The Veszprém Blues Festival is the biggest Hungarian blues festival, featuring Grammy-winning artists, local bands, and a wide range of musical genres.
It is a major element of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture program and takes place between 13-16 April 2023. Don’t miss the chance to attend this unforgettable event!
Veszprém Blues Festival 2023 will feature four Grammy-winning artists. Sugar Blue, the platinum-selling harmonica player who has performed with The Rolling Stones, Rick Estrin, one of the icons of contemporary blues with his unique voice and frenetic harmonica playing, Matt Schofield, the guitarist who reformed the British blues tradition, and Buffalo Nichols, a young star who represents the genre’s future.
Other Featured Performers
Other international performers include Raphael Wressnig, the Hammond Organist of the Year, and Michelle David, a New York-based singer who will be performing a show based on soul and gospel. The festival will also include performances by Ian Siegal, the number one blues export from Britain, and Blues Wire, one of the favourite artists of the Hungarian blues scene of the 1990s.
The Hungarian blues festival will feature performances by popular local bands such as Big Daddy Wilson, Little G Weevil, The Black Circle Orchestra, Jambalaya, György Ferenczi and 1st Pesti Rackák, Jumping Matt & His Combo, Muddy Shoes, Bluestone, The Pontiac, Delta Bastards, Redbreast Wilson, Bluesberry, and Tamás Kontor & Misi Horváth. The programme also includes a long-awaited one-off reunion performance by the cult band Palermo Boogie Gang.
Music for Everyone
Veszprém Blues Festival will present a wide range of musical genres, consistent with the UNESCO City of Music title it earned in 2019. The festival is part of the VEB2023’s European Capital of Culture programme, and it aims to make music accessible to everyone in Veszprém and the Bakony-Balaton region throughout the year.
Festivalgoers will enjoy not only the official Hungarian blues festival programme but also acoustic mini-blues concerts at various locations, exhibitions, talks and workshops, and late-night jams featuring world stars.
With its incredible line-up of artists and diverse range of musical genres, the Veszprém Blues Festival is not to be missed. Whether you’re an expat living in Hungary or a music lover visiting from abroad, this festival promises to be the ultimate blues festival in Hungary, and a highlight of the European Capital of Culture programme.
About Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture
Being awarded the European Capital of Culture is a recognition that the common space of European culture is created by the combined contribution of different countries and cities. It conveys that European culture is shared; comprised of different regional cultural contributions and communicated through the language of the arts.
Therefore, the ECoC initiative is an integral part of the European Union’s cultural policy; a policy which aims to bring the peoples of Europe closer together and promote greater knowledge of each other through culture. The cultural programmes – including the biggest Hungarian blues festival – are grouped by both cultural field such as music, theatre, art, dance, wine and gastronomy and clusters, which frame the main ambitions of the new cultural region.