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WELCOME TO THE CARLISLE BLUES ROCK FESTIVAL 2018

DATES & VENUES FOR 2018 FESTIVAL, FULL LINEUP, FESTIVAL AWARD NOMINATION

DATES & VENUES

After the magnificent success of the event last September the festival is proud to announce that this years event,  the 10th Carlisle Blues Rock festival, will take place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September 2018 at The Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle, with a Special 10th Anniversary session on Sunday 30 September 2018 at The Old Fire Station, Carlisle.

It promises to be a quite special occasion.

Click the Venues tab above for more details of the Venues

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FULL LINE-UP 

THORBJORN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO

IAN SIEGAL BAND (exclusive band date)

TODD SHARPVILLE featuring special guest from the USA WAYNE BAKER BROOKS

MALONE SIBUN BAND

MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO

THE STUMBLE

THE RAINBREAKERS

ELLES BAILEY

NORTHSYDE

CHRIS BEVINGTON ORGANISATION

REDFISH

DEKE McGEE BAND

TOM JJ BAND

Click the Tickets 2018 tab above for information on ticketing.

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Photo: Ian Siegal courtesy Nugene Records


Photo: Thorbjorn Risager courtesy Alan White

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Festival up for an Award

Now here’s some nice and unexpected festival news… ….but it won’t come as a surprise to anyone who was at last year’s festival

CARLISLE FESTIVAL 2017 NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

The FORM UKBlues Awards, new for 2018, have been created by the UK Blues Federation to give the blues community in the UK the opportunity to recognise and applaud those involved with the blues in the UK.  Carlisle is one of five nominated festivals in the UK, a fantastic accolade for a relatively small festival making a comeback after a two year break.  CLICK HERE to see the list of all this year’s finalists.  As the voting period has now closed, we await the results …

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Remembering the 2017 Festival …

Eight months of hard work by organiser Nick Westgarth paid off in spectacular fashion with the huge success of a revitalised Carlisle Blues Rock Festival.

After a two year hiatus the Carlisle Blues Rock Festival made a triumphant return over the last weekend in September and immediately re-established its position in the upper echelons of the UK blues festival ratings. 12 hours of magnificent live classic rock and blues over two days in the city centre left an ecstatic audience clamouring for the event to re-establish its annual status.

Some initial quotes:

“Hi Nick, I wanted to say that this festival rates as one of the top 3 events I have ever been to – the other two being the New Orleans Jazz and Blues Festival and the 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony! Seriously, I loved it – fantastic acts, intimate venue, great value. The jamming session was fantastic. Thanks once again”.
  –   Barbara

“Evening Nick. Just thought I’d drop you a line to say thank you to you and your team. I’ve been in this biz a long time and I can honestly say Carlisle Blues Fest was one of the best. We all had a good day and the audience were really good too. Thanks once again”.
  –   Del (Del Bromham) 

“What to say about Carlisle Blues Rock Festival hats off to Nick Westgarth for pulling off such an amazing festival. He knows his audience so well that he asked me to perform Lipstick & Cocaine (not a blues song) during my set and organised the talented Fraser Clark from Redfish to join me on stage to play piano for me. We had never played together, or even met until the festival and we performed a special rendition for the crowd who took my breath away with a standing ovation – thanks Fraser. The backstage/onstage/front of house crews/volunteers were just beyond amazing. Thanks to all of them for the work they do. Highlight for me was the outstanding Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado who ARE the band to see people if you get the chance and just all round lovely guys. Then all the bands jammed out in the basement, it was a special one #Carlisle you rocked it!”
 –   Kaz Hawkins