Bury St Edmunds/Thetford: The Red Rooster Blues Festival comes to west Suffolk

Red Rooster Blues Festival launches - Euston Hall Suffolk

Red Rooster Blues Festival launches - Euston Hall Suffolk - Credit: Contributed

A premier festival for rhythm and blues, Americana, soul, roots and country music has unveiled its lineup.

The Red Rooster Blues Festival launches at Euston Hall, between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford, later this year. Highlights at the event, which takes place between September 13 and 15, include the first-ever UK performance from multi-award-winning blues legend Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins.

The 74-year-old, who has played with the likes of James Brown B.B. King and Ray Charles, was also part of the all-star Women of the Blues “Hot Mamas” tour in 1998.

Chicago-based Jamie N Commons will also play the festival, while Dublin-based brothers Hudson Taylor, The Riptide Movement, St Paul and The Broken Bones and Jesse Dee will all feature.

BBC 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews said: “The UK doesn’t have an equivalent of the legendary New Orleans or Newport Jazz Festivals; this being music made to be performed live, the idea of a real Rhythm and Blues Festival such as Red Rooster will create a great excitement, with both audience and live acts queuing up to be there.”

All food and drink on offer will be based around the theme of the Deep South too, from barbecues to jambalaya and a farmers’ market will also be in full flow.

Adult Roosters are £100 for the weekend, while Little Roosters (under-12s) get in free.

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For more information on prices and tickets see www.redrooster.org.uk