SEE YOU NEXT YEAR 21ST - 23RD JULY 2023

BIGGEST FREE BLUES FESTIVAL IN THE UK

UPTON UPON SEVERN, WORCESTERSHIRE

A BIG THANK YOU

 

Three long years but – boy, was it worth the wait! Glorious sunshine, great music, happy campers and that wonderful atmosphere that makes Upton Blues a unique event.

 

It was uplifting to hear so many positive comments about how well organised the event is, about the standard of the camp site and about the fantastic array of artists who had come to entertain you: so often, we only hear about things people don’t like!

 

It’s a relatively small team that puts UBF together and makes it happen: committee members, riggers, electricians, carpenters, graphic designers, fellow publicans, volunteers various, security people to keep you all safe – the list goes on and on. I’d like to thank them all for going above and beyond to make sure the festival had a fabulous return in 2022.

 

I’d like to pay tribute to our visitors, the overwhelming majority of whom show our town and its people great respect, who stick to the rules and who tidy up after themselves: without you, none of this would happen. We heard so many artists expressing their gratitude to you for turning out to support live music, which was dealt a hefty blow by the pandemic.

 

But most of all, I’d like to thank the people who live here in our special little town for showing their tolerance and support: the origins of the festival lie in trying to bring cash into Upton, to benefit the the town as a whole. We never expected the event to grow as it has over the years. We know it causes disruption for a few days and not everyone loves it – we are greatly indebted to all of you for keeping calm and carrying on!

 

As the circus leaves town, I hope you will all reflect on a festival which brought great musicians to the stage, vintage aeroplanes to the skies, and smiles to so many faces - young and old.

 

We might just do it all again next year…

 

My heartfelt thanks,

 

Grahame

UBF Festival Chair

July 2022

Hi Everyone,

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well at this time. We have all been touched by this terrible virus in one way or another and especially those who have lost loved ones or been left severely debilitated, all of us at Upton Blues Festival would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies.

NEWS

ABOUT UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL 2022

After two years of no UBF, we are so happy to be back in 2022, bigger and better than ever and celebrating our 20th anniversary to boot!  NEW for the campers in 2022  - we are opening the campsite on Wednesday before the weekend, this way you can get pitched up early, get settled in and ready for the weekend, then you can chill &  relax. Also NEW at no extra cost to campers we are not closing it until the Tuesday after the weekend, this way you can avoid the departing crowds  because you do not have to rush to leave on masse Monday morning, you can take your time and experience the town on the Monday without the hustle-and-bustle of the festival crowds and then leave on Tuesday feeling stress free and relaxed. We are giving the Monday night camping option totally free, look at it as our Brucie Bonus!

THE FUTURE

The Upton Blues Festival committee are unanimous in being determined to keep the spirit of the festival alive, front and centre for when we can all get back together on the stages, in the campsites, the pubs and on the streets. The UBF committee isn't going to take the ravages of Covid 19 lying down! 

All the bands booked in on all main stages who very kindly agreed to transfer their contracts from 2021 into 2022. We are again in partnership with Andy Loo's and will have the usual high quality toilet & showers with attendants available 24/7. Again new this year in partnership with Hobsons Brewery will also have the campsite stage, bar, restaurant and other fantastic stalls which will only be available to the campers, as well as this we will be offering a campers discount on the official program and official merchandise, we are also looking at other campers discounts to make available exclusively to you over the weekend. We have simplified our campsite pricing structure as well, it is now a straight £15 per person per night. Don't forget all the amazing music is absolutely free to watch, there is no entry charge to any venue or main stage anywhere in the town. 

Directed by Frazer Sheppard and the backing music is written and performed by the fabulous Stone Mountain Sinners.

CAMPING

Camping tickets will be available later in the year - campsite will open on Wednesday 19th and will close Tuesday 25th July 2023!

HEADLINERS

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2023

DOCUMENTARY

Watch the first Chapter of an ongoing documentary project "An oral History of the Upton Blues Festival". Do you remember the floods of 2007? Did you make it to Upton?

Episode 1

2007 Upton Blues Link

 

 

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