Scarborough’s Top Secret Blues Festival line-up

Liv Cawston and Rich Adams promote Scarborough Blues Festival
Liv Cawston and Rich Adams promote Scarborough Blues Festival

Scarborough’s TOP SECRET Blues Festival gets under way at the Spa next month – promising to be the biggest and most successful ever.

Organised by the local Blues Club, it will be held at the Spa Complex from Friday March 20 to Sunday March 22.

It is moving to the complex after three successful years at the Cask pub and will be hosted by Scarborough-based 
musician Rich Adams.

“It’s all about bringing even more top quality live music to Scarborough and helping to put our town on the map. It’s certainly not a secret any more,” said Mark Horsley, the club’s main organiser and promoter

Hundreds of tickets have already been sold to music fans from across the UK, with some travelling from as far afield as Exeter, Bath and Scotland. Several local hotels are fully booked on the strength of advance bookings.

“The festival is designed to entertain and appeal to anyone who enjoys live music, not just blues fans. Americana, soul, Celtic rock, traditional and contemporary blues, folk, and country music all feature in a wide ranging programme involving hundreds of top 

Several international stars are due to take part including Ian Siegal, Jon Amor, Kyla Brox, Jo Harman, Joel Fisk, Pat McManus (Ireland), David Migden, Wille and the Bandits, and Guy Tortora.

“This is the first time we have attempted a three-day festival in a large venue such as the Spa. The financial risks are tremendous but our last three festivals sold out several months in advance so it was clear that we ought to expand.

“We’ve done it all in-house, without commercial sponsorship.It’s going to be a great weekend,” said Mark.

There will be two stages, one in the Ocean Room which has a capacity of 500 and another in the Promenade Lounge which is slightly smaller.

“With comfortable seating for all, a relaxed ‘cabaret style’ layout in each venue, several different bars and restaurants, it should be possible to enjoy the entire weekend without moving more than a few yards from your favourite seat

“While it’s a much bigger event, we are going to do our best to replicate the intimate, informal, and friendly atmosphere that we all experienced at our smaller festivals. All the artists will be performing within a few feet of the audience,” said Mark.


Day Ticket £28

6pm: doors open (Promenade Lounge / Cafe)

6.30pm: Lucy Zirins

7pm: Doors open (Ocean Room / Main Venue)

8pm: Rory Ellis

9pm: Lucy Zirins

9.30pm: Kyla Brox Band

10.30pm: Benjamin Bassford

11pm: Jon Amor Band


Day Ticket £48

Noon: doors Open (Promenade Lounge / Cafe)

12.15pm: Johnny Dickinson

12.45pm: doors open 
(Ocean Room / Main Venue)

1pm: Leila Dee

2pm: Steve ‘Pablo’ Jones

2.30pm: Guy Tortora

3.30pm: Leila Dee

4pm: Wille & The Bandits

5.30pm: MG Greaves & ­Lonesome Too (Promenade Lounge / Cafe)

Ocean Room

7.30pm: David Migden & Twisted Roots

8.30pm: Rich Adams

9pm: Jo Harman

10pm: TC Moon Duo

11pm: Pat McManus


Day Ticket £48

Noon: doors open 
(Promenade Lounge / Cafe)

12.15pm: Joel Fisk

12.45pm: doors open 
(Ocean Room / Main Venue)

1pm: Goldie Reed

2pm: Matt Woosey

2.30pm: TC and The ­Moneymakers

3.30pm: Matt Woosey

4pm: LaVendore Rogue

5.30pm: Tony Devenport ­(Promenade Lounge / Cafe)

7pm: doors open (Ocean Room)

7.30pm: The Jar Family

9pm: Ian Siegal Band

10.30pm: Leeds City Stompers - after party