News: First big UK rock festivals of 2017 – GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES and GIANTS OF ROCK (January 2017)

In his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 8 January, David Randall previewed the Butlins Big Weekends: The Great British Rock & Blues Festival and Giants Of Rock

STEVE HARLEY - Giants Of Rock, Minehead, Somerset, 29-31 January 2016

Two major rock events get 2017 underway in terms of the festival calendar.

The Great British Rock & Blues Festival weekend, is held at the Butlins resort in Skegness, Lincolnshire from Friday 20th to Monday 23rd January 2017.

Amongst the acts appearing (rock stage) are Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Top Topham’s Early Yardbirds whilst the blues stage welcomes Billy Boy Miskimmin, The Blues Band, Paul Jones & Dave Kelly, Lil’ Jimmy Reed, Toronzo Cannon and Moreland & Arbuckle amongst others.

Tickets are priced from £99.

More information

Festival review (January 2016)

Selected interviews (opens link to Mixcloud page)

Nine Below Zero (September 2016)
Joanne Shaw Taylor (September 2015)
Toronzo Cannon (April 2016)
Popa Chubby (December 2016)
Rainbreakers (February 2016)
Moreland & Arbuckle (July 2016)
Laurence Jones (August 2016)

Steve Hackett, photo by Simon Dunkerley

The following weekend, Giants Of Rock takes place at Butlins resort in Minehead, Somerset from Friday 27th to Monday 30th January 2017.

Steve Hackett headlines the event which also includes Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull, John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest, Popa Chubby, Gun, Bernie Marsden, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Phil Campbell’s All Star Band.

Hackett’s appearance at the event comes ahead of his run of UK and Ireland tour dates, which kick off in Dublin on April 26.

Tickets are priced from £85 per person.

More information

Festival review (January 2016)

Selected interviews (opens link to Mixcloud page)

Steve Hackett (October 2014)
Rebecca Downes (August 2016)
Bernie Marsden (July 2014)
Bernie Torme (February 2016)
Troy Redfern (December 2016)


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Power Plays w/c 11 September


JASPER SLOAN YIP The Day Passed And The Sun Went Down (Afterlife Music/Membran)
THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER Get Ready (Tonic Records)
TWISTER 64 White Lies (indie)
LOVER Fallen Famous (indie)
WAYWARD SONS I Don’t Wanna Go (Frontiers)
OTIS Blind Hawg (Cleopatra Records)
THE BRONSONS Girl From Outer Space (indie)


Featured Albums w/c 11 September (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 MIDNITE CITY Midnite City (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 WAYWARD SONS Ghosts Of Yet To Come (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 THE DEADLY WINTERS Ravynstoun (indie)



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