BUDE BLUES, RHYTHM AND ROCK FES­TI­VAL

Cornwall Life - - COUNTRYSIDE LIFE -

The week­end-long Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Fes­ti­val of­fers a trip down mem­ory lane with three great head­line acts – Dutch band Fo­cus, English rock­ers Wish­bone Ash and, from Den­mark, Thor­b­jørn Ris­ager and the Black Tor­nado.

This year the fes­ti­val leaves Il­fra­combe in Devon to re­lo­cate 17 miles down the road at Pen­stowe Manor near Bude.

To cel­e­brate the move, the line-up prom­ises to be the most am­bi­tious since the fes­ti­val’s in­cep­tion and cer­tainly the most geo­graph­i­cally di­verse with nearly 20 acts from around the world.

Fo­cus need no in­tro­duc­tion to any­one grow­ing up in the Seven­ties with their unique brand of pro­gres­sive rock which in­cluded huge in­ter­na­tional hits Ho­cus Po­cus, House of The King and Sylvia. They are back with their tenth al­bum and still led by charis­matic found­ing mem­ber Thijs Van Leer.

Wish­bone Ash re­main one of the most en­dur­ing and pop­u­lar bands in Bri­tish

Rock af­ter 49 years on the road and with mil­lions of al­bum sales fea­tur­ing their iconic twin-gui­tar sound and clas­sics tracks such as The King Will Come and Throw Down The Sword. Thor­b­jørn Ris­ager and The Black Tor­nado are young­sters by com­par­i­son, hav­ing been to­gether for 14 years. They have been called one of the most suc­cess­ful blues and roots bands in Europe.

Also on the bill over the week­end are Ayns­ley Lis­ter, Grainne Duffy (Ire­land), Steve Hill (Canada), The Luke Do­herty Band (Wales), Erja Lyyti­nen (Fin­land) and, from Amer­ica, the Billy Wal­ton Band and Light­nin’ Wil­lie and The Poor Boys.

Pen­stowe Manor in Kilkhamp­ton of­fers self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and free park­ing.

Book on­line at soli­den­ter­tain­ments.com

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