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Upton Blues Festival


Upton Blues Festival 2016 was an absolute blast. With more visitors, more campers, more bands and just more of everything, even the weather came good to give 20,000+ visitors to the riverside town the weekend of the year.
The mainstage music across the three days was bigger and better with bands from the US, Canada, Finland and France as well as the ‘Best of British Blues’.
The campsite more than doubled the population of the town with over 3500 ‘short term residents’ in the site set up in Fish Meadow for the weekend.
And throughout the weekend, news about the festival, live performances, interviews and news of what happens in the area throughout the year was broadcast to the whole of Worcestershire through the events own FM radio station, the first blues festival in the UK ever to get an Ofcom broadcast license.
“We have been building the festival steadily over the last few years, creating an event through word of mouth that brings people to the town for excellent music, a wonderful relaxed atmosphere, and an annual meeting up of friends in music," said Grahame Bunn, the new Chair of the Volunteer Organising Committee. "The reaction from our visitors is overwhelming, whether its their first time or they've been to every one of the 15 festivals we've held."
"Each year we try to bring something new and this year it was opening the main stages earlier, making more crowd space on the Riverside, the first ever FM blues festival radio station and our world record attempt," he continued.
The world record attempt, to celebrate the £40,000 refurbishment of the town's tennis courts funded by the blues festival saw 363 people playing 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' on the swanee whistle. The Guinness Book of World Records has been sent all the evidence to ratify the attempt.
Upton Blues Festival is very unusual in that every performance and workshop is free to attend, and every band is properly paid and receives no public funding or sponsorship, yet it is profitable and, as a registered charity, is now putting money back into the local community through contributions like the refurbishment and the funding of schools workshops in seven schools throughout Worcestershire which culminated in a performance by all the students on the Riverside stage.
Next years festival dates are 21-23 July 2017 and more information on the festival is available at