If the grey weekend weather is getting you down, head for Camden and warm up with music, bourbon and soul food at The Blue’s Kitchen’s week-long blues festival. From Sunday 29th May to Sunday 5th June, the laid-back bar-diner will be laying on an impressive line-up of rhythm and blues talent with performances from established blues and rockabilly artists from the UK and across the pond. There’s even the chance to learn how to swing dance and play the harmonica! Check out the line-up below; most nights are free entry before 9pm.
Sunday 29th - Mud Morganfield (the eldest son of legendary American blues artists Muddy Water’s); The Caezars (the UK’s freshest new rockabilly band); Dollar Bill; and Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers. 6pm-3am, free before 9pm, £3.50 after.
Tuesday 31st - Mark Flanegan, best known as Jools Holland’s guitarist and right-hand man. A rare opportunity to see him do his own thing for one night! Support from Sam Hare. 7pm - midnight, free entry.
Wednesday 1st June - Award-winning UK blues man Ian Siegal. Ian played the Blues Kitchen Festival last year and was so popular that he was asked back. For this show Ian will begin with a solo set and then be joined by The Blues Kitchen’s house band for a full-on electric performance. 7pm - midnight, free entry.
Thursday 2nd - The Groundhogs, with an original line-up featuring guitarist Tony McPhee. Support from Rodeo Massacre and Roll n Tumble DJs until 2am. Free entry before 9pm, £3 after.
Friday 3rd - Gumbo Rumble club night with music from Slims Cyder Co, Charlie Hangdog & The Lowdown Highs and fire eater Anna the Hulagan. Free before 9pm, £3.50 after.
Saturday 4th - Jack Rabbit Slim, widely thought of as the finest Rockabilly outfit in the UK, with support from The Blues Kitchen house band. Hits Don’t Hurt DJs until 3am. Free before 9pm, £4 after.
Sunday 5th - Festival closing party with secret special guests. 6pm - midnight, free entry.
Blues fans can also enjoy a taste of the Deep South with The Blues Kitchen’s £12 taster paddle, featuring six rye whiskies including the full-bodied Pikesville Supreme Rye Whiskey and Jacquin’s Rock and Rye infused with rock candy and oranges. To soak it all up, the paddle comes with a sharing plate piled high with buffalo wings, BBQ ribs, sweet potato wedges, padron peppers, homemade chilli, dips and tortilla chips. Throughout the festival, the bar will be serving bespoke cocktails inspired by the evening’s line-up. Don’t miss the ‘Mudslide’ (in honour of Mud Morganfield) and the ‘Hillbilly Rock’ (Jack Rabbit Slim). If you arrive early (between 6-8pm), you can tuck into a starter, main and a cocktail for just £10 - a pre-show stomach-lining bargain.
On Bank Holiday Monday, there’s a free harmonica lesson at 4.30pm with professional teacher Captain Bliss, while on June 4th, also at 4.30pm, Swing Patrol will be hosting a free blues and swing dance session.