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Welcome to the Dereham Blues festival

The heart of the blues in the heart of Norfolk


Wanna see who's appearing? Checkout:
Mike Sanchez & The Portions
When Rivers Meet


The Dereham Blues Festival is pleased to announce the opening concert line-up for 2020

Headlining is Mike Sanchez, world renowned boogie-woogie & rhythm & blues star who has played with Robert Plant, Bill Wyman (as a member of The Rhythm Kings) & Imelda May amongst others. He appears with his band The Portions and will be supported by 2019 festival favourites When Rivers Meet.

A warm welcome for regular fans and newcomers alike, to the annual celebration of great blues music held in the historical town of Dereham in mid-Norfolk during July each year. We are immensely proud to have become established as a 'must do' festival on the national blues circuit.

Each year we vet over 120 bands and artists from all over the country, with a strong contingent of acts from Norfolk, reflecting the very strong class of blues musicianship locally. Over a dozen pubs, bars, hotels and clubs in the town fund all the festival bands, so that you, our visitors, get to enjoy nearly 50 top class live blues acts totally free of charge.

The acts have been chosen for their quality, and to showcase a broad range of blues styles, from laid back and mellow, through sassy swing, Chicago and Texas rock to all-out high octane driving rhythm with edgy riffs, all 100% live, 100% free* and 100% enjoyment.

*Except for the Wednesday night headline opener

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2020 Headline Acts Announced

Preparations are in full swing for the 2020 Dereham Blues Festival, which is promising to be the biggest and best so far! This year's headline act will be the very accomplished and super-talented boogie-woogie rhythm and blues star Mike Sanchez, performing with his band The Portions. 

Mike Sanchez
Mike Sanchez.  © 2020 Rich Ward,

Sanchez can count superstars such as Imelda May, Robert Plant and Bill Wyman amongst his friends, spending four years playing with the latter in his 'Rhythm Kings' group alongside previous Dereham Blues Festival headliners Andy Fairweather-Low and Georgie Fame. With a fantastic track record of performing with some of the greatest blues and rock stars, Mike is a huge catch for the 2020 festival.

Sanchez will be supported by When Rivers Meet, a talented blues and roots rock duo consisting of Aaron and Grace Bond from Essex.

The festival opening concert, organised by the Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall, will be held at Dereham Memorial Hall on Wednesday 8th July. Tickets will be on sale from the end of January at

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