PICTURES: Dereham Blues Festival back with a bang on opening night

Kyla Brox performing on the opening night of Dereham Blues Festival 2022 at the Memorial Hall

Kyla Brox performing on the opening night of Dereham Blues Festival 2022 at the Memorial Hall - Credit: Colin Collis

A sell-out crowd was left beaming from ear to ear on Wednesday evening as Dereham Blues Festival made a triumphant return. 

After a two-year, Covid-enforced absence, the musical extravaganza got off to a flying start at Dereham Memorial Hall courtesy of headliners When Rivers Meet and Kyla Brox. 

When Rivers Meet performing at Dereham Blues Festival 2022

When Rivers Meet performing at Dereham Blues Festival 2022 - Credit: Colin Collis

They were capably supported by local community choir Rockavox, who performed in the bar area before the main gig began. 

The popular event, which has been attracting thousands of blues enthusiasts to mid Norfolk since 2013, is now set to continue with another four days of entertainment.

Kyla Brox and her band performing at Dereham Blues Festival 2022

Kyla Brox and her band performing at Dereham Blues Festival 2022 - Credit: Colin Collis

Organisers have promised a "bigger festival than we have ever seen before", with around 70 bands and artists playing in 17 venues.

This year, an open-air busking event will be held for the first time as part of the festivities on Saturday (July 9) at Ellenor Fenn Garden.  

Husband and wife Aaron and Grace Bond of When Rivers Meet at Dereham Blues Festival 2022

Husband and wife Aaron and Grace Bond of When Rivers Meet at Dereham Blues Festival 2022 - Credit: Colin Collis

For the full list of bands, venues and performance times, visit derehambluesfestival.org.uk and select 'Program 2022'.

Community choir Rockavox performed before the opening gig at Dereham Blues Festival 2022

Community choir Rockavox performed before the opening gig at Dereham Blues Festival 2022 - Credit: Colin Collis

Kyla Brox, one of the headliners at Dereham Blues Festival 2022

Kyla Brox, one of the headliners at Dereham Blues Festival 2022 - Credit: Colin Collis

When Rivers Meet are given a rousing reception at Dereham Blues Festival 2022

When Rivers Meet are given a rousing reception at Dereham Blues Festival 2022 - Credit: Colin Collis

Kyla Brox performing on the opening night of Dereham Blues Festival 2022 at the Memorial Hall

Kyla Brox performing on the opening night of Dereham Blues Festival 2022 at the Memorial Hall - Credit: Colin Collis

Community choir Rockavox performed before the opening gig at Dereham Blues Festival 2022

Community choir Rockavox performed before the opening gig at Dereham Blues Festival 2022 - Credit: Colin Collis

Husband and wife Aaron and Grace Bond of When Rivers Meet at Dereham Blues Festival 2022

Husband and wife Aaron and Grace Bond of When Rivers Meet at Dereham Blues Festival 2022 - Credit: Colin Collis