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Q: Are tickets needed?
A: You don’t have tickets to a party! Just a support wristband, which is your invite to the party. Wearing your wristband helps others recognise you are a welcome guest who has donated towards expenses. See wristbands for where you can buy them.

Q: What is Swanage Blues Festival?
A: Swanage Blues Festival is a big town party with live blues-based music in 15 venues with 30 bands playing 60 gigs in March and October. Around 2,000 musicans and fans come from around the world for fun, friendship and fantastic music in a quaint seaside town. In recent years it’s regularly voted in the top five UK blues festivals. A support wristband is all you need to ensure you get a warm welcome. At the recent festival wristbands were only £15. 

Q: Is there a mailing list?
A: You can subscribe to a monthly email here. Additional emails may be sent with essential announcements in the weeks before a festival.

Q: Can we reserve seats?
A: You can reserve a table in the restaurants: Greyhound at Corfe Castle and Tawny’s in Swanage. Otherwise it’s first come, first served - so come early.

Q: Is it suitable for children or dogs?
A: It can be rather crowded and noisy so it will have to be your decision in conjunction with the venues. Each one is individually run and has its own code of practice. You are welcome to contact the venues and the Swanage Information Centre on 01929 766018 for further information.

Q: Is there a printed programme?
A: No, just a simple schedule of events available at the festival. The website has a schedule of who's on where and when, artists' and venues' information, posters, a map, videos, and how to join in the open mic and jam sessions.

Q: Do any of the venues have disabled access?
A: Yes. The Grand Hotel has ramped access and a disabled toilet; The Legion a disabled toilet; The Centre a disabled toilet separate to concert room and which is accessed via an outside ramp; The ConClub’s upstairs function room has a lift and a disabled toilet; The Showbar at the Mowlem is also upstairs with a lift and a disabled toilet. If you have any mobility or other problems or requirements, always check with the venues in advance.

Q: How do I get a paid gig?
A: Applications are only accepted when the team makes an announcement via the newsletter (subscribe here). Decisions are made in conjunction with promoters, venues, key assistants and organisers of other festivals - no correspondence can be entered into.

Q: How do I get to perform at the open mic and jam sessions?
A: Slots are not booked in advance, only at sessions. For jam sessions with Robin Bibi Band, please check in with Robin 30 minutes beforehand, and drummers must bring your own sticks. For jam sessions with Geoff, check in the time. For open mic sessions at the Red Lion, book in 30 minutes beforehand.

For any other questions please use the Contact form

* NOTE - Advice is purely subjective and Swanage Blues can not be held accountable. Always check for yourself to make sure.