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Who’s playing the Dereham Blues Festival? Find out the full line-up for this year’s four-day music event headlined by Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:01 08 May 2017

Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders will be headlining the 2017 Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Judy Totton

Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders will be headlining the 2017 Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Judy Totton

Judy Totton

Organisers of this year’s Dereham Blues Festival have announced the full line-up for the four-day summer music event.

Following a record number of applications from some of the region’s and UK’s finest blues and roots acts, over 50 bands, trios, duos and solo performers are now set to perform over the festival weekend of July 6 to 9 at 15 different Dereham town centre venues.

The festival will kick-start on the Thursday with the opening concert featuring the internationally famous Andy Fairweather Low and his band The Low Riders.

Local favourites The Dove And Boweevil Band will provide top quality support for the concert organised by the Friends of the Dereham Memorial Hall.

The festival then gets going on Friday evening when performers play in selected cafes, bars and clubs in the town centre. On the Saturday blues and roots music will be heard cascading out from all of the 15 different venues from early afternoon onwards until late.

Old favourites like Adenland and Stone Pony will play alongside new-to-the-festival names such as Graham McGrotty’s Blues Band and Tony Brook From Alabama.

Robin Bibi, widely regarded as one of the UKs finest blues/rock guitarists, will host the open jam session at the Cherry Tree on Sunday.

While Sunday afternoon will also see the traditional outdoor blues super-jam in the garden of The King’s Head.

Buskers can also apply to play in the market place, Nelson Place and Millers Walk.

Festival chairman John Vasco said: “It is fantastic to see the festival growing year on year.

“Of the record 120 acts applying to play over two thirds are now from outside the region. This shows how the importance of the Dereham Blues Festival is growing into a UK-wide event. This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever.

“It is just a pity that we cannot give a slot to everyone that applied to play, such was the quality of acts applying.”.

Tickets, £22 or £25 seated, are already selling fast for the opening night and can be bought online here.
To find out who is playing where and when, go to the festival website here.

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