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Your complete guide to 7 Hills Blues Fest in Armagh 2018

The eighth annual 7 Hills Blues Fest kicks off in Armagh this coming week.

From Thursday, August 9, right through until Sunday, August 12, a total of 50 acts, groups and musicians will perform at more than 20 venues across the city.

Courtnay and the Dukes kick the festival off at 6pm on the Thursday with a live performance at the Armagh County Museum while Soul Shine Blue round off the first night’s entertainment at 10pm in Viva.

And it all begins again at 11.30am on the Friday morning with the MD Rafferty Music School performing in the Shambles Yard, before the evening’s music begins at 7pm with Sean Taylor in Rumour Coffee on Market Street.

Don Baker and Rob Strong Band play at 8pm in the Market Place Theatre. Read more about that show by clicking here.

Fourteen other bands and musicians will be showcasing their talents across the city on Friday evening.

Armagh band 2nd Drawer Down will get proceedings under way with music at Picnic in the Park from Noon. Dani and Kunokini will continue to entertain crowds on the Palace lawn from 1.45pm.

The Catfish Blues Orchestra will take to the band stand on Market Street from 3.30pm. And there will be plenty to keep music lovers in town with music right through the day and long into the night.

The action begins again on Sunday with Ludwig and Co from 12 noon in the Rainbow Cafe before festivities get underway in the Shambles yard, and throughout the afternoon.

And once again there’s music throughout the evening with Roy Fulton Experience rounding off another year of 7 Hills Blues magic at Kelly’s Bar from 10.30pm on Sunday.

For a full break-down of every band and event over the four days, check out the full festival programme below.

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