Lichfield Arts

Blues & Jazz Festival 2021

20/21/22 August

Welcome to the Blues & Jazz Festival 2021

Rescheduled from June, the Blues & Jazz festival will take place over the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd August. It seems only yesterday that the idea of a blues and jazz festival was suggested back in 1990 and now over 30 years and at least 300 bands later we still offer blues and jazz fans a varied programme of top class national musicians and excellent regional bands in our delightful cathedral city.

After missing the festival in 2020 due to the pandemic, this year we celebrate the 30th Lichfield Arts Blues & Jazz festival. Jazz fans can enjoy music from traditional, gypsy jazz to swing plus funk and big band to the wonderful music of Stevie Wonder. Blues fans can enjoy the popular and distinctive rocky blues of the Rebecca Downes Band, good time blues from The Goodfellas, the mind-blowing soulful blues of rising star Georgia van Etten and everyone’s favourite, the Emma Jonson Band. Sunday will see a more acoustic day with the evergreen Steve Ajao plus Blue Void and to finish off the more rocky, local favourites Alfi Romeo Band. Main venues for the festival will again be Lichfield Guildhall and the George Hotel.

Our intended line up so far

We are working hard to deliver a stunning line up of blues and jazz for this years festival and we will announce further additions to the line up very soon! For now, here is a taster of what we have planned for our 30th Lichfield Arts Blues & Jazz Festival. Please note artists and timings are subject to change. 

Emma Jonson Band

Emma Jonson is widely recognised as one of the must see blues pianists in the UK, having quickly built a reputation as an energetic, exciting and charismatic performer.

When performing live, her songs takes on a life of their own with adventurous arrangements and solos, not only from herself but her dynamic and accomplished band members.

Working alongside some of the UK’s top musicians, Emma gives an unforgettable live performance.

Steve Ajao

Steeped in the Blues and Jazz all his life, Birmingham guitarist Steve Ajao and his Blues Giants have been thrilling audiences for over 30 years.

Steve is regarded by many as one of the hottest Blues guitarists in the UK.

Close your eyes for one moment and you’d think you were listening to a band direct from the Mississippi Delta, and the next, to Jimi Hendrix. Few players around offer this kind of guitar genius!

Rebecca Downes Band

Birmingham based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance.

With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original rock/blues tracks and some memorable covers.

Rebecca was voted Best Female Vocalist and Best Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards 2016.

Georgia van Etten

Widely celebrated for her creativity and authenticity, Georgia is originally from Australia and headed for the UK six years ago. Since then she has solidified her position as an international touring artist.

Her debut EP ‘Live at the Pool Studio’ had extensive international and BBC Radio 2 play with Jamie Cullum remarking “this really blew me away when I first heard it”, and Blues & Soul Magazine UK declaring “Put simply, this is a damn fine EP”.

Don’t forget that in August we will also hold Fuse, our biggest event of the year which will feature a wide variety of artists including those from the blues and jazz genres. Best of all Fuse is FREE! Find out more here.