ARBROATH’S annual Bell Rock Blues Festival takes place next weekend, August 24, 25 and 26 in 13 local venues of varying size and intimacy.
Check the website bellrockblues.com or www.whatsonscotland.com for locations and to pick up a programme!
As always, entry to the festival is free and the organisers are grateful to sponsors and advertisers. Other costs are covered by the venues .
Sandra Nicoll, one of the principal organisers, commented: “A total of 29 bands will take part this year, ensuring a stunning variety of styles, influences and performances. A wonderful weekend of music is assured.
“Come along and join the regular and veteran visitors from all over Britain plus local music lovers who enjoy this yearly high spot in Arbroath’s entertainment calendar.
“With bands comprising new faces and old favourites from all over Scotland to Tyneside and beyond, plus admired stalwarts from our own area, there will be a terrific atmosphere spanning 45 gigs.
“From far and wide, Newcastle to Aberdeen, Ayrshire to Angus, solo to six piece, whether it’s soulful or swinging, groovy or gutsy, restful or rocking, studied to stomping, there will be music to suit all Bell Rock Blues festival goers, so join the thousands who enjoy this yearly fun event.”
She continued: “Once again the town will welcome one ex-patriot who will be travelling from southern England with his extended family comprising seven separate groups who have accommodation bookings in Arbroath for the festival.
“There are T-shirts available in every venue, so you can show your support. The venues are friendly (children welcome in suitably licensed premises) serving quality refreshments, with some good auld craic thrown in! Just the weather to book now and it is all systems go!”
It is hoped that at least one of the artists will perform the Bell Rock Lighthouse Blues, a song about the Bell Rock dating from about 1925. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=594GF40Wtps <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=594GF40Wtps> )