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18 Sep 2023

Blues and Views: A Guide to the Arran Blues Festival

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the soulful sounds of blues music amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Isle of Arran? Join us in the heart of Arran, Lochranza, where you can enjoy spectacular scenery while savouring Arran’s iconic brews. Look no further than the Arran Blues Festival, where music enthusiasts and families alike come together for a weekend of rhythm, blues, and unforgettable experiences, accompanied by the finest local fare.

The Beat Begins

Kick off your festival weekend on Friday, May 3rd, with a gig featuring the Sensational Alex Harvey Band Experience at the Lochranza Hall. Let the music move you as you groove to the tunes of this legendary band. Entry for the evening is just £10 at the door. Whether you're a dedicated blues enthusiast or simply looking for a memorable evening out, the opening night of the Arran Blues Festival offers the perfect blend of entertainment and enjoyment for all.

Main Stage Magic

On Saturday, May 4th, the festival officially commences at noon, with the main stage coming alive with performances that will have you tapping your feet and swaying to the rhythm. The lineup promises a diverse array of incredible acts - such as Anchor Lane, Dr Feelguid, The Lynsey Dolan Band and Tiderays -  that will captivate audiences of all ages. 

Arran Single Malt Stage

For a more intimate musical experience, don't miss the Arran Single Malt stage, where local talent shines bright. Discover hidden gems and enjoy the unique flavours of Arran's music scene as you sip on the island's finest single malts from Lochranza Distillery and Lagg Distillery

A Feast for the Senses

No festival experience is complete without indulging in delicious food and drinks, and the Arran Blues Festival delivers on all fronts. From locally sourced delights, including pancakes, toasties and burgers by Buddha’s Burgers and homemade kebabs by the Shack and Grill, to refreshing beverages, satisfy your cravings while supporting the vibrant culinary scene of Arran.

Family Friendly Fun

One of the hallmarks of the Arran Blues Festival is its family-friendly atmosphere. Bring the kids along and enjoy a weekend filled with music, laughter, and unforgettable memories. 

Explore Arran

While the music may be the main attraction, the beauty of the Isle of Arran awaits exploration. Take advantage of the festival weekend to discover the island's stunning landscapes, charming villages, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you're hiking through rugged terrain or strolling along picturesque beaches, Arran offers endless opportunities for adventure. Why not visit Lochranza Distillery during your trip and join us for a tour and tasting?

Join the Rhythm

Whether you're a dedicated blues aficionado or simply looking for a weekend getaway filled with music and merriment, the Arran Blues Festival promises an experience like no other. Mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready to dance the weekend away in the heart of Scotland's blues scene.

Don't miss out on the chance to be part of this unforgettable celebration of music, community, and the spirit of Arran.