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24th Annual International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival 2023

Warrenpoint Beach, Warrenpoint, County Down, BT34 2BY
Blues on the Bay Festival 2023


24th anniversary celebrations for International Guinness® blues on the bay festival 2023

Warrenpoint has a new spring to its step for some blistering bank holiday blues!

Picturesque Warrenpoint is once again set to play host to some of the world's leading blues and jazz performers who are heading to the County Down town for the much awaited 24th International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival from 24 to 29 May 2023.

Sponsored by Diageo, the festival attracts thousands of music loving locals and tourists with many coming from across the globe to visit the renowned festival.

Celebrating its incredible 24th anniversary, the International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival will become every music fan's paradise this year as it hosts six days of over 60 free breath-taking blues and jazz gigs, music and jam sessions.

Featuring amazing international blues musicians from across the globe and closer to home, this award-winning festival grows from strength to strength!

This year, festival fans will be treated to a musical extravaganza featuring international blues legends including AJA, Mirenda Rosenberg, CrowBlackChicken, The Pat McManus Band, Ronnie Greer, The Sabrejets, Ken Haddock, Reverend Doc and The Unholy Gospel Band.

Other highlights include a 2-day Artisan food and craft market, a recording of BBC's Ralph McLean Show and a wealth of established Pros in the international blues festival circuit including: Ben Prevo, Mark S Black, Andy Whittaker Band, Willie Byrne, The Backbone Blues Band, Mark Braidner, Tony Villiers And The Villains, Allison McGrath, Light - 70's rock band, Sam Davidson's Taste, Timeline, Ben Reel Music, The NiteHawks, The Stonecold Hobo, The Davy K Project, Courtnay and John Giffin, Preacher Caseys, Keith Doran Band, Speedy Mullan Band, Celtic Delta, Rusty Jacks, The Jambalaya,The Red Hot Roosters, and The Bluez Katz Blues Band.

The festival also starts and ends with two fantastic Blues Jams!

Paul Callan, Diageo Northern Ireland, said; "The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival is an annual highlight for thousands of visitors from across Ireland and overseas. Guinness has been supporting the festival for the last 24 years and it is a great fit for our brand with talent, passion and fun always on show. At Diageo we are committed to playing our part in helping to expand Northern Ireland's tourism and hospitality.

The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival plays a key role in doing exactly that. We take great delight in seeing how the festival continues to evolve and special thanks must go to the bars, restaurants and hotels in Warrenpoint and the surrounding area for their help and continued support of Diageo and this event."

Commenting on the 2023 programme, Event Director, Ian Sands added; "There is definitely something for everyone at the International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, as we combine top class international jazz and blues performers alongside Warrenpoint's renowned restaurants and friendly hospitality hosts. Tourists coming to the event will be truly spoiled for choice, quality and top-notch blues music."

The 24th International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival is supported by Diageo Northern Ireland; Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and The Quays, Newry

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Find out more on Social media:  Previous festival photos here




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