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DC's Bar

A great friendly fun bar. This is an upstairs bar with a tardis-like feel as it's much bigger inside than it appears on the outside, providing plenty of room for folk who like to express their enjoyment of live blues through dance!

A popular and very central venue right by Dereham Market Place memorial. Nearest car park is the main Cherry Tree car park with free parking all day.

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Hot Cold Ground

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Gin City

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Groove Hounds

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Jamie Roe Band

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Hot Tramp

Sun 2:00~4:00pm
D C Wilson Band

Dereham Cricket Club

This is a brand new venue for the Blues Festival this year and we are excited to announce that the cricket club will be serving up a barbecue on the Friday evening with live music from 8.30pm from the fantastic Mr Robin Bibi and his band. The cricket club is based in a lovely setting off the Norwich Road, next to the fire station, just 350 metres from the level crossing. There is a small amount of parking in the access lane, but if you bring a car you may have to find parking on nearby streets. There is a ramp giving access for wheelchair users into the club-house and bar, but the live music event and barbecue will be outside, weather permitting.

The Cricket Club is on Norwich Road, next to the Fire Station (NR20 3AS).

Fri 8:30~11:00pm
Robin Bibi Band

Dereham Memorial Hall

Dereham Memorial Hall is rapidly becoming established as the major venue for a whole range of arts and entertainment events in central Norfolk! From meditation workshops to music and dance classes, the refurbished main hall is also a great venue for an extensive all year round programme of  theatre, music and family entertainment. The Memorial Hall has wheelchair access. 

‚ÄčThis year the Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall will once again host the opening concert with the shining new star of Texas Blues, Hamilton Loomis on Wednesday 10th July 2019. Tickets for this opening concert, including Ron Sayer and the Shunters in support, are £20 each, selling fast and available from this link. Don't miss out on your chance to catch this amazing up and coming talent of the American Blues scene on one of his very few concerts in the UK this year.

Wed 6:30~7:15pm
Rockavox

Wed 7:30~8:15pm
Ron Sayer & the Shunters

Wed 8:30~10:30pm
Hamilton Loomis

Lou's Juke Joint

Deep in the heart of Dereham, at the crossroads of the Norfolk blues delta, 'Lou's Juke Joint' evokes the kinda barrelhouse, honky tonk you'd find in a town deep in the Mississippi Delta.

Hosted by Lou's Connections (including original artwork by Peter Shrank and Doreen Aitkin), 'Lou's Juke Joint' takes over the Metro for one day to bring y'all the finest acoustic blues that the Dereham Blues Festival has to offer.

Sat 12:45~1:30pm
Lou's Connections

Sat 1:45~2:45pm
Rough'n'Ready

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Stoney Broke

Sat 4:15~5:15pm
Martin McNeill

Sat 5:30~6:30pm
Pistol Pete Wearn

Sat 6:45~7:45pm
Dave Ferra

Sat 8:00~9:00pm
Lou's Connections

Mid Norfolk Railway

What... a station? Yes, with a difference. The imaginative hard working team have built up this popular tourist attraction from a derelict Beeching casualty. They are frequent hosts to jazz events on the trains and on the platform and have hosted theatrical productions. They have hosted every year of the festival providing a  chance to experience blues in an exciting and  unique environment. Ample parking and a licensed event cafe serving snacks makes this a popular destination. It is also accessible to wheelchair users.

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
London Blues Machine

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Chris Lord and her Blues Express

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Bell Ayre

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Paul Tinkler's Part Time Blues Band

The Bull

The Bull is a traditional 18th century pub with a welcoming atmosphere. It attracts families, locals and shoppers who come in for the value for money food offers and competitive prices on a wide range of drinks. The Bull is centrally located in the heart of Dereham and boasts a great, popular back terrace seating area. The friendly team  welcome new and old customers alike. Weather permitting bands will play outside at the rear where there is wheelchair access.

Thu 9:00~11:00pm
Blues Situation

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Groove Hounds

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Stone Pony

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Blues Business

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
London Blues Machine

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Tanya Piche Blues Band

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Bad Day Blues Band

Sun 2:00~4:00pm
Used Blues

The Cherry Tree

Recently back on the live music circuit thanks to Sarah, Morgana and Gordon this centrally situated  traditional pub has lots of character and knows a good band as well as a good pint. Free house serving Green King, Molson Corrs they will also be providing a Barbecue from 2-9 pm on Sunday of the festival.  They have their own private spaces located in a large municipal shoppers car park that is right next door.

Thu 9:00~11:00pm
Mister-Pink

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Egypt

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Julie Ushers Twisted Blues Band

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Tanya Piche Blues Band

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
Ray Fenwick & the Rest

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
The Mighty Guevaras

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
After Hours Blues Band

Sun 3:00~8:00pm
Jam Session

The Gemini

The Gemini pub and restaurant has long been a favourite with locals and is less than half a mile from the town centre. Under new management, it has an  extensive menu served in a large, welcoming restaurant. It is family friendly, with a very large garden and well equipped children's play area. It also has ample parking and a permanent ramp from the car park into the building for wheelchair users. 

