Latest News from Linton Festival 2021

It is with great regret that the directors of Linton Festival CIC have decided to postpone this year’s event after consultation with all stakeholders, bands, volunteers and local community.

We have had several meetings over the last few weeks regarding the impact Covid-19 would have on the running of this year’s Festival and did not take this decision lightly.

There are many risks that we have had to consider, the most important of which is of course the risk of spreading the virus and the impact that would have.

We believe we will still have to be compliant with the Government regulations and Public Health guidelines for Covid-19 this summer. Not only might this impact on your enjoyment of the Festival (wearing masks, table service, etc.), but also on additional running costs associated with required hygiene. Furthermore, if we must adhere to social distancing rules, we would not be able to accommodate the usual number of Festival attendees.
At this point the committee cannot guarantee the restrictions will have lifted sufficiently to run Linton Festival to the standards to which we aspire, putting everyone’s health foremost.

Organising Linton Festival requires that we commit time and expenditure on booking bands and facilities way in advance. We feel that leaving a decision to the last minute to see how things go is irresponsible and may jeopardise the future of Linton Festival. We are truly sorry.

THE GOOD NEWS IS we can announce the dates for Linton Festival 2022 will be 1st to 3rd July 2022. This is when we will finally get to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and hopefully welcome you all back.

The majority of the fantastic bands and artists who were to perform both last year and this July have stated that they intend to be with us next year. We anticipate all the line up will be as previously advertised and we are working hard to confirm this.

The ticket rollover process will be confirmed in due course and we will be in touch with you regarding the options. If you have queries or questions about our processes and decisions, please get in touch via our contact page <click here >

Thank you for your understanding. We wish you and your families a safe and healthy time ahead and look forward to seeing you next year.

Best wishes from everyone on the Linton Festival Committee.

Mike Sanchez

British singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez is one of the most exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the world today. His indelible image as a frenetic front man, pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano in a soaking suit, has won him fans from all over the world and attracted a following from many famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work with him.

The authorised biography ‘Mike Sanchez-Big Town Playboy’ by Michael Madden with a foreword by Robert Plant and published by Music Mentor Books is available from Mike’s store and Amazon. Mike will be busy promoting his book as well as his most recent album releases ‘So Many Routes’ featuring Grammy award winning country rock guitar legend Albert Lee and his critically acclaimed album ‘Almost Grown’ featuring Imelda May.

Mike spent four years as a full-time member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, fronting the band alongside Georgie Fame, Beverly Skeete, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low and Eddie Floyd on their annual world tours. The Rhythm Kings released their album ‘Just for a Thrill’ and a fabulous DVD entitled ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, both featuring Mike’s extensive role as a member of the ex-Rolling Stones bassist’s touring band.

In December 2007 Mike was invited to appear as a guest vocalist with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings at one of the most publicised musical events of the year – the Led Zeppelin reunion at London’s O2 Arena, a tribute to the memory of the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records. Mike performed alongside such soul legends as Solomon Burke, Ben E King, Percy Sledge and Sam Moore.

Mike is currently involved in a number of touring line-ups, most notably his 6-piece outfit Mike Sanchez and his Band featuring Tom Bull on guitar, bassist Nick Whitfield (both Tom and Nick hail from Leicester’s Drugstore Cowboys), Mike’s long term drummer Mark Morgan, Nick Lunt on baritone sax (Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) and Martin Winning on tenor sax (Van Morrison). This band’s performances continuously receive fabulous reviews throughout the blues and rockin’ scenes across the UK and Europe.

A 2009 recording project was Mike’s second collaboration with top Swedish bluesmen The Beat From Palookaville, creating the hot rockin’ album ‘Babes & Buicks’ out on Mike’s own Doopin Music.
In 2003 Mike released a debut 2-hour DVD titled ‘Red Hot …Live!’ featuring live shows of his own 4 and 7-piece band and The Mike Sanchez Rhythm & Blues Revue, a Johnny Otis 1950s style show starring doo-wop vocal trio The Extraordinaires and Imelda May who shortly thereafter became a household name.

