Belfast City Blues Festival Making Waves For 10th Anniversary

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THE annual Belfast City Blues Festival will once again see the music take to the waves for the Blues On The Boat aboard the Lagan Boat Company’s Mona.

Blues On The Boat

Local blues legend Ronnie Greer will headline the final cruise of the 2018 festival on July 1. Music, food and drinks will be served on board a total of four cruises with top performers playing including Rab McCullough, the Rev Doc, the Lee Hedley Band and the Red Hot Roosters taking to the stage.

The cruises are now a regular feature of the Belfast City Blues Festival, which is celebrating its tenth year with over 60 gigs across 22 venues from June 29 – July 1.

One of the biggest blues festivals on the island, with headline sponsors American Holidays and Brand USA, it has a now loyal following flocking to the city for this celebration of blues music roots and present day incarnations.

Packed Schedule

Opening the cruise schedule on Friday June 29 is the rock ‘n’ roll fun of The Red Hot Roosters – guaranteeing a fun evening to kick things off. Saturday afternoon sees Rab McCullough and the Rev Doc – two great players, top tunes and afternoon not be forgotten.

Pictured is local blues legend The Rev Doc. Credit: Tony Murray/Excalibur Press/Belfast City Blues Festival.

Local blues legend The Rev Doc.
Credit: Tony Murray/Excalibur Press/Belfast City Blues Festival.

That same evening sees the return of Lee Hedley & Co, bringing tasty licks to accompany the tasty food aboard the Mona. Concluding with Ronnie Greer the Blues On The Boat cruises have always proved popular, with the music, drink, food and craic making it essential to book early.

More Than Just Fun

Festival Director Seamus O’Neill said: “The Blues On The Boat events are more than just fun, they’re a chance to catch up with friends old and new and listen to some great music. This year we’ve some of the best known names in local music appearing at the Blues On Boat series so they’re promising to be a real highlight of the festival.”

Each cruise lasts two hours and complimentary food and drinks are included in the £35 ticket price.

American Holidays returns once again as key sponsor, in partnership with Brand USA, as well as United Airlines and Belfast City Council.

For more information log onto www.belfastcityblues.com or connect with the Belfast City Blues Festival official Facebook page.

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