Pubs get blues for music festival

SHEFFIELD real ale pubs will offer a stage for blues musicians as part of the Tramlines Festival in July.

Pubs around the fringes of the city centre will host rhythm and blues artists – and a music venue is being launched in an old warehouse.

The ‘blues and ale trail’ returns after a successful launch last year, adding another dimension to the festival, from July 22 to 24.

Pubs taking part are the University Arms, the Bath Hotel, the Harlequin, the Gardeners Rest, Kelham Island Tavern, the Fat Cat and the Riverside.

New this year is a main stage in Shalesmoor hosted at Creative Arts Development Space, a social enterprise that offers studios and exhibition space.

It will feature The Dale Storr New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Band, The Hummingbird Blues Band, Billy Martin Jr, The Natchez Burning, Bluestown, M&J Blues, Jonny 7, Green Onions & The Red River Rebels. The ‘blues and ale trail’ is funded in part by sales of the Tramlines’ Beer brewed by the Sheffield Brewery.