Red Rooster Festival – Virtual Festival, 4-6 September 2020



Cajun, Soul, Rock n Roll, Blues, Roots & Country….

3-5 June 2021 * Euston Hall, Suffolk

Virtual second edition 4-6 September 2020


Red Rooster Festival is delighted to announce another virtual version of the festival after the socially distanced production was unable to go ahead in September. Following the success of the previous virtual festival in May, Red Rooster will host it again on 4-6 September but on a much bigger scale. The virtual festival will feature a bunch of Red Rooster stars playing live recorded sessions and a 24-hour takeover of Totally Wired Radio with a stellar cast of DJs.

Red Rooster legend Nick Lowe will be joined by Cedric Burnside, Luther Dickinson from North Mississippi Allstars, Ian Siegal, Bob Log, Marcus Bonfanto, Little Barrie and lots more. The format will be the same as the May virtual event: each artist will play a 2-3 song session with an exclusive live video which will be dropped on the Red Rooster socials on Friday 4- Saturday 5 September.

The DJ bill booked for September was the strongest to date and organisers are super excited to replicate it for the 24-hour Red Rooster takeover of TWR. David Holmes will headline, playing a tribute to his friend and very sadly missed Andrew Weatherall. Jonathan More from Cold Cut/Ninja Tune returns with new additions Eddie Pillar from Acid Jazz and club legenda Rocky and Ross Allen. The takeover kicks off at midday Saturday 5 September and goes on until midday Sunday 6th. Listen to TWR here –

Throughout the virtual festival from 4 pm Friday 4 September to midnight Sunday 6 September use the code ROOSTER10 @ and get 10% off all tickets!

Red Rooster Virtual Festival Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2020

Red Rooster Festival takes place Thursday 3 June – Saturday 5 June 2021

Live Music Virtual  


Nick Lowe / Cedric Burnside / Cedric Burnside / Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) / Ian Siegal / Bob Log III / Marcus Bonfanti / Little Barrie / The Hanging Stars / CC Adcock / The Urban Voodoo Machine / Sarah Gillespie / Big Steve / Big Joe Louis / Future Shape of Sound / Dom Pipkin/ Robin Evans Esq.

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DJs Virtual         

David Holmes / Jonathan More / Eddie Pillar / Dr Bob Jones / Ross Allen / Rocky / Dean Chalkley + Iraina Mancini / Hank JD Sleek / Wendy May / Joe Cushley / Big Steve / Special Red Rooster Show with guests.

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Red Rooster 2020 cancelled, now taking place June 2021


An important announcement from Red Rooster:


Dearest Roosters,
It is with a very heavy heart that we must unfortunately announce that Red Rooster will not be proceeding on 4th-6th September. From the 11th July, the UK government gave the green light for outdoor events to proceed. Although many organisers thought that the 24 hours’ notice of being able to proceed was not enough warning, our team at Red Rooster stood up and declared we would be going ahead. Red Rooster already had a license and we knew that with a little blood, sweat, and tears, we could pull everything together and get the show on the road.
A few days after announcing Red Rooster’s go ahead, the Government transferred powers to local authorities, giving them the powers relating to events. Rather than admit defeat, we prepared in record time over 300 pages of documentation and COVID-19 specific risk assessments, as well as clear guidelines for you guys on how we will look to keep you safe, of which we have already shared with you. We pulled together a whole new production and rebooked all of the lineup which we were due to release later today. We submitted all of our documentation and health and safety measures, and although we are extremely appreciative that West Suffolk Council and the emergency services all wanted to support Red Rooster proceeding in September, Public Health England have failed to engage with us and they have failed to reach out to discuss our plans. Public Health is a vital part of the process of getting the green light, and we would not proceed without us being 100% certain of all our measures and that we had their approval. We are immensely disappointed in them failing to engage with us.

We wanted to be a shining beacon for others on how we can get our industry back on the road, and we fought all we could to try and make this happen. We are immensely sad that although we understand we were seeking answers within a tight period of time, we couldn’t have everyone see just how important our endeavour to proceed with Red Rooster was.

The postponement of September 2020 has significantly increased our costs on what was already a very financially challenging year. If you can roll over your ticket to next year it will be a huge support to the festival and greatly appreciated. All tickets will be automatically reissued for 3rd-5th June 2021.

We look forward to welcoming you to Euston Hall in June next year for an epic party! 

Love & Respect ,
Red Rooster HQ

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Red Rooster festival to go ahead this September..!!

