Friday Night is “Blues and Beer” Night

So the secret is out - “The Blues is Back in town”. Friday Night’s fabulously rocking feel is going to be delivered by experts !!

Rugfest is absolutely delighted to be partnering with the “Blues and Beer” festival gurus to deliver a simply stunning evening of entertainment from these aficionados of all things blues and beautiful. The Blues team have been creating sweet music for 28 years and in true ‘rock n roll style’ Wallingford Blues & Beer Festival will be rising from the ashes thanks to a partnership with Rugfest. The true spirit of Wallingford pulling together lives on...

Losing its 26 year venue in 2017 (the old Regal cinema near the town centre), was a massive blow to this long-standing event. Notwithstanding that the festival incurred considerable losses rendering it without any reserves to invest in a new site. Such a shame after giving away over £40,000 to local charities since its inception...

As the festival’s notoriety has grown over the years, and created a huge impression nationally on the UK blues scene, it’s no wonder that the call from both local townsfolk and blues fans countrywide to re-establish the festival has been heart-warming. Rugfest are overjoyed to offer our Blues Brothers & Sisters the opportunity to host the festival for one night on Friday 21st June 2019…. a night that could ensure the future of the event for at least another 26 years.

For more information about the Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival click here.

Climax Blues Band

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It's a huge coup for our Blues buddies to engage these consummate musical professionals at our comeback festival. This headline band is as worthy as those the last six sell-out nights of Wallingford’s Blues and Beer Festival.

Formed in the late 60's, and peaking at no. 3 in the charts with the worldwide hit 'Couldn't get it Right' in 1977, this classic British blues band has been producing music for 50 years with 21 albums to their credit.

Whilst preserving a consistent line-up since the 1980's their latest album, "Hands of Time", was released as recently as January 2019 to great critical acclaim and new songs will no doubt be featured along with their vast catalogue of favourites.

Papa George

From under his pork-pie hat, Papa George dishes out slices of choicest blues. With bottleneck virtuosity and slip-sliding riffs on a National steel guitar, he cuts the sound dead before launching his next astonishing run. At his last appearance in 2014 he brought a combination of his own songs and big blues tunes like Honky Tonk Woman, played on a Fender Strat.

Hip Route

If ever there was a band that could effortlessly put cool back into cool it’s these guys.

Rootsie, groovy and foot-tapping is why they’ve shared stages with the likes of Reef, Hoosiers, Toploader, Alabama 3, James Morrison etc etc

This is a great opportunity to see them on their way up and fresh from their fourth album, and a tribute to the Blues team that they’ve agreed to close the comeback event.