ONE of the county's biggest music events is returning after the pandemic.

Upton Blues Festival, which was cancelled last year due to Covid, is returning next summer.

Summer 2022 represents the festival's 20th anniversary, and organisers have said the festival will be bigger and better than ever.

A spokesman said: "After two years of no UBF, we are so happy to be back in 2022.

"We'll take you from Blues Rock to Bluegrass, Country Blues to New Orleans, Acoustic to Soul with a Sunday gospel chior thrown in a single weekend - and every performance is free.

"With three official stages and ten pubs and clubs taking part, the whole of Upton throngs with live music lovers and buzzes with blues.

"We look forward to seeing you all after two years of no festival - friends old and new - for another wonderful festival. Thanks for your support."

Also new for campers in 2022, the festival campsite will be opened earlier, on the Wednesday rather than on the festival weekend itself, so music lovers can pitch up early and get ready for the launch on July 15.

The festival runs until July 17 but the campsite will be open until July 19 so revellers can have more time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the town before going home.

Upton Blues Festival is Britain's biggest free blues festival and won Festival of the Year in the British Blues Awards in 2015 and 2016.

It also won best blues-based festival in the UK Blues Awards 2018.

The spokesman added: "We are in partnership with Andy Loo's again and will have the usual high quality toilet & showers with attendants available 24/7.

"We will also have the campsite stage, bar, restaurant and other fantastic stalls which are only available to the campers.

"We have simplified our campsite pricing structure as well, it is now a straight £15 per person per night.

"Don't forget all the amazing music is absolutely free to watch, there is no entry charge to any venue or main stage anywhere in the town."

www.uptonbluesfestival.com