Upton Blues Festival Wins Best Worcestershire Festival Award

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The Upton Blues Festival, which attracts around 15,000 people to Upton upon Severn, has won the Best Festival 2014 Award in the Visit Worcestershire Awards For Excellence.

The Upton Blues Festival, which attracts around 15,000 people to Upton upon Severn, has won the Best Festival 2014 Award in the Visit Worcestershire Awards For Excellence.

The festival, which completely swamps the riverside town with blues fans for a weekend in July each year, is the largest completely free blues festival in the UK. With two main stages at either end of the town, an Acoustic Stage and nine pub and boat stages, the festival has over 100 performances across the weekend from a broad range of blues related styles from acoustic to New Orleans, front porch to blues rock, old soul to gospel.

“The Upton Blues Festival has grown organically from a small event in the pubs to one of the best blues festivals in the UK through the application of a small group of volunteer organisers,” said Grahame Bunn, Volunteer Committee Member. “We now have over 2000 campers, people who travel from across the country every year, and people who discover us new each time as the fame of the festival grows.”

“The event brings lots of happiness to lots of people and lots of visitors to Worcestershire,” he continued. “Its a festival that is rooted in the streets of Upton upon Severn, and the town plays a fundamental part in the atmosphere.”

UptonSportsFieldUpton Blues Festival now generates around £500,000 of income for the town over the weekend and it is completely self funded with no public funding or big name sponsorships.

The 2015 Upton Blues Festival happens on the 17-19 July next year. Visit http://www.uptonbluesfestival.org.uk for more information.

The Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence are organised by Visit Worcestershire which leads the development of the county as a centre of tourism.UptonRiveside

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