BUDE BLUES, RHYTHM AND ROCK FESTIVAL
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