There are truly great blues festivals all over the country. Particularly when spring turns to summer the festivals start popping off. If I didn’t include your cities blues festival in this list, I apologize there is only so much room on the list!
The Top Blues Festivals
Keep in mind these are in no particular order. All of these festivals are excellent events that come highly recommend.
- Chicago can boast that they have the largest free blues festival in the world. Generally, I think the idea of free festivals is a bit mickey mouse. Usually, the quality suffers because they can’t pay enough big acts to show up. This couldn’t be farther from the truth with the Chicago Blues Festival. This free three day event has attracted some of the biggest names in blues including BB King and Ray Charles.This is the perfect way to kick off your summer blues fest tour. It usually takes place in early-mid June which means the temperature is just heating up.The festival attracts over half a million people each year to check out the biggest names in Blues. It’s pretty incredible they never started charging gate for this festival as it’s an exceptional experience and event. Perhaps one day they’ll start charging, until then enjoy the free Blues.
- Byron Bay hosts a terrific five day event that is truly one of the world’s best Blues festival. Scratch that, it’s one of the best festivals period. It’s an absolute hoot and if you’re a die hard blues fan getting to the Byron Bay blues fest before you pass is a must. That’s a big bucket list item for a big blues fan.The experience is a little bit different because of the camping aspect. Bring everything you would expect to bring camping, a flashlight in case nature calls at night, a good tent, an air mattress or Thermarest, warm clothing and bug spray are also musts. Byron Bays festival is truly located in an amazing setting.
- Upton Blues Festival is a completely different experience. It literally happens on the streets of Upton which is located in the UK. The entire town pretty well shuts down for this event and like the Chicago Blues Festival it is entirely free. The venues are provided by local pubs and the city allows them to play in various locations around time.You can also camp at this festival if that’s your thing. Otherwise, you can book hotels around the town which are exceptionally convenient
These are just three of the many great festivals that happen all over the world. Googling “Blues Festival + Your Town/City” will bring up a few local ones if you’re just getting into the blues scene.