Before we know it summer will be upon us, and by popular demand, so will this festival.
Durham Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival returns to the city this month for its seventh year, with a line-up that should appeal to music lovers of all ages in and around the North East.
The legendary Dr Feelgood is set to headline the festival, which will take place at the Gala Theatre in Durham on Saturday 17th June, and sees 11 different artists take to the stage – six performing on the Main Stage and five on a more serene Acoustic Stage.
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album ‘Stupidity’ that immediately went to the number one position in the UK charts. They have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including ‘Roxette’, ‘Back in the Night’, ‘Milk and Alcohol’, ‘Down at the Doctors’, ‘She Does it Right’, ‘Going Back Home’ and ‘See You Later Alligator’ – which gave the group their first gold record.
The Main Street Stage will host: • Dr Feelgood- they have toured extensively throughout the World for a few decades now and continue to enjoy global success! • Aynsley Lister - an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with heart and soul! • Kyla Brox- a stunning example of the soul singer's art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis! • Debbie Bond – singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years! • Red Butler - rising UK rock-blues band influenced by the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters and SRV and winners of the UK Blues Challenge in 2015. • Brian Rawson Band - a Glasgow-based contemporary blues band that have appeared at a number of Blues festivals throughout the UK and Ireland!
The Blues Cafe Acoustic Stage will host: . Husky Tones -punk blues style favours the common rawness, simplicity and emotion shared between the punk and blues genres! . Mike Ross - fuzzed up, fierce and full frontal fiery attack coupled with sexy smooth slidin' southern soul from this Northern force of nature! . Dr Blue - the real deal and was once reviewed as ‘the bastard son of Tom Waits and Howling’ Wolf’ which remains his favourite description of himself! . AJK James - plays Welsh blues and sings songs about time travel and the sea. His hobbies include transactional physics, growing beards and eating! . George Shovlin and the Radars - the band has been re-invigorated by the break in their career and they are back, with a hunger, excitement and ambition!
With this calibre of artist stepping on stage, festival-goers can expect to see top class live performances and hear a range of incredible sounds with sets that incorporate a creative mix of blues, rock and R & B, with a sprinkling of country & soul in the mix!
There will be no need to worry about searching for food and drinks on the day either as there will be a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, real ales available and a varied menu that should meet everyone's taste!
Don't miss out on Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 7 on Saturday 17th June at Gala Theatre, Durham. For ticket information, line-up details, and general information relation to the festival please head to durhambluesfestival.co.uk or galadurham.co.uk. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 01472 349 222.
And don’t be late. Doors open at 1:30pm and the music starts at 2:00pm, ending at 10:00pm.
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