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
D C Wilson Band

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Forged

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Julie Ushers Twisted Blues Band

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Groove Hounds

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Dangerous Daydream

Sun 1:00~3:00pm
Jacques D'Ladde

The George Hotel

The George is now well established as far more than a successful pub offering outstanding food. They are focused on returning The George to the centre of Dereham town life where you can experience a real sense of community spirit. Their manager has a wealth of hospitality experience, with courteous bar and waiting staff  ready to welcome discerning blues fans to a feast of mellow blues whilst the head chef and his team tempt you with the local produce and high quality standard of food.

Weather permitting, bands will play in the garden. Disabled access is via the car park and garden at the rear.

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
The Blues Spiders

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Born Healer

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
When Rivers Meet

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Cruiser Blues Band

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Rough'n'Ready

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
Tanya Piche Blues Band

Sat 6:00~7:00pm
Joe Goes Green

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Julie Ushers Twisted Blues Band

Sat 8:00~9:00pm
Saltshaker

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Chris Lord and her Blues Express

Sun 2:00~4:00pm
Ray Fenwick & the Rest

Sun 5:00~6:00pm
The Wild East

Sun 7:00~9:00pm
Paul Tinkler's Part Time Blues Band

The Kings Head

Serving good pub food this freehouse has its own car park and accommodation and is in easy walking distance from the high street and shopping precinct. This is one of the larger festival venues with an outdoor  covered performance area in a large pleasant enclosed beer garden. Manager Geoff will provide a marquee or open up the function room if the sky is not as blue as the festival music. Geoff is also offering camping at £15 for the whole weekend and has 11 rooms to let  at special rates. An all weekend barbecue will available. Wheelchair access is by the side entrance from Norwich Street into the garden. The nearest car park is the Copwer Road.

Thu 9:00~11:00pm
D C Wilson Band

Fri 6:00~8:00pm
She Said So

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Cold Sweat

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Cruiser Blues Band

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Bell Ayre

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
The Mighty Guevaras

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Forged

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Blues Situation

Sun 2:00~5:00pm
NBS Blues Jam

The Main Event

The Main Event is a new live music venue to bring LIVE entertainment to the centre of Dereham town.  With a large dance floor and comfortable seating around tables.  Refreshments and food are served by experienced waiting persons. They also have snooker, pool and darts. There is ground floor access. 

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Forged

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Bad Day Blues Band

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Gin City

Sat 6:00~7:00pm
Used Blues

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Ray Fenwick & the Rest

The Metro

Located in the cellar of the old Corn Exchange Building, now the town cinema, The Metro has a significant distinction of being in the building in which Jimi Hendrix played in 1967. He apparently managed to put his guitar through the roof! This venue, right in the middle of the town has a reputation for being both innovative and popular. In 2018, as last year, the Metro will host the atmospheric  'Lou's Juke Joint' providing a non-stop stream of blues and blues jam sessions. There are steps down into the Metro club 

Thu 9:30~11:30pm
Metro House Band

Fri 6:00~7:00pm
Trevor Babajack Steger

Fri 7:30~8:30pm
Richard Townend

Fri 9:30~11:30pm
Dangerous Daydream

Sat 9:30~11:20pm
Chicago One Zero

Sun 3:00~4:00pm
Martin McNeill

Sun 4:30~5:30pm
Saltshaker

Sun 6:00~8:00pm
When Rivers Meet

The Old Eagle

This licensed cafe preserves the premises of a once vibrant pub as a hub of the community. Being a very central venue, since it began taking part in 2016, the Old Eagle has become a popular destination for Blues Festival fans. A stones throw from the large free municipal car park, this family friendly venue serves a distinct and flavoursome menu that has become popular with locals.  This is a great place for your festival experience to start - or end - or just stop and let the live blues music come to you.  There are steps into the main refreshments area where the bands would normally play.

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
John's Blues Crew

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
London Blues Machine

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Born Healer

The Red Lion

Very central traditional pub,  an ideal starting point either to the festival or to explore the town. Now under new ownership, the venue has been completely refurbished and boasts no less than four very large screens. Use a town centre car park, the Red Lion is right next to the cinema and the central Market Place. The staff have a ramp for help with wheelchair access but no disabled loo.

Thu 9:00~11:00pm
John's Blues Crew

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Bell Ayre

Sat 12:00~2:00am
Fourplay

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
The Mighty Guevaras

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
The Wild East

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Stone Pony

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
When Rivers Meet

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
Born Healer

Sat 6:00~7:00pm
Saltshaker

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Bad Day Blues Band

Sat 8:00~9:00pm
Joe Goes Green

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Jimmy Regal and the Royals

Sun 12:00~2:00am
Blues Situation

Sun 4:00~6:00pm
Hot Tramp

Sun 7:00~9:00pm
A13 Allstars

The Royal Standard

A real traditional freehouse pub serving  Batemans,  just off the town High Street, with a rich history (more information on their website,  better still drop in and say hello to manager Darrell). This is a really friendly pub with a loyal clientele. The kitchen recently underwent a complete refurb and they are now offering top nosh including an All Day Breakfast and a Barbecue on Saturday.  They have an attractive seating area in the back garden. There is a small lintel to access the pub and steps into the rear garden.  The small parking area will be used for bands or people with a blue badge.

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Fourplay

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Jamie Roe Band

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Used Blues

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
Jimmy Regal and the Royals

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Chicago One Zero

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Blues Business

Sun 1:00~3:00pm
Born Healer