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Welcome to the Dereham Blues festival

The heart of the blues in the heart of Norfolk

Spring is here and the Festival run up is starting!

The festival dates for everyone’s diaries this year are Wednesday 10th July to Sunday 14th, but the lead-up to the festival this year features a number of exciting events.

To celebrate the Festival's 10th year, we have organised a number of workshop's and presentations, from singing in a Blues & Soul choir to making your own cigar box guitar. More details are here, together with the chance to buy tickets. Thanks to support from Dereham Town Council, The Geoffrey Watling Charity and the Norfolk Blues Society, ticket prices are very affordable.

The Festival opening concert on Wednesday 10th July at the Dereham Memorial Hall features the fabulous and amazing Toby Lee, brilliantly supported by the fabulous James Oliver Band. The concert is just about sold out, so book yours here before its too late.

Welcome to the 2024 Dereham Blues Festival website as we celebrate our 10th anniversary festival. Whether you are a serious performer, an enthusiastic busker or a fan of the blues and live music, we hope you’ll find everything you need here in preparation for joining us in Dereham at the end of the second week in July.

We are very proud of our festival (now widely recognised on the national blues circuit) and the many benefits it brings to the town of Dereham. If you’ve never been, it’s well worth a visit to sample a wide range of blues music – you’ll hear acoustic guitars, a heavier electric feel, wailing harmonicas, solo artists, jam sessions, original artists, bands playing old standards that make you want to get up and dance, and much more.

More than 50 bands will be playing in venues throughout the town. We are also hosting a variety of hands-on workshops and talks, as well as a family-friendly busking event on the Saturday. The vast majority of the performances are free-entry – great music for the price of a drink or two.

This years and previous programme covers

Latest News

Changes to Opening Concert

STOP PRESS  Dereham Blues Festival are announcing the following :  "Blues followers have known for some time that the extraordinarily gifted lead singer and guitarist of the blues/rock band Catfish, Matt Long, has been battling an aggressive cancer. Despite prolonged treatment, Matt's cancer has spread.  Catfish are booked to open this year's Dereham Blues Festival on Wednesday 10th July, but have now asked to be released, so that Matt can concentrate on his health. We are so sorry to hear this, and have of course agreed to the request. Matt and his family and the band are very much in our thoughts, and we are sending them our very best wishes."

Tim Cara from Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall, which hosts the concert on behalf of the Dereham Blues Festival, said, "We are very fortunate to have been able to book the fabulous James Oliver Band to open the Blues Festival on a rare free night for them. James is a powerhouse guitarist with a burgeoning reputation, and the band's line-up features the veteran Norman Watts-Roy on bass. Norman was an integral part of the Ian Dury and the Blockheads and Wilko Johnson bands in the 1980s, at the peak of their fame."

The concert, which is headlined by the Young Blues Musician of the Year, Toby Lee, has sold all its tickets, and promised to be a great musical event.

If this news raises issues for any ticketholders, please text 07432 091044. 

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