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SO WHY THE BLUES & WHY DEREHAM?
Blues is a broad based music genre, rooted deep in the social fabric of today's society and has given rise to some of the most popular forms of music we know today! Geographically smack in the centre of Norfolk, Dereham is often referred to as the 'Heart of Norfolk' and the Dereham Blues Festival is all set to supply the 'Beat'!
With top blues bands from all over the UK, sponsored by the venues, festival goers can enjoy free access to a truly wide range of styles delivered by talented musicians. On offer will be a whole mess o' blues from Mississippi swamp through to R&B, from the Chicago blues of Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters to Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan right up to the funky, verging on jazz. There really is something for everyone!
The Dereham Blues Festival is a must for all music lovers and we look forward to welcoming you to the only Festival in the UK that can boast literally 'More than Twelve Bars of Blues' .
STOP PRESS: FESTIVAL NEWS
HEADLINE ACT ANNOUNCED
Tickets on sale from 9am 17th March 2016
This year our act really has got the feelgood factor! We're pleased to announce that we have secured the internationally renowned blues act DR FEELGOOD as our opening artists, to kick off the festival in true style this year. Organised by Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall (FoDMH) who we are pleased to welcome on board the growing platform of Festival supporters.
Dr Feelgood have notched up 15 years and over 1,800 gigs together with the current line-up. The journey continues for one of Britain’s most enduring, and best loved R&B band, who continue to enthral audiences across the world with the kind of "no-nonsense" live energy that first endeared Dr. Feelgood to a generation of music fans over thirty five years ago.
For operational reasons the support act for Dr. Feelgood's opening concert has had to be changed. Rebecca Downes has now been booked to support Dr. Feelgood.
Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance. Rebecca, backed by a great band, is going places in 2016.
This fabulous concert line-up will play at the Dereham Memorial Hall on Thursday 7th July at 19:30 (doors 19:00).
FoDMH Tickets will go on sale on 17th March. CLICK HERE for direct link when live
THE BLUES ARE COMING!
Things are hotting up here at DBF headquarters as we prepare for what we believe is going to be a fantastic festival! Check out what we've got in store for you...
We've got some great bands lined-up and ready to slot into the programme. And with more being confirmed all the time, we're sure this year is going to be the best yet!
Check out who's playing here.
Dereham will be bustling with some of the finest blues artists from the UK and beyond descending on the Norfolk market town. Our 'twelve bars o' blues' are all set and raring to go, and we're excited to announce a couple of new places to add to the list! With buskers rocking on the town's streets and the Heartland Delta Choir singing the blues across the market place, for one weekend only, Dereham really will be a whole mess 'o blues!
Information on where you can see the finest blues acts from across the country can be found here.
We have a fantastic line-up for the 2016 Blues Festival. Get your programme from one of our venues or at the festival tent in the marketplace on Friday 8th July. Check the 'timetable of events' here on the website for last minute changes.
The Mid-Norfolk Railway will run a dedicated train service for the weekend including a reduced rate late night trains to/from Wymondham and our local stations at Yaxham, Thuxton & Kimberley Park so visitors and local people can travel to/from the festival on Friday & Saturday night. See the timetable here.