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Welcome to the Dereham Blues festival

The heart of the blues in the heart of Norfolk

Applications to play at the 2022 festival are now open! 

Covid has been tough for everyone, but especially so for bands. No venues to play and little or no chance to meet up for much of the time even to rehearse and develop new material. This is all changing now and we especially want to hear again from regular Festival acts and new artists and bands wanting to play at next year’s festival.

The “Wannaplay” page is the place to go 
so get your applications in as soon as you can.

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 busy making plans to bring the festival back better than ever in 2022!

Put the dates 6th to the 10th of July 2022 in your diary straight away! We are so looking forward to getting back on the blues festival machine again.

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

Latest News

We're Back!

After the upsetting events of the last 2 years, and the immense disappointment we all felt in having to cancel the 2020 and 2021 concerts due to the pandemic, we are overjoyed to announce that the festival is back for 2022. Although we have lost a couple of venues through closure, we have already got some new ones on board, and we are now gearing up to make the 2022 festival the best one yet!

So put the 6th to 10th July 2022 in your diary, and get ready for much more than 12 bars of blues!

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