Belfast Blues Festival Returns

World class guitarists celebrate the blues form in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter

Taking place in venues throughout the Cathedral Quarter, the Belfast Blues Festival returns for the third year in a row, running over the August bank holiday weekend, from 26 - 28.

This year, apart from showcasing local blues musicians, the festival have announced that acclaimed acts from the US, England, Scotland and Ireland will also perform for afficionados of the blues form.

Headlining at the Oh Yeah Centre on the opening night will be American performer, Sherman Robertson, described as 'one of the most important artists in blues', who has recorded with the likes of Paul Simon and toured the world for over 30 years.

Venues hosting gigs during the festival include the John Hewitt Bar, the Cloth Ear bar and restaurant, the Ramada Encore Hotel, St George's Market, the Kitchen Bar and the Lagan Boat.

Northern Irish acts announced include Belfast's own Rab McCullough, who will headline the closing night of the festival. McCullough has shared the stage with the likes of Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison and the greatest guitarist of them all, the legendary Jimi Hendrix, and will surely bring his skills to bare on an expectant crowd at Oh Yeah.

There will be a tribute to the one and only Gary Moore, the Belfast guitarist who performed on some of Thin Lizzy's greatest studio tracks, performed by Ulster's finist, Willie Byrne; and another tribute to Belfast's most famous guitarist, the inimitable Rory Gallagher.

With blues cruises, afternoon gigs and rocking night time shows, there is something for everyone. Log on to the Belfast Blues Festival website for further information on all gigs and to book your tickets.