Carlisle Blues Festival Update

Posted on: Thursday, Nov 6, 2008


With less than three weeks to go until Carlisle’s biggest ever Blues celebration at the Swallow Hilltop, the hotel has sold out of rooms. But there are still tickets available for the weekend and a limited number of day tickets have just been released.

The event takes place over the weekend of 21st, 22nd and 23rd November and features more than 20 hours of top quality music from over 50 great musicians. It’s attracting visitors from all over the UK and such is the success of the event, organisers are now booking visitors who require accommodation in to the Lakes Court Hotel in the city centre.

Jim Murray, the General Manager of the Swallow Hilltop says “the response from the first advertisement was amazing and we have now sold all rooms for the Friday and Saturday, and are offering a very special deal, for anyone wanting to add the Sunday night onto their stay.  We are constantly getting phone calls and people visiting the hotel to buy tickets and it’s great to be involved in something local and so successful, especially during the current economic climate.  We are looking forward to hosting the Blues Festival this year, and with the response there has been, it will hopefully continue next year.”

Music promoter and organiser Nick Westgarth says “it’s my mission to convince anyone who enjoys any form of music that they will enjoy the excitement and quality of a live blues gig. People often say to me that they didn’t realise it was blues!”

Headlined by the world renowned Sherman Robertson on Saturday 22nd November – a Texan tornado with energy, great guitar chops and a wonderful soulful voice. Other headliners include one of Britain’s most respected R&B bands Nine Below Zero (Friday 21st) and Sunday (23rd) night sees Matt Schofield take top billing.

There are a lot of other acts performing during the weekend including Ian Siegal, Aynsley Lister, the Olly Alcock Band featuring Roz Sluman, Rab McCullough, Jon Amor, Nicky Moore’s Blues Corporation, Kyla Brox, The Two Timers, Guy Tortora and Sean Webster.

Price –     Full weekend tickets £75
Friday £25 only
Saturday £35 only for both sessions over the full day
Sunday £20 only
Weekend including 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast £165 at the Lakes Court Hotel

Booking forms for tickets are available from: (download)
and from the following:  – on request  – on request

Swallow Hilltop Hotel – T –  01228 529255

Further information:
Telephone contact:
Nick Westgarth (organiser): T – 01228 409795   M – 07725 801582

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