We promised the biggest and best yet, and from what the venues, bands and most importantly, the visitors are telling us, we delivered.
But the festival would be nothing without those venues, bands, the people of Dereham and you the audience, so massive thanks to you all. We have put together a short review of the festival here; hopefully it will bring back some happy memories of those gloriously sunny 5 days in July 2022 when Dereham rocked to the blues.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2023. Stay well, love and best wishes from the Dereham Blues Festival Committee.
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 bringing the festival back better than ever in 2022!
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
To celebrate the return of the festival after 2 years forced absence, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of this year's limited edition T-shirts.
Available for the first time in purple as well as black, and printed with the festival poster on the front and a 'tour itinerary' featuring all this year's venues on the back, these are a true 'hot ticket' item, so grab yours now while they still available!
See all our available merch here.