29 Artists Taking Part In The 2022 Belfast City Blues Festival

Running from June 24-26, the Guinness Belfast City Blues Festival will be taking place in venues across the city, coming back in full swing after a virtual event in 2020 and a successful run in 2021/22 at The Guinness Blues Café at the Deer’s Head.


The three-day festival allows for both established and budding blues artists to demonstrate their talents across 24 venues, with audiences being able to pick from almost 70 gigs across the last weekend of June.


The Belfast Blues Festival 2022 is dedicated to the late Rab McCullough, Belfast blues legend, in addition to paying tribute to two of the festival’s major contributors over the years, Gregory “Murph The Blues Brother” McGeown and James “Jamesy” Carson.


This year, the Blues Festival is also supporting The People’s Kitchen, a Belfast-based charity which runs a food bank, delivers food to people in need all over the city, and supplies clothes and advice to families in need and those who are homeless.


Here are the 29 artists performing over the weekend:


1. The Rev Doc & The Flying Squad

Friday 24th June - Kelly's Cellars

3.30pm - 6.30pm | Free Admission

2. Crow Black Chicken

Friday 24th June - Black Box

8pm | Admission £13

3. The Ronnie Greer Band

Friday 24th June - Granny Annies

4pm - 6pm | Free Admission

4. Mike Wilgar & The Crack Pot Preachers


Friday 24th June - Ulster Sports Club

4.30pm - 7pm | Free Admission

5. Kick The Bucket Blues Band


Friday 24th June - The Dirty Onion

4.30pm - 6.30pm | Free Admission


Sunday 26th June - Ulster Sports Club

3.30pm - 6pm


6. Frank Carberry Blues Set


Friday 24th June - 2 Taps Restaurant

4.00pm - 6.30pm | Table Bookings Essential


Saturday 25th June - St George’s Market

11.00am - 2.30pm | Free Admission


7. Speedy Mullan Blues Band


Friday 24th June - Whites Garden

4.00pm - 6.30pm | Free Admission


Saturday 25th - The John Hewitt

3.30pm - 6pm | Free Admission


8. The Robin BiBi Band


Friday 24th - The John Hewitt

9.30pm - Late | Free Admission


Saturday 25th June – The Dirty Onion

4pm - 6.30pm | Free Admission


Saturday 25th June - Common Market

9pm - 11pm | Free Admission


Sunday 26th June - Granny Annies

4pm - 6pm | Free Admission


End Of Festival Wrap Party with Special Guests - all profits to The People's Kitchen

Sunday 26th June - The Deer’s Head

Doors 7pm | Admission £10


9. The Unholy Gospel Band


Friday 24th June - Common Market

6.30pm - 8.30pm | Free Admission


10. Otis & The Elevators


Friday 24th June - FLAXX…Social Village

6.30pm - 9pm | Free Admission


11. The Red Hot Roosters


Saturday 25th June - Kelly’s Cellars

3.30pm - 6pm | Free Admission


The Annual Rock n Roll Party

Sunday 26th - The John Hewitt

3pm - 6pm | Free Admission


12. The Pat McManus Band


Remembering Rory

Saturday 25th June - Black Box

Doors 1pm | Admission £14


13. Sam Davidson’s Taste


Remembering Rory

Saturday 25th June - Black Box

Doors 1pm | Admission £14


14. The Willie Byrne Band


Remembering Rory

Saturday 25th June - Black Box

Doors 1pm | Admission £14


15. Symply Skynyrd


Saturday 25th June - Black Box

Doors 8.30pm | Admission £12


16. The Rev Doc Duo


Dedicated to Rab McCullough

Saturday 25th June - Ramada By Wyndham

9pm - Late | Free Admission


17. The Chris Taplin Blues Band


Saturday 25th June - Granny Annies

4pm - 6pm | Free Admission


Saturday 25th June - 39 Gordon Street

8pm - 10.30pm | Free Admission


Sunday 26th June - The Dirty Onion

4pm - 6.30pm | Free Admission

18. Tony Villiers & The Villains


Saturday 25th June - The Deer’s Head

Doors 2pm | Admission £10


19. Backbone Blues Band


Saturday 25th June - Ulster Sports Club

4pm - 6.30pm


20. Davy Watson Solo


Saturday 25th June - 2 Taps Restaurant

4pm - 6.30pm | Table Bookings Essential


21. Ian Sands & The Blues Katz

Saturday 25th June - Whites Garden

3.30pm - 6pm | Free Admission


Sunday 26th June - 39 Gordon Street

4pm - 6.30pm | Free Admission


22. The Ronnie Greer Band Featuring Anthony Toner


Saturday 25th June - FLAXX…Social Village

4.30pm - 7pm | Free Admission


23. The Sabrejets


Sunday 26th June - Kelly’s Cellars

3.30pm - 6pm | Free Admission


24. LIGHT


Belfast's Finest - An Afternoon With The Amazing LIGHT

Sunday 26th June - Black Box

Doors 1pm | Admission £10

25. Dom Martin & His Band


Sunday 26th June - The Deer’s Head

Doors 2pm | Admission £12


26. Brian Mc Kenna’s Swing Tribute


Sunday 26th June - St George’s Market

11.00am - 2.30pm | Free Admission


27. Terry Sharpe & Co


Sunday 26th June - 2 Taps Restaurant

4.00pm - 6.30pm | Table Booking Essential


28. Taylor Sisk & Co


Soul R&B Review

Sunday 26th June - Whites Garden

3.30pm - 6pm | Free Admission


29. The Lee Hedley Band

Sunday 26th June - Common Market

1.30pm - 3.30pm | Free Admission


For more information, festival listings and tickets log onto belfastcitybluesfest.com or connect with the Belfast City Blues Festival official Facebook page.

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