History of the Blues Festival

Read all about our past festivals starting back in 2001

Festival history

The Old Bush Blues Festival first started back in 2021 and has grown bigger and better each year. We are proud of all of our festivals. Find out more about each Blues Festival below. We look forward to seeing you all again this year.

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Our Past Festivals

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2001

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2002

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2003

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2004

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2005

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2006

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2007

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2008

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2009

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2010

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2011

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2012

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2013

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2014

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2015

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2016

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2017

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2018

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2019

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2020

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2021

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2022

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2023

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2024

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Old Bush Blues 2023

“has the outside bar gone tits up?”

Paul Bridgewater and the Electric Blues Rebellion, The Sam Paine Band, Andy Broad, The Zac Schulze Gang, Pot Kettle Black, Will Killeen, Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse, Chris Corcoran Trio, Aynsley Lister, Jules Benjamin, Five Points Gang, Five Field Holler, Trevor Baba Jack Trio, Mike Davids Band, The Terraplanes, Jon Walsh, The Robin Bibi Big Band, Hollie Rogers, Vincent Flats Final Drive, Kyle and Shaw, Chicago 9 Rhythm and Blues Band, Dan Burnett, Jess Hayes Band, Ashley Sherlock Band, Greg Coulson, Richard Clarke, Krissy Mattews, James Oliver

Old Bush Blues 2022

“all good things come to an end”

Northsyde, Catfish, Kyle and Shaw, Gianelli Brothers, Robert Hokum, Gerry Jablonski, Claude Bourbon, Hollie Rogers, Dan Burnett, Mike Davids Band, James Oliver, Vincent Flatts, Tommy Allen, Wayne Martin, Mark Harrison, The Milk Men, Hoosen Maguire, Howlin Mat, Krissy Matthews, Conor Selby, Jack Blackman, Five Field Holler, Steve Whalley, Jules Benjamin, Timeless Tim

Old Bush Blues 2021

“Into the club and She will be Back!”

Chicago 9, Trafficker, Tom Waters, Sugar Mama, Voodoo Room, Pot Kettle Black, East West Maxwell Street, The Mojo Preachers, Five Field Holler, Jules Benjamin, Wayne Martin, Katie Bradley, Northsyde, Kyle & Shaw, The Milk Men, Steve Brooks, Sean Webster, Cryin’ Out Loud, Dove & Boweevil, Trevor Babajack Stegar, Robin Bibi Big Bang, Rodney Branigan, Hollie Rodgers, Vincent Flatts, Jon Walsh.

Old Bush Blues 2020

“Twenty up, Covid did not stop us”

Northsyde, Jon Walsh, The Blues Duo, Jules Benjamin, Shaw Thing, Steve Brookes

Old Bush Blues 2019

"Goodbye dear friend it won’t be the same”

The Blues Duo, Delray Rockets, Perry Foster, The Achievers, Dove and Bowe evil, Garrington Jones, Sugar Mama, Vincent Flats, Tom Walker, Jules Benjamin, Robert J Hunter, Backwater Roll, Dan Burnett, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, Robin Bibi, Howlin Mat, Will Wilde, Steve West Weston, Five Field Holler, Kyle and Shaw, Paul Bridgwater and the Electric Blues Rebellion, Andy Twyman, Lucy Zirins, Paddy Maguire Band, Tone Tanner, For Fothers Sake, Stone Mountain Sinners, Catfish

Old Bush Blues 2018

“Ah Mr Benjamin, thank god”

Crossfire, Robert J Hunter, Rev Ferriday, Zoe Green, Jon Walsh, Alex Chapman, Gary Harpe, Elles Bailey, Greg Coulson, Jules Benjamin, Cryin Out Loud, Five Field Holler, Sepia Swing Shot Twins, Supanova, Catfish, Dr Blue, Gerry Jablonski, Northsyde, Paddy Maguire Band, Kyle and Shaw, New Amen Corner and Mike D’Abo, Steve Brookes, Spikedrivers, Martin Harley, Adam Sweet, Stone Mountain Sinners, Troy Redfern, Jam with Jules

Old Bush Blues 2017

“who was that mc?”

The Old Avengers, Elles Bailey, Perry Foster, Five Field Holler, Rainbreakers, Sam Anderson, Ian Parker, Trafficker, Tom Walker, Richard Clarke, Steve Whalley, Chicago 9, Howlin Mat, Stuart James, Lucy Zirins, Barflies, Northsyde, Redhouse, Sugar Mama, Kyle and Sha, Steve Brookes, Paddy Maquire, Delray Rockets, Tone Tanner, Lavendore Rouge, Troy Redfern

Old Bush Blues 2016

“what no Shaw?”

Northsyde, Chicken Bone John, The Delray Rockets, Red Butler, Five Field Holler, Melvin Hancock, Tim Hain, Lucy Zirins, Paul Snook Band, Debbie Bond, Sam Anderson, Dave Jackson Band, Lenny James and The Gator Squad, Richard Clarke Band, Jules Benjamin, Perry Foster, Robin Bibi Band, Tone Tanner, Backwater Roll, Rollo Markee and the Tail shakers, Cryin’ Out Loud, Danny Kyle, 633 Squadron, Jon Walsh, Catfish, Notorious Brothers, Melvin Hancox, Lenny James and The Gator Squad

Old Bush Blues 2015

“do you reckon we could get two stages out the back?”

