National artists to appear at Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Festival

Nine Below Zero.

The Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Festival is set to return to the town this Friday for three days.

The mostly free event will see one of the biggest line-ups yet of R ‘n’ B bands and acts from across the country and beyond perform in town centre venues including the market square, local pubs and, for the first time, Darlington’s Riverside Park.

The main part of the festival will take part on Sunday, September 16 when national and international bands including Midnite Johnny, Connie Lush Band, Nine Below Zero and Frankie Miller’s Full House, will take to the main stage between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.

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Alongside these, music lovers can chill beside the river in Riverside Park and listen to Mojo Hand Band, Pat McMahon Band and Groove-A-Matics from 2-6pm.

Throughout the afternoon on Sunday until 10.15pm, a further 20 bands will be playing in town centre pubs and venues including the Dolphin Centre, Voodoo café, The Quakerhouse, the Pennyweight. The Boot & Shoe, The Hole in the Wall, Joseph Pease Bar, Hoskin’s Bar, The Old English Gentleman, Number One Bar, Joe’s Bar, The Woollen Mill and Avalon.

Pre-festival bands on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 include Malone Sibun Band, The Blueswater, Erik & The Vikings, The Sugar B’s and Lewis Hamilton band performing at The Forum Music Centre and The Quakerhouse.

The event has been organised by Darlington Borough Council in conjunction with Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues club and Gastro promotions.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “The R ’n’ B Festival goes from strength to strength with a fantastic line up of bands and venues every year.

“All events are free so, even if you don’t think you’re a fan of R ‘N’ B, you’ve got nothing to lose by coming down and dropping in on a live gig or two while enjoying a drink or two with friends and family.

“Darlington is a vibrant town centre and this event will add to the vibe whilst attracting visitors from far and wide.”

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