Southampton Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival: dates and acts announced

Following on from Liftshare’s coverage of Solid Entertainments’ blues festivals in Norwich, Doncaster, St. Ives, Yeovil and Lincoln, the organisers have just announced another all-day festival to their stellar 2015 line-up.

The Southampton Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival will take place at the Engine Rooms on Saturday, June 27, and the line-up is already tantalising for fans of all three genres.


Headlining the festival is Texas native and multi-instrument talent Hamilton Loomis, whose songs span a wide range of influences that bleed into the common perception of blues to deliver something fresh and exhilarating.

Solid Entertainments says of Loomis and his music: “Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar and harmonica, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group.

“Bridging the gap between generations of music-lovers and redefining blues-based American music for a contemporary audience, Hamilton created his own path and built a loyal following by blending myriad influences, clever songwriting, and an expressive voice into a sound that defies description.

“Feeling his current style, layered onto his bluesy foundation, will attract a new generation of fans, Hamilton looks forward to the appeal “Give it back” will have on today’s young listeners.”

Loomis is joined by a strong line-up of blues acts from all over the country.

They are:

  •  Samantha Fish – by the age of 18, Samantha had settled on a searing lead guitar style that expressed her own voice rather than mimicking clichéd blues licks note-for-note!
  • Sons of Pirates – since 1998, audiences from all over the Mid Atlantic have been enjoying the hot summer sounds of Sons of Pirates and every show is like a party at the beach!
  • Ben Poole – the twenty-five year old is currently being described as the most exciting young blues guitarist to come out of the UK for a long, long time!
  • Matt Woosey – a refreshing musical song writing and playing style that combines acoustic blues, folk and rock conveyed with an accomplished vocal delivery!
  • Red Butler – the band has developed their own style of writing and have begun producing thoughtful, light hearted and melodic compositions!

The festival recommends Liftshare to anyone looking to drive to the venue, and with our free iOS and Android apps, discovering the perfect lift is even easier, and can help you save a great deal of money on travel.

The festival will take place at the Engine Rooms, West Quay Road Industrial Estate, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1GZ

Advance tickets are £23 and if you book now, Early Bird tickets are only £19, so why not save over 15% and call 01472 349 222 or go online at 

To check out the line up and find out more about the festival, please visit

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