Kaz Hawkins
The launch of the Belfast City Blues Festival 2018 at the Dirty Onion on Tuesday May 22. Pictured local blues sensation Kaz Hawkins and Seamus O’Neill, festival director Photo by Tony Murray for Excalibur Press/Belfast City Blues Festival For more info contact Tina Calder tina@excaliburpress.co.uk | 07982628911 The Belfast City Blues Festival is back with a whopping 60 gigs across 22 venues from June 29 to July 1. Now in its 10th year, it’s one of the biggest blues festivals in Ireland and Northern Ireland and is the widest reaching music festival in Belfast. With it's loyal following The Belfast City Blues Festival, sponsored by American Holidays and Brand USA draws crowds from far and wide. For more information, festival listings and tickets log onto www.belfastcityblues.com or connect with the Belfast City Blues Festival official Facebook page.

Kaz Hawkins

BELFAST City Blues Festival has announced that local singer Kaz Hawkins will play a special set as part of its growing line-up.

Kaz, who has garnered attention and plaudits for her wonderful, soul-laden voice, will play a special ‘Sunday Lunch’ slot at the Black Box on July 1.

In a brand new show she’ll be performing with Sam York on piano – who has played with luminaries such as Tom Jones, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J – and using her music to address mental health issues in Northern Ireland.

Festival director, Seamus O’Neill, said he was delighted that Kaz has joined the line-up especially after her recent UK Blues Award for Blues Act Of The Year, Northern Ireland.

“Kaz has a unique talent that transcends description,” he said.

“Her voice and her passion are an experience not to be missed. Add in to that her work to support mental health and it a show now to be missed.”

Kaz added: “I’m so excited to bring my new show to Belfast City Blues Festival on such a milestone anniversary, I feel we have both grown and evolved together over the years. I’ve had amazing support from Seamus O’Neill who puts his heart and soul into keeping the blues alive, he is a true believer in supporting the artist 100% and I’m so thankful for his friendship through the festival”

“I can’t wait to return to a festival that has supported my career so much, it’s that yearly meeting of my blues family in Belfast, this is a brand new show taking people through my life and the songs that helped me come out the other end. I take people back to the days of old blues and gospel with some authentic covers too”

Kaz is an ambassador for Aware NI and plans to continue supporting and working to increase awareness of mental health.

Celebrating its tenth year with over 60 gigs across 22 venues from June 29 – July 1 the Belfast City Blues Festival this year welcomes back on board headline sponsors American Holidays along with Brand USA.

Tickets, priced £20 +booking fee which includes lunch, for Kaz Hawkin’s intimate show at the Black Box on July 1 are available from www.blackboxbelfast.com.

For more information about the festival log onto www.belfastcityblues.com or connect with the Belfast City Blues Festival official Facebook page.

Kaz Hawkins

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