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Venues

Here are the venues we are delighted to say are hosting bands in this year's festival, together with details of the gigs they are putting on. A quick peek at the artists details are available by clicking on their name.

It's a pleasure to welcome back so many good friends, and to say hello to some new faces. No less than 19 venues are taking part this year, so it's much, much more than 12 bars of blues in 2022!

Arnie's

Arnie's is a new music venue revamped to bring LIVE entertainment to the centre of Dereham town, with a large dance floor and comfortable seating around tables. They also have snooker, pool and darts. There is ground floor access. 

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Tore Down

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Generation III

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Sloe Train

Sat 6:00~7:00pm
Born Healer

Sat 8:00~9:00pm
Luke Arnold

Sat 10:00~12:00am
Ryk Mead Band

Sun 1:00~3:00pm
NBS Blues Jam

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
Goldrusha

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Checkmate Kings

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
D C Wilson Band

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Stoli Gibson and the Pearl Onions

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

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Cruiser Blues Band

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
The Mighty Guevaras

Sun 2:00~4:00pm
The Journeymen

The Cherry Tree

Recently back on the live music circuit thanks to Sarah and Morgana 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 3-8 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
Holman Hilts and Delaney

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Egypt

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Delta Fuse

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Dave Ellis Blues UK Band

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
The JuJubes

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Checkmate Kings

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

Sun 3:00~5:00pm
Robin Bibi Band

Sun 5:00~8:00pm
Blues Jam hosted by Robin Bibi

The Coachmakers

A stylishly decorated venue serving  locally sourced freshly prepared food including fresh stone baked pizzas - delicious and authentic! For blues loving wine connoisseurs they can also boast a cellar of amazing wines from small vineyards all over the world. Cocktails made to order  - perfect to drink outside in the rear garden and patio area.

Sat 3:00~5:00pm
Used Blues

The Cock

The Cock public house has been lovingly restored back to its original name as a traditional real ale pub. With a classy internal decor, The Cock is a Freehouse serving delicious and interesting beers from local and national brewers, as well as specials from around the world.  Conveniently located on Norwich Street, The Cock has a lovely relaxed and friendly vibe and will be hosting free entry music gigs throughout the festival.

Thu 9:00~11:00pm
The Tricks

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Fat and Furious

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
The JuJubes

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Back Porch

Sat 6:00~7:00pm
Ryk Mead Band

Sat 8:00~9:00pm
Fourplay

Sat 10:00~12:00am
John Doe Trio

Sun 12:00~2:00pm
Used Blues

Sun 7:00~9:00pm
The Journeymen

Darbys

A new addition to the Dereham Blues festival, Darbys boasts a large beer garden, children's play area and is dog friendly. A full restaurant menu including a wood fired pizza oven and a selection of real ales makes the trip out of town to Swanton Morley well worthwhile.

Sat 12:00~2:00pm
John Doe Trio

Sat 5:00~7:00pm
Tote Porello

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

Sun 12:00~2:00pm
Gin City

Sun 3:00~5:00pm
Hard Working Blues Band

Sun 6:00~8:00pm
Andy Grant Band

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
Sloe Train

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Cruiser Blues Band

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Generation III

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Hard Working Blues Band

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Mandie Graham Band

Sun 2:00~4:00pm
Ministry of Mojo

Dereham Cricket Club

Dereham Cricket Club became a venue for the blues festival for the first time in 2019 and had a sensational evening of it, with barbecue, bar and fantastic crowd-pleasing live (and loud) blues music. 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 on site.  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). Contact derehamcricket@gmail.com for info about camping.

Dereham Golf Club

Chill out with a swift round in the surroundings of the beautiful golf course or relax in the comfortable lounge, with a friendly bar, outdoors barbecue and live music in the club house. The golf club is just half a mile from the town centre Market Place, on Quebec Road.

Fri 7:00~9:00pm
Uncalled Four

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 2 fantastic up and coming stars of the British blues scene; the festival is opened by the amazing Kyla Brox, and headlined by festival favourites When Rivers Meet. Tickets for this opening concert are £25 each, selling fast and available from this link. Don't miss out on your chance to catch this incredible and sought-after artist on one of his very few concerts in the UK this year.

