by Dave Wood
The weather for the 2016 Diggle Blues Festival was glorious. The festival was a huge success with large crowds attending every gig.
During the past 6 years, approximately 60 bands or artists have appeared at the festival, so, in tribute, we invited back just a few of the most popular acts for this retrospective 7th year.
Musicians appearing this year were; Big Joe Bone, Blue Swamp, Half Deaf Clatch, Blues Train, Soft Shoe Sam, John Otway, Bad Back Blues Band, BluzeBox, Tom Attah, Usual Suspects UK, Mike Sweeney & Paddy O’Hare with the Collective.
Musicians have told us that the Diggle Blues Festival has built a good reputation on the festival circuit. Word has spread widely and we currently get nearly 400 applications a year to fill just 11 spots. It has become quite prestigious to grab a spot at Diggle. Musicians tell us that they like playing to audiences who actually listen to the music (rather than just a boozy noisy crowd). They also like the fact that they get paid on the day and are not tied down by contracts.
Many visitors have commented that Diggle is a friendly festival and a lovely part of the world..
Having staged the festival for 7 years, I am hoping, next year, to step down and let someone else run the event. It’s been a great experience and I’m very pleased that it has become as successful as it has.
For information relating to the 2017 festival check the Diggle Blues Festival facebook page in January 2017.
Click here to see a gallery of photographs taken at this tear’s festival.