Yorkshire’s first international blues festival comes to Magna

Spencer Davis joins a galaxy of Blues musicians at Magna.
Spencer Davis joins a galaxy of Blues musicians at Magna.

BLUES music, in its many shapes and forms, will be celebrated in a brand new festival at Rotherham’s Magna Centre this spring.

The Alexis Korner memorial stage will be the main arena for the three-day event, The Yorkshire Blues Festival, which runs from April 30-May 2.

Alexis was known as “the father of British blues” and his influence has spread to every area of modern British and world music.

The Alexis Korner stage will present many musicians who worked with him during his lifetime, such as Jack Bruce, Andy Fairweather Low, Animals and Friends, Spencer Davis and The Blues Band.

A second stage will feature blues rock and the modern generation of blues artists.

Norman Beaker, the renowned guitarist and band leader, who played with Alexis and a host of blues masters, told the Times: “The Yorkshire Blues Festival will celebrate the blues and it’s influence on all areas of the music industry.

“I can think of no finer way to do this than by commemorating the legacy of Alexis Korner and the many musicians he inspired.”

Norman said he was excited to continue his long-standing relationship with the Alexis Korner charity events, which took place in the 1990s with an electric atmosphere of blues seeping out of every corner.

The festival will also raise funds for selected charities such as Bluebell Wood Hospice and McMillan Cancer Support.

For tickets and further information, call Magna – 01709 720002 or visit www.yorkshireblues.com where information will include the upcoming line-ups.