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Dereham Blues Festival 7-10th July

Dereham town centre For swamp blues with a pint

Tis is the third year of East Anglia’s best blues, bluegrass, country, soul and gospel festival, all taking place in a market town because why not? Run by willing volunteers, and spread across several venues in Dereham, this is a lovely weekend of live music to look forward to this month.

On offer will be a whole mess o' blues from Mississippi swamp through to R&B, from the Chicago blues of Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters to Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, right up to the funky, verging on jazz. Catch nearly 50 acts from all over the world including some homegrown musicians from Norfolk and Suffolk. Headliners Dr Feelgood who play on the 7th at the Dereham Memorial Hall supported by Rebecca Downes, have notched up 15 years and over 1,800 gigs together with the current line-up. Te journey continues for one of Britain’s most enduring and best loved R&B band, who continue to enthral audiences across the world with their live energy. With buskers rocking on the town's streets and the Heartland Delta Choir singing the blues across the marketplace, for one weekend only Dereham will become the Deep South. Venues in the town include pubs, restaurants and bars, so ignore the diet and get on with the good eatin’ and drinkin’. Tere will even be some performances at the train station.

Playlist Dr Feelgood – Roxette Benjamin Bassford – Dancing With Te Devil Dove and Boweevil – Lady Lavoo Half Deaf Clatch – Te Apocalypse Blues Tom Seals – I Wants To Be Loved

50 / July 2016/

Playlist Te Vagaband – Gabrielle Stringfever - Bolero Te Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Fire Te Searchers – Sweets For My Sweet John Illsley – Sultans of Swing

Holt Festival 23rd-31st July

Holt town centre For North Norfolk culture vultures

Head up to beautiful, classy Holt late this month to their annual festival. Venues for the many and varied events include the church, the Auden Teatre, the bookshop, the community centre, and the magnificent open air Teatre in the Woods. Lovely stuff if you know Holt well, or want an excuse to explore it a little more.

Tis year the line up’s great, with loads of well known names taking the A140 north to entertain the crowds. Tere’s wordsmith and grand raconteur Gyles Brandreth, Shakespeare and jazz from Jacqui Dankworth, mind magic from Colin Cloud, Kate Adie talking about her latest book, Julie Christie from out of the movies doing a reading, and Joanna Trollope will be talking to Charles Pugh, the festival’s Artistic Director. If comedy is your bag, you’ll be delighted by a special stand up evening including Zoe Lyons, plus performances from Jenny Eclair and Mark Watson elsewhere. Eclectic shows include a one woman Jane Austen show and the intriguing Fossils about monsters, fathers and personal mythologies. Music wise, there’s everything from flamenco to rock, including Te Searchers, Te Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Norwich own Te Vagaband will be playing. Tere’s also a children’s festival with plenty of storytelling, pirates, drama workshops and dancing as well as an art trail around the town. Don’t miss the fringe festival with free lunchtime concerts and arts and crafts activities.

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