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The 2023 Festival

28th - 30th July 2023


Building on the success of the first one day festival in 2022, the second Hexham Bluegrass Festival was held on the 28th , 29th and 30th July 2023. 22 bands and individual artists performed on the two stages over the weekend with further bands at the Friday Hoedown, Saturday evening gig at the Tannery and other fringe events. Learning was at the centre of our festival with youth bluegrass workshops, a panel discussion on ‘Women in Bluegrass’ featuring members of Blue Lass, and a clogdance workshop was run by ‘Step this Way’
The festival was hugely successful! The weather was kind, large crowds attended (800 were estimated over the whole weekend) with many people encountering bluegrass and old time music for the first time. People said how much they had enjoyed the festival and how well it was run. The main festival was free to the public with funds raised through grants, donations, an online crowd-
funding page and several fund-raising events.

Here's some pictures from the main stage. Clockwise from the top: Assembly Lane, Nice Like That, Rain of Animals, The Often Herd, Festival Audience, Jaywalkers. All Images Boomchang Records/Cookin' in the Kitchen

The Often Herd
Rain of Animals
Nice Like That
Assmebly Lane

Festival supporters

​Many people and organisations came together to make the 2023 festival possible. The festival committee would like to thank:

Hexham Town Council
Northumberland County Council
Core Music CIC
Hexham Community Partnership
Boom Chang Records
Hexham Bluegrass Volunteers

Bandstand sessions team

The Tannery

The Natural Grocer
The Coach and Horses
Hexham Community Centre
Hexham Library
The Forum Cinema
Hexham Farmers’ Market
Hexham Courant
Many bands and performers
The North of Tyne Combined Authority
The Lions Club of Tynedale
The Sir James Knott Trust
Local donors
Moniave Bluegrass Festival


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