Red Rooster Festival will happen this September!

Best in Cajun, Rock n Roll, Blues & Country….

Social Distancing to be put in place


Following the government’s statement last Thursday allowing outdoor events, we are delighted to confirm that Red Rooster Festival will go ahead Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th September 2020.

Red Rooster will be one of only a handful festivals to take place in 2020. Set amongst 10,000 acres of stunning parklands & pleasure grounds at Euston Hall estate in Suffolk the 7th edition of the 5,000-capacity festival will proceed with appropriate social distancing. The UK’s premier roots festival will now have three outdoor stages celebrating the best in Cajun, Soul, RocknRoll, Blues and Country.

Festival Director & Production Manager James Brennan says:

“We are working closely with our Health & Safety and Production teams to produce something that is truly magical without losing the spirit and atmosphere of our beautiful little festival. Over 60% of our audience stay in family group campervans which hugely helps us contain camping areas safely, plus by moving to outdoor stages only, we feel we can offer a safe environment in which to enjoy the festival. Over the next few weeks we will be putting together stringent new plans and providing detailed information to ensure the safety of our audience, artists and crew, which is of course of paramount importance.”

Red Rooster would like to thank the government for lifting the restrictions and is delighted to welcome them to experience this fantastic festival though as it so reasonably-priced there won’t be a guest list so join us for the party to end all parties !

For tickets and more information:


“An unrivalled atmosphere”- The Telegraph

“A truly unique event” – ITV News

“One of England’s most buzzed about music festivals” – Vanity Fair


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Bootleg Blondie @ NAC 6 March 2020

My final gig before self-isolating ahead of the inevitable ‘lockdown’ was Bootleg Blondie at Norwich Arts Centre.  They were very good and the atmosphere was great, they obviously have the Blondie drummer Clem Burke’s seal of approval too.

(c) shashamane 2020


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Red Rooster 2020 update, Virtual Fest this weekend

Exciting Red Rooster Virtual Fest over the next few days. Although Red Rooster 2020 was due to start today, for obvious reasons it has been postponed and is now scheduled for 4-6 September 2020. However, there are plans for the original dates with some livestreams for a virtual festival with favourites old and new, full details below from Rooster HQ :


Hey Roosters!
Hope you’re all safe and well. Yes, it’s that time of year when we should be kicking back in the East Anglian sunshine and preparing for three days of blissful fun, amazing music, and relaxation in the majestic pleasure grounds of Euston Hall. But, for obvious reasons, we’re not. So instead we’ve got together with some of our favourite Rooster artists, vendors, and friends to bring you a flavour of the festival over the weekend! 
Don’t worry, there won’t be endless livestreams… instead we’ve cherry-picked some of our favourite Rooster artist to record exclusive performances which will be dropped on the Red Rooster Facebook page from Friday morning until Saturday evening!! Confirmed so far are Asleep at the Wheel, DADDY LONG LEGS, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Jerron Paxton, Ida Mae, Son of Dave, and Lucy Grubb – plus lots of exciting non-music activity, including dance tutorials, fashion workshops, and MORE!
And don’t forget to join The Rooster Coop, our official Facebook group and the best place to get stuck into the finest festival community in the world. Some folk are planning their own backyard Rooster hangouts this weekend, so this is the perfect place to join the party vibes!
This is also the perfect opportunity to announce our new partnership with Black Cow
Vodka and their notorious Black Cow Saloon! The Black Cow Saloon was one of the coolest hangs at the sadly departed Port Eliot Festival.  Black Cow will be partnering with us at the Howlin’ Woods stage at the next Red Rooster, and to give you a taste of what to expect they’ll be whipping up a cocktail masterclass on how to make a special Red Rooster drink this weekend at our virtual festival! For more info about Black Cow Vodka, head here.
In addition, Totally Wired Radio will be hosting a 24 Hour Red Rooster Takeover from 12pm Saturday to 12pm Sunday, kicking off with a special tribute to the dearly missed Andrew Weatherall by his friend Ashley Beedle, then a broadcast of the great man’s headlining set in the Howlin’ Woods. This will be followed by sets by Ashley himself, with Jo Wallace as Ramrock Hifi, Jon More, Wendy May, Dean Chalkley/Adrian from Southend Tag Team, Ross Allen, Iraina Mancini, Joe Cushley, Andrew Perry, Hank JD Sleek, and Del Day. Tune in right here on the day.
We’re also delighted to be teaming up with Live for Love to raise money for The Trussell
Trust to support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and
support to people locked in poverty. Donate now if you can.
Have a great weekend Roosters, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you very soon! 
Love & Respect 
Rooster HQ

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Daddy Long Legs

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Dry Cleaning + POZI + The Wants @ The Village Underground, Shoreditch 3 March 2020


My penultimate gig before the lockdown was in Shoreditch, a London away day gig to see Dry Cleaning, who I loved when they supported Bodega at NAC last year. They were supported at The Village Underground by Pozi, and a spin-off band of Bodega, the impressive The Wants.

