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Maryport set for giant blues party as annual festival begins

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Maryport’s annual blues festival, which starts today.

Maryport youth blues photo
Maryport youth blues festival was held yesterday. Photo: Carrie Brogden

The town’s hotels and bed and breakfasts are booked up over the three-day festival, which is in its 15th year.

Maryport Festivals Committee, which runs the event, expects up to 25,000 people to attend.

Headline acts are ex-Whitesnake guitarist and blues legend Bernie Marsden, who will perform on the marquee stage at Maryport Rugby League Club and The Quireboys, who will be on the outdoor stage tomorrow.

There will be at least 30 bands in pubs and others performing in the streets.

Trail wristbands, which cost £6 a day or £15 for the weekend, are on sale at Her Citi, Simply Food and Drink, Maryport News, Grasslot Welfare Club, Lake District Coast Aquarium, the Fireplace Centre and Tidal Reach, and the Maryport Blues Festival shop in Senhouse Street.

The marquee stage yesterday hosted a youth blues festival with performances from acts comprising young musicians.

More youth blues photos on the News & Star Facebook page

Have your say

I agree with Kevin.
Why's it called a blues festival?
Can't remember the last time an actual blues artist appeared .......oh wait Marc Almond haha
Wouldn't waste my money

Posted by Bobbytt on 27 July 2013 at 11:44

Sorry lads but £67 for a ticket to see a bunch of nobodys is not good value in my eyes. that would get you two top acts in concert in newcastle or manchester.
I would totally love to go back, ive been going since its inception, but you have to get at least one big name at least.
Best of luck to it but not my bag anymore im afraid.

Posted by kevin on 27 July 2013 at 10:45

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