Rebecca Downes
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#BigBluesFest 2018

Our fourth annual Big Blues Festival promises to be a weekend of great music, food & ale as we celebrate what rock, rhythm & blues has to offer. The line-up is as big as it is bold, with headliners Dr Feelgood & Ian Siegal, it’s a weekend you really don’t want to miss!

Buy Ticket Festival Ticket £48*

Buy Ticket Saturday Ticket £35*

*There is a booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone. Please note: there are no refunds or exchanges on any type of festival tickets.


Rebecca Downes

UK blues sensation Rebecca Downes is fast establishing herself as one of the star attractions amongst the new vanguard of blues performers in the UK, with her unique and powerful voice, drawing influences ranging from Blues and Soul to Jazz and Rock.

Winners of the Best Female Vocalist and Best Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards 2016, Birmingham (UK)-based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance.  With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original tracks from the EP Real Life, the highly-acclaimed debut album Back To The Start and the superb second album Believe, punctuated by a few classic covers.  The core of their music is the Blues, but they embrace elements of rock, soul, funk and jazz to deliver an exciting, passionate set.

Since her debut, Rebecca has toured the UK and Europe extensively, selling out clubs on the UK blues scene and supporting the likes of Blues rockers KING KING in the UK, and Norman Beaker in Europe, continuing to win the affections of her audiences and further establishing herself as one of the star attractions amongst the new vanguard of blues performers in the UK.

“Stevie Lange & Maggie Bell watch out, there’s a new player in town, she’s the real deal and she’s hungry.” – Blue Matters Magazine

“Something of a breath of fresh air.  Emotional, authentic songs that speak to the listener” – Blues Magazine

“Musically brilliant and vocally stunning and all from a young singer who one suspects could potentially be touching upon legend!” – Fireworks Magazine

“Blues, soul, jazz and rock are blended to perfection.” – Vive Le Rock Magazine

“One of the best debut albums by a female blues singer in years.” – Classic Rock Society Magazine

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Big Blues Festival 2018 at a glance

Friday 12 October
George Shovlin and George Lamb – 7.30pm-8.15pm (Winner of 2017 Little Blues Acoustic Stage)
Dr Feelgood – 8.35pm-10.30pm

Saturday 13 October
Tom C Walker – 12.30pm-1.30pm
Rebecca Downes – 2.15pm-3.15pm
Xander and the Peace Pirates – 4pm-5pm
Sam Kelly’s Station House – 6.30pm-7.30pm
Ian Siegal – 8pm-10pm

Blues Matters! Acoustic Stage
Mojo Hand – 1.30pm-2.15pm
Michael Woods – 3.15pm – 4pm
Rowland Jones – 5pm-5.45pm
Trevor ‘Babajack’ Stieger –  5.45pm-6.30pm

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