Lucy Zirins, Trafficker, Northsyde, The Luke Doherty Band, Blues Beaten Redshaw, The Mustangs, Perry Foster, Will Wilde, Electric, Voodoo Sheiks, Melvin Hancox, Kyle and Shaw, Steve Whalley, Andre Bisson, Five Field Holle, Chicago 9, Sam Paine Trio, The Blues Duo, Catfish, Howlin Matt, Dan Sowerby, Boperator, Jules Benjamin, Steve Brookes

Bentworth 2014

“and that was that! thank you Bentworth”

Nigel Bagge, Burnt Ice, Dani Wilde, Tim Hain, Richard Clarke, Red Dirt Skinners, Bad Influence, Pete Leigh and The Union, Jules Benjamin, Howlin Matt, Cryin Out loud, Northsyde, Sugar Mama, The Dogs, Trafficker, Luke Doherty, the Jules Benjamin Band, Five Field Holler, Rik Martin, Kyle and Sha, Blues Beaton Redshaw, Lucy Zirins, Guy Totora, Pethers and Friends, Jules Carter Trio, Sarah Warren, Sean Nolan, The Blues Duo

Bentworth 2013

“twenty six bands it is then”

Stuart James band,  Split Whiskers, Will Wilde, Serious Blues, Jules Benjamin, Stuart James Band, Blues Associates, Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke, Laurence Jones Band, Guy Tortora, Ben Poole Band, Sugar Mama, Pethers and Friends, Northsyde, Red House, Dave Raphael Band, Five Field Holler, Josie Lloyd, Blues Beaten Redshaw, Baba Jack, Soul Alliance, Sean Nolan, Kyle and Shaw, Andre and The T-Jones, Born In Chicago, Paint It Blue, Ivan McCormick and his 29 Fingered Friends

Bentworth 2012

“his got friends!”

Jules Benjamin, Northsyde, Papa George, Franck Ash, Sugar Mama, The Trevor Burton Band, Five Field Holler, The Big Blues Tribe, Bad Influence, The Mustangs, The Steve Brookes Band, Sammy Rat and The Resonators, Pethers and Friends, Kyle and Shaw, Bob Hall and Dave Peabody

Bentworth 2011

Shall we have four bands on the Friday?”

Jules Benjamin, Sugar Mama, The Fabulous Boogie Boys with Sarah Warren, Be Sharp, Five Filed Holler, The Ben Pool Band, Ian Parker, Rollo Markee and the Tail Shakers, Cinqui, Paul Poulton Project, Jon Walsh, Marcus Mac, Timmy Moore Band, Robert Hokum, Sonny Black, Robin Bibi, Dave Beckett, Kyle and Shaw, Fran and Mike, Sarah Warren Band, Northsyde, Paul Heaton, Gus Devlin and the Resistance

Bentworth 2010

Funk Dory go to the Northsyde”

Jules Benjamin, Trafficker, Rik Martin Band, Northsyde, The Electric Elevators, The Gary Harper Band, Earl Green, Five Field Holler, Robert Hokum Band, The Standardz, Kyle and Shaw, The Big Blues Tribe, Andy Broad

Bentworth 2009

“Them Brummies’ are coming”

Cryin’ Out Loud, Jules Benjamin, Funky Dory, David Hay Trio, Errol Linton, Ben Poole Band, The Guvnors, Slowburner, Five Field Holler, Robin Bibi Band, Rik Martin Band, Ronnie and Johnny, Kyle and Shaw, Sonny Black, Robert Hokum Blues Band, Bar Room Band

Bentworth 2008

“did someone mention Kyle and Shaw?”

Robin Bibi, Jules Benjamin, Funky Dory, Trafficker, Cryin’ Out Loud, Pete Harris, Sarah Warren, Dave Raphael, Primo Blues, Five Field Holler, Jon Walsh, The Spike Drivers, Mickey Flynn, Kyle and Shaw, Denise Marie, Claude Bourbon, Rowland Chadwick, Michael Burke

Bentworth 2007

“goodbye afternoon hello the green and rain, let’s have us a two day festival. That Funky Dory were OK. I am sure I have seen that Five Field Holler before and Jules who?”

Primo Blues, Funky Dory, Loose Shoes, The Guvnors, John Crampton, Robin Bibi Band, Five Field Holler, John Walsh Band, The Why and Wherefores, Tim Hain and The Worx, Nicky Moores Blues Corporation, Simon Gregory, Matthew Burke, Jules Benjamin, The Adam Phillips Trio, Andy Broad and Matt Berk, Jam session with Chris and Robin

Bentworth 2006

“it’s fun let’s have more bands”

Jon Walsh, Roy Mette, Spike Drivers, Atomic Boogie Trio, Robert Hokum Blues Band, Cryin’ Out Loud, Trafficker, Primo Blues

Bentworth 2005

“back to the pub with two stages”

Dave Raphael Band, Tim Hain, Papa George, Jim Almand, Ian Parker

Bentworth 2004

“try it down the school with two stages”

The Rocking Armadillos, Kev Siggs pub band, Nigel Bagge, The Guvnors, Jules Benjamin, Trafficker

Bentworth 2003

“Rude Mood might see them again”

Tim Hain And The Worx, Claude Bourbon, Rude Mood, Trafficker

Bentworth 2002

“let’s move into the garden”

Dr JJ Tommy Allen and Guests, Plan B, The Spike Drivers, Perry Foster
The Borroway Blues Band

Bentworth 2001

“Bentworth Blues afternoon is born”

To Hot Too Handle, The Dogs, The Borroway Blues Band

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