The Wants

The Wants

Dry Cleaning go from strength to strength and felt on the cusp of something and clearly have a strong, adoring following. This venue is a lovely arched underground space which is not over-filled despite this being a capacity sellout crowd of 500, I enjoyed the gig, the space and the vibe.

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning

The Coronavirus hysteria was just building up ahead of this gig and I was curious (and a tad apprehensive) to see what London would be like. I didn’t see any masks and the tube trains were certainly as busy as usual, as was Camden where I spend a few hours beforehand. The main difference noticeable at the venue was more of a queue in and out of the toilets as everyone observed the 20 second hand wash advice!  A couple of weeks later and gigs were being cancelled left right and centre and soon followed the inevitable lockdown and no gigs and no pubs open which continues still. It all seems such an age ago now and I don’t expect to see another gig for a very long time.  My only link now to this gig was somehow damaging my ankle whilst walking around during the day, a pain which still serves as a reminder of my last main gig.

Dry Cleaning


Hawley Arms


(c) shashamane 2020


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Dereham Blues Festival 2020 cancelled

The Dereham Blues Festival, which was due to be held this July has been cancelled for 2020. See their statement below:

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has already caused widespread disruption to numerous public events, with many having to be cancelled in recent weeks and for the foreseeable future. The government’s latest estimate as to when the virus is likely to peak in the UK is early this summer, meaning it is likely the situation will get worse before it gets better and that cases will continue to occur through into July.
The government has advised people not to congregate in large groups and to avoid unnecessary public gatherings as this has the potential to quicken the spread of the virus. It is also well documented that the incidences of infection are increasing on a daily basis.
Bearing this information in mind, the Dereham Blues Festival Committee has unfortunately had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival which was due to run from the 8th – 12th July.
The committee is incredibly disappointed to have to make this call but also unanimously agree that the only thing more important than staging a successful festival is looking after the people who are responsible for making the event what it is – and that is the festivalgoers.
In the meantime, and true to the spirit of the festival, the committee would like to encourage everyone to foster a sense of community spirit amongst family, friends and neighbours. Look after those who need it, offer assistance if you are able, and together Dereham can get through this difficult time together.
Dereham Blues Festival will be back bigger and better than ever in 2021, so don’t be blue, keep the faith and we will see you next year.
N.B. Any tickets already purchased for the opening concert on 8 th July will be eligible for a refund. Please visit for more details. Information on the Covid-19 coronavirus can be found at


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Red Rooster 2020 postponed until September


Dearest Roosters,


We need to make an important announcement concerning Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Red Rooster. After much deliberation and with the safety of our audience being of the utmost importance, Red Rooster 2020 has been postponed and will now take place 4-6th September at Euston Hall. This has not been an easy decision but we hope that in light of the current situation we are all facing together, you can understand this is the right way forward.


Our main headliners Richard Hawley and Asleep at The Wheel have confirmed they are available for the new dates and we’re working with agents and management to move the rest of the bill. A further announcement will follow when this is in place.


All tickets will of be valid for the change of dates and anyone that is unable to make the new dates, please email


We greatly appreciate your support in these tough times, but the show and the music will go on.


Love and respect,


Red Rooster HQ


In other news re. the virus Norwich Arts Centre, The Waterfront, The UEA LCR, OPEN, Theatre Royal, The Playhouse (and bar), The Puppet Theatre, Bedfords Bar, The Butcher Bhoy, The Brickmakers have all announced their closure for the foreseeable future. The Forum has cancelled all events and the entire Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2020 programme has been cancelled, while Jurnet’s closes early for Easter after Saturday night’s Cave-In (which might still be going ahead as things currently stand but check beforehand if you are planning to go) and Frank’s Bar has reduced opening now from Thursday-Sunday.


