Southport’s Big Blues Festival is Back!

Southport’s Big Blues Festival is Back!

This October get ready to welcome the Blues line-up of the year – here at The Atkinson, Sefton’s home of music!

On stage this year we have; Mike Sanchez and his Band, Wille and the Bandits, The Jar Family, LaVendore Rogue and Chris Bevington & Friends. Plus last year’s Little Acoustic Stage winner – Benjamin Bassford, who opens up for Friday’s  headliner Revolutionaires!

The Big Blues Fest is only in its third year but year on year we raise our profile as one of the key blues festivals in the UK. This year we would like ask local pubs and clubs that are programming gigs across the 2 days Friday 6-Saturday 7 October to let us know so we can also promote them on our website and start to create a town-wide feel to the festival.

Emma Lloyd, Principal Manager Programmes at The Atkinson said:

“Every year we are thrilled by the feedback we receive and the festival cannot come round quick enough for us – everyone that attends is always in great spirits and we love sharing the weekend with them!

This festival has the capacity to become one of the very best in the UK and the best way to do this, is for it to become a town-wide festival, engaging with pubs, bars and hotels that have gigs under the blues banner. The more people we can attract into the town, to spend the night, and to eat in the many top quality restaurants, the better.”

If you would like to promote your event as part of the Big Blues Festival fringe – please email details to Please note: the event must be blues, rhythm or rock n’roll and there must be a link to information included in the email.

Once again the festival would like to thank its fantastic sponsors Blues Matters Magazine who are returning to programme the free Little Blues Acoustic Stage in the foyer.

Big Blues Festival comes to The Atkinson on Friday 6 – Saturday 7 October. Gig tickets for the headliners The Revolutionaires (£15) and Mike Sanchez and his Band (£18) are availableEarly bird festival tickets are £40 until end of June (£48 from 1 July onwards).

If you buy a festival ticket to can also get a ticket to The Stumble (25 November) for £10 until the Early Bird ticket offer finishes on 30 June. That’s a lot of Blues for your money!

To book your tickets, please visit or call our Box Office team on 01704 533 333.



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#BigBluesFestival : At a Glance


Friday 6 October

7.30pm – 8.15pm Benjamin Bassford (support)

8.35pm – 10.30pm Revolutionaires / Event Details


Saturday 7 October

12.30pm – 1.30pm Chris Bevington & Friends / Event Details

2.15pm – 3.15pm LaVendore Rouge / Event Details

4pm – 5pm Wille and The Bandits / Event Details

Break for food and refreshments

6pm – 7.30pm The Jar Family / Event Details

8.15 – 10.15pm Mike Sanchez & His Band / Event Details


Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office



About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. The stunning 19th century buildings were refurbished in 2013 to create a really welcoming family friendly multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


Find out about Sefton’s heritage with amazing tales of the sea, Red Rum, Dan Dare and Motor racing in the Museum and then ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’   in our Egyptology Gallery, this remarkable collection of archaeology was  discovered by Mrs Goodison from Bootle and until 2015 had not been seen for over 40 years.


Posted on 13 June 2017 under General news

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