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Welcome to our festival website, it now appears that the 8th Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival will finally take place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 July 2021.

Whilst the Government have indicated that there may be no need for any social distancing during July we will still be monitoring the position and taking as much care as possible to ensure that everyone is confident to attend.

All seating will be set out cabaret style as per usual and we will initially limit the total number of tickets for sale so please book early in case we are unable to add any further tickets.

Tickets are now on sale but only through this website. If you are planning to attend with a group of friends and wish to sit together it is advisable to book all of your tickets under one name. 

Please do bear in mind that we absorb all booking fees and that all tickets will be fully refunded should the festival be cancelled due to COVID-19 issues or indeed due to any unavoidable issues.

Our ticket prices are based on the cost it takes to put the festival on, even with the benefit of our wonderful sponsors, and we sincerely hope that you agree that our festival delivers value for money. 

Please remember that our weekender tickets guarantee entry to all festival events including Sunday evening. The only certain way of guaranteeing entry to the Sunday evening is to buy a weekender ticket.

Individual tickets for the Sunday evening ( if any ) will only be made available a week before the event as Sponsors and holders of weekender tickets take priority.

The festival format will be exactly as in recent years with Friday and Saturday evenings 7.30 to 11.15 approx. set out cabaret style in the Weald Hall of Uckfield Civic Centre. On Sunday the action moves to The Highlands Inn with a free afternoon session outside in the grounds of the pub. On Sunday evening the restaurant is given over to the festival and entry is by ticket only. Please note that if you want to be certain of attending the Sunday evening you will need to buy a weekender ticket ( see above ).

This year we are delighted to welcome lots of new faces to Uckfield, including Elles Bailey and Band, TheAchievers and The Cinelli Brothers all of whom featured in the 2020 UK Blues Federations nominations with Ellesvoted best blues artist and also winning the best album award. The best band award went to Catfish who just happen to be our headline act for Saturday – these guys have deservedly achieved massive success in the last few years with the outstanding Matt Long  ( already a legend at such a young age ! ) voted best instrumentalist.

Friday night includes two other newcomers to Uckfield in the form of the Brighton based Mike Ross Band and Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes. Paul Lamb has achieved legendary status as one of the world’s finest harmonica players and we are delighted that he and his sensational band are able to join us. The Saturday evening will feature the Stevie Watts Organ Trio together with rising star Alice Armstrong. 

Sunday afternoon sees a feast of talent featuring King Size Slim, Fran McGillivary & Mike Burke, The Joel White Band, Sam Brothers and The Cinelli Brothers.

Sunday evening features The Long Runners ( ft. Eddie Armer ), The Blues and Grooves Band and headlining is Oliver Darling. Oliver Darling may be a new name to some of you but rest assured he is an amazing young musician who has toured with Mike Sanchez and more recently Imelda May – he will be performing a solo set of some old and not so old classic blues numbers and will then be rocking it up with The Blues and Grooves guys to end the evening. 

We would like to recognise all of the outstanding efforts of our NHS workers and other essential services workers and indeed the scientists (who have produced the vaccines ) over the last year which have given us all hope of returning to some normality. In the scheme of things live music may not be high on most peoples’ list of priorities but we know that it makes a big difference to many people and indeed music in general is a great therapy and very important to our mental health.

We would like to pay tribute here to three of the festival’s long-term supporters, Nick  Giddings (sponsor via Chichester Caravans ), Ros Hamblett ( fan and music friend ) and Bill Footman ( musician and mentor to many ) who have sadly passed away during the last year. Bill was to have been part of this year’s festival playing drums with the Blues and Grooves band and his spirit will no doubt be with us.

As always, we are indebted to our sponsors for their continued support and also to the Uckfield Civic Centre

https://www.civiccentreuckfield.com/  and The Highlands Inn  https://highlandsinn.co.uk/  for hosting our events.