Belfast City Blues Festival 2018 launch

Belfast City Blues returns to celebrate 10th year

The Belfast City Blues Festival is back with more than 60 gigs across 22 venues from June 29th to July 2nd.

The full 10th anniversary line-up was revealed at the launch yesterday in The Dirty Onion, Belfast.

This year will see blues veterans Dr Feelgood, new music sensation Aaron Keylock and local queen of blues Kaz Hawkins all take to the stage at The Black Box. Also back this year is the annual Tribute To Rory Gallagher afternoon at the Black Box with The Pat McManus Band, Blackwood & The Willie Byrne Band as well as A Tribute To Phil Lynott & Thin Lizzy Featuring local band Tinn Lizzy.

Belfast City Blues Festival 2018 launch

Other acts joining the 10th Anniversary Belfast City Blues Festival lineup include Ronnie Greer, Rab McCullough, Speedy Mullan, BillyBoy Miskimmin, The Lee Hedley Band, The Reverend Doc, The Red Hot Roosters and many more.

Festival Director, Seamus O’Neill, said he was looking forward to kicking off what is set to be the best year yet: “A decade ago we couldn’t believe that the festival would be going so long and growing every year. It has been tough at times but now we are toasting our 10th year it has been worth it. We’ll have all the favourites such as the annual tribute to Rory Gallagher featuring Pat McManus, young blues sensation Aaron Keylock and the phenomenal talent of Kaz Hawkins amongst many others. The rich musical heritage of our city will be on display everyone across the country, as well as the many overseas visitors who ink the dates in every year to be in Belfast.”

Belfast City Blues Festival 2018 launch

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, said: “I am delighted to help the Belfast Blues Festival celebrate its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, the Festival has highlighted Belfast’s rich blues heritage and profiled many of our finest artists, as well as attracting top international names to our city.”

Karen Sheals Hoy, Manager of American Holidays, said: “I’m proud and privileged that American Holidays are once again key sponsors of this fantastic festival. “Now in its 10th year, this is the only festival of its kind in Belfast and is a great opportunity for people to come together to enjoy the city’s lively Belfast Blues heritage and to discover new talent. “This year we are delighted to have alongside us our partners Brand USA & United Airlines.”

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