Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2020 – DATES CONFIRMED

From The Cumberland News …

More details soon !


For now browse and reminisce the 2019 Festival ….

Reviews & Photos of the 2019 Festival:

Click here for the 2019 Reviews

Click here for the 2019 Photo Gallery (EarlyBlues.com)





2019 Lineup – click tab above for full details


Vote for your favourite “memorable moment” from 10 years of the Carlisle Blues Rock Festival


Take the easy option, a Virgin Train to the festival …

See the festival representing Carlisle City in Virgin Train’s ‘Exploring Five Captivating Destinations’, a brand new feature on the Virgin Trains website

click here for the details


2018 Photo Galleries

Check out photos of last year’s festival ….

Click here for the EarlyBlues.com Carlisle Blues Rock Festival 2018 Photo Gallery


Wayne Baker Brooks

Ian Siegal

Elles Bailey

Lorna Fothergill (Northsyde)


Photos courtesy Alan and Sarah White



Connie Lush


Elles Bailey

Thorbjorn Risager

‘Like Elles Bailey we’re looking forward to returning to Carlisle for the festival’

Marcus Malone




Marcus Malone

Innes Sibun


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


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 was 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. CLICK HERE to see the results.
Thanks to all who voted for the Carlisle Festival.


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




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UKBlues Federation