Held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the inaugural Ouseburn Rock and Blues Festival (ORB) is set to take over Newcastle’s beloved Ouseburn Valley for a weekend in celebration of all things rock and blues. Brought to you by the team who put together Reivers Rock and Blues Festival, organisers aim to bring you the most innovative artists on the national and international blues-rock scene today.
With The Cluny, one of Newcastle’s most celebrated music venues, providing the venue for the Main Stage and Monkey Junk Blues afternoon sessions, fellow Ouseburn bar and venue, The Tyne Bar will host its fair share of rock and blues talent on their afternoon and evening stage. In addition to The Cluny and The Tyne Bar, the highly-anticipated Buskers stage will be hosted by The Kiln! Ideally suited to acoustic blues with its quirky atmosphere and decor, fans will have to opportunity to sit back and enjoy some of the regions’ finest rock and blues performers.
Featuring on the opening day of 2018’s festival is The Stevie Nimmo Trio – and you expect something special as a fantastic performance of blues-rock guitar playing is guaranteed. Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band also feature on Saturday 25th August. The four-piece blues-rock powerhouse never fails to win over their audience, paying tribute to the blues-rock classics that have influenced the band. The final act of the opening day of the Ouseburn Rock and Blues Festival 2018 is Scottish alternative-blues guitarist and songwriter, Dave Arcari. With a trademark national steel guitar, no doubt in hand, Dave Arcari’s set is a must see – so be sure to check him out.
Simon McBride is set to take centre stage on the Sunday. And after picking up his first guitar at age ten, the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix were quickly second nature.
Birmingham-born musician Tom C. Walker also performs on the Sunday, hot off the back of his successful 2017 headline UK “Into Space Tour”. Aussie bluesman Gwyn Ashton is the final act of the ORB Festival and has been ranked as number three in Guitar Part Magazine’s Guitarist of The Year after Jeff Beck and Gary Moore.
The inaugural Ouseburn Rock and Blues Festival will take place at various locations spread across Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, with The Cluny, The Tyne Bar and The Kiln all hosting performers. The festival will be held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August. Weekend tickets are priced at £27.50 whereas day tickets are available for £16.50 (prices include booking fee). To purchase tickets please online to thecluny.com.