live music at the Brasenose Arms, Cropredy
The Famous Monday Blues at the Bullingdon, Cowley Road, Oxford
Oxford Blues - cornucopia of blues gigs
The Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival - bringing you the best of British blues

SCOTLAND

Dundee Blues Bonanza -   flying the flag for Scotland's blues scene
The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - one of the country's premier events
The Ferry in Glasgow - home of the Blues on the River Festival
The Nairn International Jazz Festival
Orkney Blues Festival - Rollin' in the Isles!
Smokie Blues - dedicated to making Arbroath a centre of note for live blues
The Thornhill Blues Festival - in the Bailey Hall of the Wallace Hall academy, Dumfries & Galloway
Ullapool Guitar Festival - in the north west of Scotland

SHROPSHIRE

The Ironworks - music, theatre and arts venue in Oswestry

STAFFORDSHIRE

The Acoustic Festival of Britain - all genres, in Catton Hall Park
Lichfield Arts - live jazz and blues every Friday at Lichfield Garrick

SUFOLK

Milkmaid Blues Club - The second Friday of the month. House band and Guest Act/Band

SURREY

Beepy’s, Lakeside, Frimley Green - top-class blues and R&B gigs
Boaters Blues - The best in blues & roots at this beautiful riverside location in Kingston
Cellar Bar Blues - Farnham Maltings, Farnham - blues & boogie
Eclectic Live Music - at the Cranleigh Arts Centre and Chiddingfold Music Club
Mama K's - Friday jam nights in Croydon
The Mariners, Frensham - best of acoustic blues
Roots, jazz and blues every Sunday at The Ostrich, Colnbrook, near Staines
The Willoughby Arms - Norbiton, early home of Clapton and Beck!
Windlesham Live, Surrey
Worcester Park Club, Surrey

SUSSEX

Blues On The Farm - Pump Bottom Farm, near Chichester
Crawley Blues Club - if you like the blues, this is the place to be
The Greys - Brighton's finest (smallest?) acoustic roots music venue
The Ranelagh Arms - Brighton's finest small blues venue
The Neptune - compact and bijou music bar in Hove

TEESSIDE

Blues at the Bay - the Cleveland Bay, Stockton-On-Tees

WALES

Blossoms Blues Festival - Aberystwyth
Blues Dragon Club
- leading blues venue in Cardiff
Brecon Jazz Festival - Fine jazz and blues in Wales
Goin' Up The Country - formerly Hooker Blues Club
The MS1 Club - Cardiff's premier full-on rock 'n' roll venue!
Mumbles Mostly Jazz And Blues - on the Gower Peninsula
Pembrokeshire Jazz 'n Blues Festival - Annual August Bank Holiday Festival in and around Fishguard
Tawe Delta Blues Club - home of the blues in Swansea
Tenby Blues Festival - well established annual festival in the south-west

WEST MIDLANDS

Crossroads Blues Club - every Thursday at the Tower of Song, Cotteridge, Birmingham
The Roadhouse Venue - the best little gig in Birmingham
The Robin 2, Bilston - "the Midlands best live music venue"
Sutton Blues Collective - monthly blues club in the West Midlands: jams, special guests

WORCESTERSHIRE

Upton Blues Festival - free, in the pubs of Upton upon Severn

YORKSHIRE

Deep Blues Club - bringing the best in blues to York
Guisborough R&B Club - official web site
Halifax Blues in the heart of West Yorkshire
Howden Live - volunteer-run, charity registered, organisation "enjoying live entertainment in the company of others"
Keighley Blues Club - Worth Valley's original blues venue
Join JB's at The Limetree Festival - Grewelthorpe, near Ripon
Ripley Blues - built in 1854, it has taken a while for the Town Hall to boogie but in 1999 it discovered the blues!
Rudi's Blues Cafe, Sheffield - South Yorkshire's finest blues venue

