York is going to get a big dose of the blues next year.

York band DC Blues has talked about staging a blues festival in their home city for a while.

They were spurred in to action following some devastating news when a very close friend and their partner tragically lost their baby at birth.


As friends they felt helpless but knew they could attempt to do something positive – and music is something they are good at.

The York Blues Festival will donate all profits to the Charlies Angel Centre Foundation who do fantastic work in providing counselling and supporting bereaved parents.

Huge interest


After putting out a message on social media there was an “astounding amount of interest” from people who wanted to attend, said Paul Winn of DC Blues.

York Blues Festival
  • Sat Apr 6 2019 1pm-11pm
  • Crescent Community Venue
  • £12.50 (adv), £15 (otd)
  • More details

And there were more than 200 applications from blues bands from all over the world who wanted to play.

The bands playing the first festival are:

  • Mike Darwin
  • Steve Fulsham Band
  • Soulcasters
  • TC Blues Band
  • Groove-a-Matics
  • Dogfinger Steve
  • Emma Wilson Blues Band
  • Miles Gilderdale
  • DC Blues
  • The Achievers (headlining)


DC Blues are looking for local companies to either sponsor the bands or donate raffle prizes as there will be a prize draw on the day.

The organisers can be contacted either through their Facebook page – or by emailing yorkbluesfest@gmail.com.