Returning for its 27th year Darlington’s R’n’B weekender will take over the town centre next weekend with a host of live music and bands.

The Market Square will be the focal point of events next week (Friday, September 8 – Sunday 10) with new artists and old favourites on the bill.

The Friday evening will kick off in The Forum with The Bandits performing while band Wolfred with acoustic blues and dark gospel ballads will begin events on the main stage on Saturday.

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A new family friendly vibe will come on the Saturday with headliners Space Cowboy (a Jamiroquai Tribute Band) finishing up the day.

On Sunday there’s a choice between a chilled out, relaxed vibe at the Riverside stage or an upbeat and traditional R’n’B theme in the Market Square.

A host of hospitality venues throughout the town will host acts including Avalon, The Bondgate Tavern, The Boot and Shoe, Hoskins, Number One Bar, Orb, Quakerhouse, and Vesuvio.

The free festival is organised by Darlington Borough Council along with the Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Club and Gasto Promotions.  

See the full act list and on-stage times below

Friday, September 8

  • The Bandits - 7.30-11pm – Darlington R’N’B Club at the Forum Music Centre (Tickets £10)

Saturday, September 9

Main Stage – Market Square

  • Wolfred – 1.00pm-1.30pm
  • Tom Waits For no Man – 1.45pm-2.15pm
  • Snugglepussy – 2.45pm-3.15pm
  • Scruffy Bear – 3.45pm-4.15pm
  • SHE – 4.45pm-5.30pm
  • Space Cowboy – 6.00pm-7.00pm

The Quakerhouse

  • Kung Fu Blues – 9.00pm-11.00pm

Sunday, September 10

Main Stage – Market Square

  • Alex Fawcett Band – 1.00pm-2.00pm
  • Verity-Bromham Band – 2.30pm.3.30pm
  • Chantel McGregor – 4.00pm-5.00pm
  • Ten Years After – 5.30pm-6.45pm

The Riverside Stage

  • The James O’Hara Band – 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Five Points Gang – 3.30pm-4.30pm
  • Mitch Laddie Band – 5.00pm-6.00pm

Town Centre Bars

  • The Best Dressed Blues Band – 1.45pm-3.30pm – The Dolphin Centre
  • King Size Voodoo Traveller – 2.00pm-3.45pm – The Tubwell Tap
  • Dogshark Blues Band – 2.00pm-3.45pm – The Quakerhouse
  • Gary Grainger – 2.30pm-4.15pm – The Boot ‘n’ Shoe
  • Dr Bob & The Bluesmakers – 3.00pm-4.45pm – The Hoptimist
  • Kindred Spirit – 4.00pm-5.45pm – The Old Dun Cow
  • Trevor Sewell – 4.00pm-5.45pm – Vesuvio
  • Dust Radio – 4.30pm-6.15pm – The Vault
  • The Rain Kings – 4.30pm-6.15pm – The Slaters Arms
  • Brian Rawson Band – 5.00pm-6.45pm – The Quakerhouse
  • Eli & The Blues Prophets – 5.00pm-6.45pm – The Dolphin Centre
  • Daniel D’acry & The Sweardowns – 5.15pm-7.00pm – The Boot ‘n’ Shoe
  • The Graham Henderson Experience – 6.00-7.45pm – The Old English Gentleman
  • The Stax Brothers – 6.00pm-7.45pm – Hoskins Bar

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  • Lee Bates – 6.00pm-7.45pm – Orb Micro Pub
  • Radgie Gadgie – 6.50pm-8.35pm – Vesuvio
  • Carnot Creek – 7.00pm-8.00pm – Crafty Merlin’s Micro Pub
  • DVD – 7.00pm-8.45pm – Number One Bar
  • Bad Bob Bates - 7.00pm-8.45pm – Houndgate Town house (Saltfish)
  • The Main Line – 8.00pm-9.45pm – The Britannia
  • The Dogz B*ll*x – 8.30pm-10.15pm – Avalon
  • Smokin’ Gun – 8.30pm-10.15pm – The Turks Head
  • The Boneshakers – 9.00pm-10.45pm – The Quakerhouse
  • The Brothel Creepers – 9.30pm-11.15pm – The Darlington Flyer