VENUES OUTSIDE THE UK


EUROPE

The Banana Peel Club in Ruiselede, Belgium
Benalmádena Blues Festival - near Malaga, Spain
Blues at Bardies - a weekend of music and fun in the foothills of the Pyrenees
Blues Sur Seine - THE blues festival in the Paris area
Castel San Pietro Blues Festival, Italy
Cognac cité du blues - en Francais!
Coin Acoustic Blues Festival - Malaga, Spain
Dobrofest in Trnava, Slovakia
Eslöv Blues Festival - in southern Sweden less than one hour from Copenhagen
Estafette - Blues festival in Utrecht, Holland
Harelbeke - Belgian R&B festival
Lillehammer Music - blues, rock and country festivals in Norway
Lucerne Blues Festival, Switzerland. The blues is back in town!
Maxwell Cafe - home of blues in Neuilly, France
Mijas Blues Festival - held in a mountainside village near Malaga, Spain
Mojo Blues Bar, Copenhagen and the Copenhagen Blues Festival
Notodden Blues Festival, Norway
Ole Blues festival in Bergen, Norway
Open Strings international guitar festival in Osnabruck, Germany
Patersdreef Free Festival - Tielt, Belgium
The Poretta Soul Festival, Bologna, Italy - a tribute to the memory of Otis Redding and more..
Schleswig-Holstein Blues Festival,  Northern Germany
The 'Thanks Jimi' Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, plus an attempt on the Largest Guitar Orchestra world record!

USA - CANADA

Banks Street Bar - New Orleans haunt of blues legends Bryan Lee and Walter 'Wolfman' Washington
Biscuits and Blues - hot biscuits and cool blues in San Francisco
B.L.U.E.S. - Chicago shotgun blues bar
Bluesapalooza Festival in Covina, California
The Blue Cafe - venue in Long Beach, California
Blue Chicago - Clubs and gigs in Chicago, store and gallery
Blues Blast - Escape the cold weather in Arizona - Phoenix Blues Society
Boom Boom Room, John Lee Hooker's San Francisco home of blues and boogie
Bubba Mac Shack - barbeque, seafood and blues in New Jersey
Buddy Guy's Legends - pride of Chicago online
Budweiser Lowcountry Blues Bash - great annual blues festival (since 1991) in Charleston, South Carolina
The Bunkhouse Saloon - Las Vegas
Cafe Boogaloo, Hermosa Beach, California
The Cantab Lounge - Boston
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival - excellent downhome club crawl (since 1997) in Camden, South Carolina
Catalina Island Blues Festival
Darwin's, Marietta, Georgia - 'Where great blues evolves'
Donna's Bar And Grill - brass band headquarters in New Orleans
French Quarter Festivals - showcasing New Orleans culture and heritage for 20 years
Grand Emporium - Kansas City's top live blues venue
Ground Zero Blues Club - Clarksdale, Mississippi
"Enter The Night" at Harvelle's, Santa Monica, Los Angeles
House Of Blues - Concerts, blues clubs and cybercasts
Inn on the Blues - On the coast of Maine at York Beach
JJ's Blues Bar - 20 years of the blues in Fort Worth, Texas
King Biscuit Fest - Premier event in Helena, Arkansas
Kingston Mines - Chicago's oldest and largest blues club
Lou's Pier 47 - Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
Madam's Organ - blues bar and soul food, Washington DC
The Maple Leaf Bar - famous New Orleans venue
Memphis In May - a month-long celebration highlighting the indigenous charms of Memphis!
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - the best, this and every year
New Orleans' famous Rock And Bowl
Roque's Blues Hall - Natchitoches, Louisiana - the best juke joint/blues bar in the South
Rosa's Lounge - friendly Chicago blues hang-out
Sand Dollar Blues - Las Vegas
The Saloon - San Francisco
Sarasota Blues Festival
The Slippery Noodle Inn - live blues in downtown Indianapolis
Southside Shuffle - on the banks of Lake Ontario, Canada
Tampa Bay Blues Fest - Florida
Terra Blues - Manhattan's finest
Tipitina's is THE New Orleans music venue
Vic's Kangaroo Cafe - A taste of Down Under in New Orleans?
White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival - New Hampshire
Yoshi's Jazz Club (and Japanese restaurant!) - Oakland and San Francisco
The Zoo Bar, Lincoln, Nebraska - Everybody's rockin'

ASIA - PACIFIC - AUSTRALASIA

The Bay of Islands Blues Festival - New Zealand
Bay Of Plenty Blues Club - Rotorua, New Zealand
The Great Southern Blues & Rockabilly Festival
- Narooma, NSW, Australia
Sydney Blues Festival - Australia

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