Blues festival

SCARBOROUGH’S first blues festival is due to take place at the end of next week.

It has been put together by volunteers from the local blues club and is the culmination of nearly two years of planning.

They have been assisted, more recently, by professional staff from the Stephen Joseph Theatre. 

The club has persuaded some of Europe’s most respected blues / rock artists to appear at the festival.

The first three nights will be at the Cask but the final session will be at the SJT, featuring five world-class bands and over eight hours of live music.

Ticket prices vary between £5 and £35.

Club spokesman Mark Horsley says: “Scarborough has never promoted a blues festival before and an ambitious project like this would simply not have been possible without the assistance of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

“I hope it will become an annual event and reflect the very best that Scarborough has to offer.

“The SJT management have been very supportive and keen to be involved. I think it shows that cultural heritage of the country is not just about ‘art’ but also about popular music”.

The festival programme has been designed to appeal to anyone interested in popular music, not just blues fans, but the emphasis will be on musicians known for their ability to make an emotional connection with their audience.

The festival will be previewed in full in next Wednesday’s entertainments section of the Evening News.