Live Music Venue in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

cafe rene rhythm and blues festival 2018

The biggest free Blues Festival is back!

7 days of nothin' but the blues, 20 bands, ales and cider festival, BBQ, hog roast and an outside stage

This year's line up:


The Worried Men. 


Troy Redfern.


Buzzin Hornets. 


Oliver Darling. 


The Lewis Creaven Band, Innes Sibun. 


Damon T Music & Mark Cole. Pistol Pete Wearn. Max & Veronica. The Achievers. Blackballed. Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue 'The Big Band'The Hot Tin Roofs. 


Reverend Robert. The Swamp Stomp String Band. The HardChargers. The Spike Drivers. Storm Warning. Vincent Flatts Lawless. Elles Bailey.

Once again we will be raising money for the fantastic charity The James Hopkins Trust

Monday 23rd July - Sunday 29th July

Free entry

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Cafe Rene Rhythm & Blues Festival 2018

hired guns

Hired Guns are Gloucesters’ finest original Hard Rock band. Winners of last years Gloucester Battle Of The Bands, they have a big following across the south-west. For fans of Black Stone Cherry, Guns and Roses, Motley Crue, Shinedown, Alterbridge, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more.

Friday 27th July @ 11pm

Free entry before 11pm £3 after

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damon t & mark cole

New York City born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Damon T is the 'King Of Blues' in Gloucester. a well known and loved musician who is heavily influenced by traditional roots music joined by mark cole a true blues man who play blues harp, sing and play a variety of guitars!

Wednesday 1st August @ 9pm

Free entry

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the rumble

Hailing from The Forest Of Dean in Gloucestershire, The Rumble are an exciting garage Rock 'n' Roll band. With a growling riff laden guitar, menacing rumbling bass and hard hitting drums they are creating a growing cult following wherever they play.

Friday 3rd August @ 11pm

Free entry before 11pm £3 after

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Swamp Candy is a U.S Blues Duo that takes over the stage with the same raw energy and strength as any full piece Blues band. Their Aggressive Stomping-Mississippi-Blues and cross-genre sets create an eclectic mix of honestly crafted songs that will take you on a journey of raw emotion and refined sensation. Check out their website and listen to their songs and see the videos, you won’t be disappointed!

Wednesday 8th August @ 9pm

Free entry

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andy quick

Andy Is best known for fronting SW festival favourites Land Of The Giants. Formed in 2009 the band have toured extensively, produced 3 studio records and have a great reputation and a growing following throughout the UK "Obsessed" with song-writing, Andy is a writer of anthems that stick with you long after the show is over. As a performer he has real fire in his belly and is now a regular player on major festival stages including Glastonbury, Bestival and Isle of Wight to name but a few.

Friday 10th August @ 11pm

Free entry before 11pm £3 after

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harry houseago

Harry Houseago is an art-pop outlier, existing on the fringes of indie folk, dirty electronica and ambient music. Weaving cryptic tales of quiet tragedy between swirling guitars and whirring, fizzing electronics, his debut EP ‘Trouble Enough’ (produced with Tim Morris; Enter Shikari and mastered by Dick Beetham; Alt-J, Seth Lakeman) stretches the boundaries of what a singer-songwriter can be understood to be.

Wednesday 22nd August @ 9pm

Free entry

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hip route

Fronted by Jim Blair Hip Route is a seriously cool Funk/Blues band. Part of the UK Roots Movement their music is lively and always gets the room moving till the very last chord on the Lap Guitar is strung. These guys are effortlessly cool, hip and funky- the moment Jim Blair strikes up the old slide guitar , the heads turn, the feet tap and then the rest of the band storm headfirst into groove.' - Cleverhead Promotions, Bristol

Friday 24th August @ 11pm

Free entry before 11pm £3 after

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Groovelator finds freedom and elation in the groove! The band features virtuosic Hammond Organist John Paul Gard, Tom Gilkes on drums, Mark Lawrence on guitar and Dan Puzey on saxophone with repertoire taken from funk, blues and soul classics, pop hits, sizzlin’ fusion, gospel and jazz.

Wednesday 26th August @ 9pm

Free entry

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splat the rat

Splat The Rat are coming to Café René with their Traditional folk, taking songs of old and giving them a modern day going over!

Friday 28th August @ 11pm

Free entry before 11pm £3 after

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will edmunds band

The Will Edmunds Trio is a blues rock outfit from Bristol, playing songs that have a strong sometimes harsh edge, that is soothed by the vocals of Will. Playing original songs as well as interpretations of some of their favourite Blues tracks. A fresh band with a fresh sound.

Wednesday 29th August @ 9pm

Free entry

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charlie baxter vs michael d wynn

BBC Introducing featured upbeat Friday night electronics, synths, drum machines, samples & mashups from michael d wynn and charlie baxter(’s in my house)

Friday 31st August @ 11pm

Free entry before 11pm £3 after

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