PREPARATIONS are well underway for the 33rd Swanage Blues Festival, which is set to take place at a variety of venues next month.

The event, boasting 44 bands playing 70 gigs across 18 indoor venues, takes place over four days.

Artists include Back Porch, The Robert Hokum All Star Session, Jon Vaughn and Ray Drury, The Mustangs and Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion.

Venues include The Black Swan, The Centre, East Bar, Grand Hotel, The Legion, The Waterfront and The White Swan.

Organiser Steve Darrington said: "Swanage Blues is independent, not for profit and depends entirely on the sale of support wristbands to pay festival expenses.

"Venues are autonomous and may require wristbands to be worn. Show your appreciation and financial support by voluntarily purchasing a support wristband."

The Swanage Blues Festival takes place on March 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Wristbands cost £10.

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