Wed 7:30~10:00pm
Kyla Brox

Wed 7:30~10:00pm
When Rivers Meet

Ellenor Fenn Gardens

A brand new public garden commemorating the prolific 18th-century British writer of children’s books. Easy access through the popular modern shopping complex sited next to QD store

Sat 1:00~5:00pm
Percy Paradise

Sat 1:00~1:30pm
RockavoX

Sat 1:30~1:45pm
Hunky Dory

Sat 2:00~2:30pm
Bill Bennett

Sat 2:30~3:00pm
John Fincher

Sat 3:00~3:15pm
Ruby Aitken

Sat 3:20~3:35pm
Tyler Yarham

Sat 3:45~4:00pm
Ross Stewart

Sat 4:00~4:30pm
Max England

Sat 4:30~5:00pm
Ken Connor

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
Dawson Smith and the Dissenters

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Ryk Mead Band

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Delta Fuse

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Sloe Train

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Andy Grant Band

Sun 1:00~3:00pm
The Tricks

The George Hotel

With a wide selection of real ales, lagers, and ciders and our fresh home cooked menu (including breakfast from 9 to 11:30) made with locally sourced fresh produce, you're sure to havea great time at the newly re-opened George Hotel, bar and restaurant.

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
The Mighty Guevaras

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Ben Hemming Band

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Luke Arnold

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Unfinished Business

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Little Bo Walker

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
Fourplay

Sat 6:00~7:00pm
Richard Townend

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Delta Fuse

Sat 8:00~9:00pm
Ross Stewart

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
The Shunters Company

Sun 2:00~4:00pm
Andy Grant Band

Sun 5:00~6:00pm
Saltshaker

Sun 7:00~9:00pm
Ashley Sherlock Band

The Kings Head

Including a children's play area with swings and a mini football pitch in extensive grounds, 5 bars including an outdoor real ale bar, a prosecco & wine bar, and with a barbeque all weelend, the Kings Head is a must visit for all the family.

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

Fri 6:00~8:00pm
Dawson Smith and the Dissenters

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
The Journeymen

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
The Ross Stewart Trio

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Tote Porello

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
D C Wilson Band

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Stoli Gibson and the Pearl Onions

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Dave Ellis Blues UK Band

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

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 and the Tall Boys, '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 and the Tall Boys

Sat 1:45~2:45pm
Dove and Boweevil

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Robin Evans

Sat 4:15~5:15pm
Richard Townend

Sat 5:30~6:30pm
Luke Arnold

Sat 6:45~7:45pm
Luke Arnold

Sat 8:00~9:00pm
Lou and the Tall Boys

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 2022, 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 - Blues Jam Session hosted by Max Ayre

Fri 6:00~7:00pm
Little Bo Walker

Fri 7:30~8:30pm
Henry Baker

Fri 9:30~11:30pm
Delta Fuse

Sat 9:30~11:30pm
Cruiser Blues Band

Sun 3:00~4:00pm
Tom Malachowski

Sun 4:00~5:00pm
Simon Whitney

Sun 6:00~8:00pm
Michael Woods

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.

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Dave Ellis Blues UK Band

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Used Blues

The Railway Tavern

A truly unique pub serving some of the best fish and chips in town, and famous for hitting the headlines with well organised fund raising events throughout the year. Always worth a visit to see what they have on offer.

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Hard Working Blues Band

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Back Porch

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
John Doe Trio

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

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
The Journeymen

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
Purple Jimi

Fri 9:00~11:00pm
Stone Pepper Blues

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Hard Working Blues Band

Sat 2:00~3:00pm
Saltshaker

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
Checkmate Kings

Sat 4:00~5:00pm
Saltshaker

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
Mandie Graham Band

Sat 6:00~7:00pm
Henry Baker

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Back Porch

Sat 8:00~9:00pm
Robin Evans

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
The JuJubes

Sat 12:00~2:00am
Delta Fuse

Sun 1:00~3:00pm
Cold Sweat

Sun 4:00~6:00pm
Forged

Sun 7:00~9:00pm
Martin Burch Band

The Royal Standard

A real traditional freehouse pub just off the town High Street, with a rich history. 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
Holman Hilts and Delaney

Sat 1:00~2:00pm
Unfinished Business

Sat 3:00~4:00pm
The Mighty Guevaras

Sat 5:00~6:00pm
The Ross Stewart Trio

Sat 7:00~8:00pm
Unfinished Business

Sat 9:00~11:00pm
Tote Porello

Sun 5:00~7:00pm
The Tricks

Sun 8:00~10:00pm
Fourplay

Toftwood Social Club

A welcome venue to Dereham Blues Festival and chosen by Norfolk Blues Society for it's monthly jam sessions. Open to non members and not a bad seat for a view of the stage, this is a great place to relax sit back comfortably and soak up the atmosphere. Good ales served from a well stocked bar at very reasonable prices.

Fri 7:00~9:00pm
John's Blues Crew

Sun 2:00~4:00pm
Martin Burch Band

Sun 5:00~7:00pm
D C Wilson Band