(c) shashamane 2020


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Fontaines D.C. @ UEA LCR 24 February + Toyah @ NAC 26 February 2020


Last night Fontaines DC made their second visit to Norwich with a sold out headline slot at the UEA’s Nick Rayns’ LCR. The place was absolutely rammed and there was a full on mosh-pit going on for the most part straight after the band started playing following a mix tape that included many of their influences such as Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan before walking on, with much adoration, to The Dubliners’ Black Velvet Band, which already had a portion of the crowd singing along in a moment that reminded me of some classic Pogues gigs in the same venue in the 1980s and 90s.

Fontaines DC

The gig was unfortunately marred by some poor sound for much of the time though but these Irish poets’ set was nevertheless excellent, particular standouts for me were Boys in the Better Land, Liberty Belle, and a new one which I believe was its first live airing: Living in America (which was possibly the best thing I heard all night, a fantastic song). There’s a clear and obvious Pogues/Shane MacGowan influence to their work as well as the other heavier punk rock band influences but the Pogues were always essentially a poetic punk band too.

Fontaines DC

Along with support TOY (whom I did not catch much of but enjoyed what I did hear, the LCR is not a space I like to spend a minute longer in than necessary when it’s as uncomfortably full as this but it caused me to miss some of their set, unfortunately), this was a gig all about the music with very little in the way of verbal engagement between songs, the most being Grian’s “This is our last song, we don’t do encores” (there is no need to announce that) at the end but there were occasional waves to people in the crowd. There was an impressive reaction to the music though throughout the set with a heaving mass of bouncing bodies rarely seen these days. Fontaines DC have come a long way in a short time since that support slot with Shame and Sorry at the Waterfront a while back. Onstage, live is where they thrive, just a shame the LCR sound did the vocals so few favours, the biggest gripe of many niggles about this venue. All the more frustating as occasionally the sound was OK but would then become muddy again. I did enjoy the onslaught of powerful post-punk rock though and the new songs sound very promising indeed. There’s an angsty tension and nervous energy onstage with moments that strongly brought Joy Division to mind. With the lack of verbal communication there’s also a bit of nervous tension and inscrutability with the audience never being entirely sure what the band are thinking but judging by the way they gave it their all I think they were digging it as much as the crowd at the front.

Fontaines DC

A good night, a superb band with strong songs but with the nagging feeling it could have been something so much more special were it not for the disappointing sound which held it back from true greatness, which is more or less how I feel about the album too.

On Wednesday evening I headed to the NAC to see Toyah for the first time in almost 38 years (when I went by coach from Norwich to see her perform at the Ipswich Gaumont). This Norwich date was not entirely the intimate, acoustic set with Q&A session which I’d been expecting, with Toyah, a keyboardist and bassist premiering a more electro format. It may not have been what I expected but it definitely delighted the vast majority of the sellout crowd, many describing it as their best gig in years and whilst I can’t say it was quite in that elevated category for me I did enjoy hearing some of these songs performed live again and many of her anecdotes. Covers of songs such as These Boots are Made for Walkin‘ and Sweet Child O’ Mine were a curious suprise though but you can’t argue with the reaction from an adoring crowd for a real pro who hardly seems to have aged at all and retains her distinctive, powerful voice and incredible energy.



(c) shashamane 2020


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BFR music nights return to Norwich with new home at the Bowling House

For a number of years legendary figure of the Norwich music scene Alex Carson ran regular music nights across the city showcasing local musical talent through his Bare Feet Records (BFR) gigs at venues such as The Birdcage, Plasterers, Gonzo’s and even some special BFR nights at Norwich Arts Centre and OPEN. It was through BFR that I first came across many of my favourites such as Milly Hirst, Phoebe Troup and Birds of Hell (BoH played their first gig at one of these nights).


A few years ago Alex relocated to London and although the gigs continued “remotely” for a while it’s been some time since they stopped but that’s all about to change with BFR nights soon to be resurrected in a new home, The Bowling House on Dereham Road, opposite the Reindeer.  A spring run of nights and line-ups have already been confirmed with further details on Facebook event pages.

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Lisa Redford

They will take place fortnightly on Thursdays with the current run commencing on Thursday 5 March 2020 and with an opening night featuring Lisa Redford, Yve Mary B, Chad Mason, and Tangles. Doors are at 7pm and admission is £4 (advance) and £6 on the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at:

Yve Mary B

Yve Mary B

chad mason

Chad Mason

Other names already confirmed for future BFR at BH nights include: The Turf Club Racebook, Niamh, (the) Red Dear, Alexander Carson, Hot Raisin.

(c) shashamane 2020


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