Mike Sanchez was born Jesus Miguel Sanchez in London’s East End to Spanish parents Jesus and Manola on the 17th of February 1964. At the age of eleven, his family moved to Worcestershire in the West Midlands where Mike took up the piano, developing a strong love for 1950s’ American roots music through his high school years. As a teenager he taught himself guitar and formed The Rockets, a rockabilly trio.
Shortly after, Mike was introduced to former Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown and Steve Gibbons’ multi-instrumentalist Andy Silvester by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, which led to the founding of the Big Town Playboys in 1984, specialising in authentic post-war Rhythm & Blues. Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker became an early fan and introduced Mike to his friends Eric Clapton and Amen Corner’s Andy Fairweather-Low. The latter signed up as guitarist with the Big Town Playboys for two years in the 1990s. Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood is another good friend who regularly involves Mike in his plans wherever possible.

Mike recorded a number of albums including the classic Gene Vincent/Cliff Gallup tribute album ‘Crazy Legs’ with guitar-great Jeff Beck in 1993. The Big Town Playboys had various stints opening for Eric Clapton at London’s Royal Albert Hall and appeared at many European music festivals, backing bluesmen like Lowell Fulson, Don & Dewey, Lonnie Brooks, Joe Hughes, Jimmy Nelson, Carey Bell and the great Little Willie Littlefield. Over the years, Mike has also been involved in movie soundtrack producing and recording, most recently for the movie ‘I’ll Be There’ (2003) starring Charlotte Church and Craig Ferguson. The well-established magazine Blues in Britain voted Mike ‘UK Keyboard Player of the Year’ for four consecutive years (2000-2004).

Mike’s main aim has always been to make every live show his best yet as he continuously enjoys growing acclaim and admiration for his electrifying stage performances from new and old fans of all age groups across the world. He is now a family man living with his wife Sarah and their son Louie Ray in the Sierra Gredos near Madrid considering the next significant step in his colourful career.

Charity Press Release 2019

Local festival raises £120,000 for local charities

It’s probably a little-known fact that numerous local charities and worthy causes have benefited from the funds to the tune of over £120,00 raised by the organisers of Linton Festival during it’s 19 year history.

“This year our nominated local charities benefited from a whopping £16,000 in sponsorship and donations raised by the festival.” Said festival chairman, David Lambert, at the official cheque presentation last week.

“Of course, we couldn’t do it without the generous support of our local business sponsors who help to cover part of our overheads and advertise in our festival programme.”

“Now in its 19th year, Herefordshire’s best loved 3-day music event took place back in July and plans are already in place for the celebration of Linton Festival’s 20th anniversary on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2020 with an amazing line-up of acts to suit all tastes and ages.”

Linton Festival is a not for profit community event, run by volunteers and is held in the grounds of The Alma Inn, Linton near Ross-on-Wye, which won CAMRA’s Herefordshire pub of the year in 2018. It attracts thousands of visitors to the area from all over the country, and even parts of Europe.

Recycled glasses

With reusable plastic glasses this year!
Pick up your reusable plastic pint glass for £2.
Use it throughout the festival.
Return it on departure for a £2 refund.
OR put it in the donation bin and £2 will go to charity.
OR take it home as a souvenir.


Some maps to help find us and where things are on the festival site!

Guardian Review – Linton Festival 24-26 June

Guardian Review – Linton Festival 24-26 June

Suzi Quatro. Photograph: Picture Perfect/Rex Shutterstock

Basic but well-organised camping, spectacular real-ale menu, and a wide sweep across 21st-century angles on R&B, soul and blues – with indestructible 60s soul-swinger Geno Washington and his Ram Jam Band, Suzi Quatro, and acclaimed blues-rock modernists King King. The Alma inn, Linton, Ross-on-Wye

see full article here: The-Guardian


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