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Phuket Blues Festival set to play to large crowds this weekend

February 24, 2012

Only hours away, this year’s Phuket International Blues Rock Festival is set to bring the canvas roof down at its new venue in the Festival Marquee at the Laguna Beach Resort’s Y-Junction.

Grainne Duffy Recently featured on the front of the culture section of The Sunday Times Grainne Duffy was described as  'The spiritual heir to Rory Gallagher, an Irish blues singer of real integrity'. What high praise but Grainne Duffy live show is testament to this as the singer, songwriter and guitarist Grainne is a festival favourite there wowing crowds with her energetic performances, her passionate vocals and guitar playing backed by a stellar band left the audiences begging for more this year.

It is the place to be today and tomorrow for a sublime celebration of blues rock music with some of the finest musicians ever to appear on Phuket.

Chris Thomas King from the US is simply a blues legend with a literally record-breaking music background.

Irish rocker Grainne Duffy will also hold court. Her music pedigree is unassailable, having played at many of music’s top venues, including Glastonbury.

Other music acts to keep an ear out for this evening are Sky High from Sweden, TOKEN from Thailand, Moscow fish from Canada, Jack Derwin from Australia, and Phuket’s own Rockin Angels.

Tomorrow, the Stuart Bush Band starts the evening’s entertainment, followed by Phuket’s Colin Hill Band accompanied by Jimmy Fame and P Jae Stanley.

Ricky Zen and Phuket Gazette editor Marc Mulloy return to co-present the festival. This year, however, clean-shaven professionalism gives way to bearded shenanigans, with both MCs intending to give the audience a taste of their unique brand of entertainment.

The biggest festival since the event began in 2005, this one is not to be missed.

Gates open today at 6pm, but acoustic performances will be given in the lobbies of the Laguna Beach Resort, the Dusit Thani, the Angsana and the Best Western Allamanda from 3pm onwards.

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