Started in 1998 by Jim Riley, the festival is now an established part of the calendar with people returning year after year to what has been described as “surely the best little festival in the UK”.
The first festival began on a Friday evening in the Social Club where Steppin’ Out performed their first gig in Beer. The Social Club has remained a very important part of the festival, and many say the gigs held there are still the best part of the weekend.
Over the years we have been fortunate to see some amazing bands – here are a few of them (not in any particular order);
TIM HAIN & THE WORX; HOT LOBSTER; THE ROBIN BIBI BAND; BOB BRUNNING’S DE LUXE BLUES BAND; THE ANDY CORTEZ BAND; WORRIED MEN; JEFF CHAPMAN’S ROOSTERS; THE TIM ROYCE BAND; HIT & RUN; CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE AND SUGARBEET; BROCK AND THE BADGERS; THE NIGEL BAGGE BAND; THE BOOGIE BAND; ANDY BOAL; THE BIG BLUE; MATT EMPSON & JASON MANNERS; THE BARCODES; THE BLACKJACKS; ATAMA; TOM RODWELL; THE JELLICLE CATS; MOTEL 6; THE WALKHARDS; DEBBIE GILES’ MIDNIGHT TRAIN; THE BLUES ENGINEERS; SAM KELLY’S BLUES BAND; GILES HEDLEY; STATIONHOUSE; JON WALSH; RAG MAMA RAG; THE PHIL ASTLES BAND; THE INCREDIBLE BLUES PUPPIES; ROY METTE; VINCE LEE; THE JIVES; GETZ LOOSE;
CLARE FREE; THE BENNY BROWN BAND; BLUE HORIZON; BABAJACK; THE ELEVATORS; THE KATIE BRADLEY BLUES BAND; THE G MEN; THE ODYSSEY BLUES BAND; SERIOUS BLUES; STORM WARNING; SINNERBOY; CHERRY LEE MEWIS; THE DIRTY ACES; THE STEVE SUMMERS BAND; MOVIN ON; BITTERROOT; TOMAS FORD; GUY TORTORA; THE SPIKEDRIVERS;