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Welcome to the Dereham Blues festival

The heart of the blues in the heart of Norfolk


A warm welcome for regular fans and newcomers alike, to the Dereham Blues festival Website, showcasing 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.

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 & 21 forced the first cancellations in the festival's history, but we are already busy making plans to bring the festival back better than ever in 2022!

The position regarding hospitality venues and live music events next summer is impossible to determine at the moment; depending on national & local safety guidelines in force at the time, we may have to present a different format of event, but be assured, it will always be something not to be missed for lovers of live blues music. As the situation, and our plans evolve, check back here to keep abreast of developments

Each year we select around 50 acts out of up to 150 applications from all over the country (always with a strong contingent of acts from Norfolk) to perform at free gigs at venues throughout the town. 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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Festival cancellation

It is with a heavy heart and great regret that the Dereham Blues Festival committee can confirm that this year's festival will not be going ahead due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Please do be assured that we will be back bigger and better next year with a 2022 festival not to be forgetten!

In the mean time, please stay safe & cheerful, follow the Government guidelines and look after one another. With love & best wishes from the festival committee.

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