More than 25 national and local blues artists, including four of the UK’s top blues bands, will play at venues across Newark, between Friday 10 and Sunday 12 September.
Four of the UK’s top blues bands complete the line up for the second annual Newark Blues Festival.
Leading UK blues artists Aynsley Lister, Sean Webster, Tipping Point and Virgil and the Accelerators will perform at the festival’s showcase event, Blues at the Castle, in the atmospheric and majestic setting of Newark Castle on Saturday 11 September.
More than 25 national and local blues artists, featuring four of the UK’s leading blues bands, will play at venues across Newark, between Friday 10 and Sunday 12 September.
Last year, hundreds of music lovers descended on the town for the event, which has been shortlisted for the Best British Blues Festival category at the 2010 British Blues Awards.
This year, organizers have again partnered with event production company, Liz Hobbs Group Ltd and plan to make this year’s event an even bigger hit.
The Newark Blues Festival is the creation of family trio Joe Pointing aged 17, father Darren Pointing and grandfather Darrell Pointing and is run with the help of local musicians and music enthusiasts on a not for profit basis.
Darren Pointing said: “We’re really excited about the line up and extra events that we’ve included this year. Virgil and the Accelerators are creating a real buzz at the moment and Aynsley Lister is the only British artist to be featured in Classic Rock Magazine’s top ten contemporary blues artists, alongside the likes of The White Stripes and John Mayer.
“We’ve got some great feature events in the castle grounds and there’ll be loads of free gigs and workshops happening around the town over the weekend. Add that to the fact that Blues at the Castle has been chosen to host the first ever presentation of the British Blues Awards and you can see why we’re all so excited.
“Two leading female UK blues artists, Chantel McGregor and Delta Maid, will headline a free event showcasing female artists on Saturday afternoon and there will be blues workshops for young musicians and vocalists who’ll also get the chance to perform on the main stage.”
CEO of Liz Hobbs Group, Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE said: “We create and promote events and concerts at venues all over the UK, but as our head office is in Newark, we’re delighted to support the Newark Blues Festival, which I’m sure will soon be firmly established on the festival map.”
Notes to Editors
Images from 2009 Newark Blues Festival are available on request
Interviews with festival organizers are available on request
Blues at the Castle – Saturday 11 September, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Gate Prices: £15 adults, £10 under 14s, free for under 5s
In Advance: £12 adults, £8 under 14s
Full programme for the Newark Blues Festival is available at http://www.newarkblues.co.uk
Liz Hobbs Group Ltd creates and promotes inspirational concerts and events across the UK.
British Blues Awards – A new initiative, set up by Nottingham Blues Society, the British Blues Awards aim to honor the best of British Blues talent. Visit http://www.britishbluesawards.com or http://www.nottinghamblues.society.com for more information.
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