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Welcome to the Dereham Blues festival

The heart of the blues in the heart of Norfolk

Hamilton Loomis to headline 2019 Festival!
Supported by Ron Sayer & The Shunters

Purchase your tickets here - hurry, selling fast!

A warm welcome for regular fans and newcomers alike, to the annual celebration of great blues music held in the historical town of Dereham in mid-Norfolk during July each year. We are immensely proud to have become established as a 'must do' festival on the national blues circuit.

Each year we vet over 120 bands and artists from all over the country, with a strong contingent of acts from Norfolk, reflecting the very strong class of blues muscianship locally. Over a dozen pubs, bars, hotels and clubs in the town fund all the festival bands, so that you, our visitors, get to enjoy nearly 50 top class live blues acts totally free of charge.

The acts have been chosen for their quality, and to showcase a broad range of blues styles, from laid back and mellow, through sassy swing, Chicago and Texas rock to all-out high octane driving rhythm with edgy riffs, all 100% live, 100% free* and 100% enjoyment.

*Except for the Wednesday night headline opener


Provisional List of 2019 Artists

We've put together the provisional list of artists appearing at this year's festival, and you can view the details here. We're working on the schedules now, and these will be online as soon as they are (roughly) sorted. Please bear in mind that, at this stage, all details are provisional and subject to change.

Latest News

Hamilton Loomis to open the seventh Dereham Blues Festival

We are thrilled that Hamilton Loomis is over here on tour and honoured that he will bring his band to headline at the 7th Dereham Blues Festival. People who have witnessed this stunning musician and his turbo charged shows will agree with the following: Described by Blues Blast Magazine as “a non-stop turbo of power, one minute moving from side to side of the stage, and then taking on his horn player in a head-cutting contest on the apron of the stage the next minute,” Loomis’ energetic, get-in-with–the-crowd antics are infectious.

"Being comfortable on stage is something that comes completely natural to me,” he says. “I feel joy when I play music and it literally moves me. It moves my body. I learned long ago that whenever music is coming from you, from deep inside your soul and from the right place, people will feel that on a deeper level and might not even know what’s going on inside of themselves. I enjoy engaging the crowd and feel a show should be an interactive experience.”  

In describing Loomis' musical style, Guitar Player magazine once stated, ‚Äč "If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the centre of it"

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