Swanage Blues


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Q: What is Swanage Blues Festival?
A: It started as a birthday party in March 2001 and grew and grew. It is now a big town blues party taking place twice a year in around 15 venues, attracting visitors and performers from around the world. In recent years it’s regularly been voted among the the top five UK blues festivals.

Q: Are tickets needed?
A: You don’t have tickets to a party! Just a support wristband. Your wristband is your invite to the party. Wearing your wristband helps others recognise why you’re here and that you’ve donated towards the expenses. You can buy one or more, it’s up to you. Most people buy two. 

Q: Can we reserve seats?
A: You are recommended to 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: Yes, available to order soon. The website is being updated and will have an interactive map, videos, posters, information about venues and artists, a schedule of who's on where and when, and how to join in the open mic and jam sessions.

Q: Do any of the venues have disabled access?
A: If you have any mobility or other problems or requirements, always check with the venues in advance. 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 and a disabled toilet.

Q: Is there a mailing list?
A: You can subscribe to a monthly email on the website. Additional emails will only be sent for essential announcements and usually only in the weeks before a festival.

Q: How do I get a paid gig?
A: Applications are not accepted all year round, only when an announcement is made via the newsletter and Facebook. 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.

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