Linton Festival, founded in 2001, has become highly respected amongst the UK Blues community for its quality and varied music programming and friendly atmosphere.

Running from July 6 to 8, this year's headline acts include the legendary Dr Feelgood and Big Country and promises to be a fantastic weekend of live music with quality ales, cider, food and fun on offer.

Also on the line-up is the Starlite Campbell Band, featuring bass player and songwriter Suzy Starlite, who was born and grew up in nearby Ross-on-Wye.

Since the band's debut album Blueberry Pie was nominated for best album in the European Blues Awards, things have really started to heat up for the band, with their diary steadily filling up with invitations to play at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe, plus a tour of Australia in November.

Her fierce bass tone and style have also attracted the attention of equipment manufacturers and journalists alike with recent endorsements by legendary HiWatt Amplification (used famously by Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd), Mike Lull Custom Guitars (USA) and Lehle Electronics.

“One morning I received an email from Joel McIver, the Editor of Bass Guitar Magazine asking me if I would like to do an interview for the magazine!” Suzy says. “It felt totally surreal and an incredible honour for me to be given the opportunity to talk about my love for all things bass.”

The Starlite Campbell Band consists of Suzy and her husband British and European Blues Awards nominee Simon Campbell supported by Hammond organ supremo Jonny Henderson and top session drummer Steve Gibson, who both played on Blueberry Pie.

But the one festival Suzy had her heart set on playing was Linton, and to her great delight, her wish came true when the band received an invitation from the Festival board.

“There’s always something special when you play on your home turf,” Suzy says. “Ross has so many wonderful childhood memories for me but I also wanted to create new ones by sharing our music with my family and friends who are all coming along..”

The Starlite Campbell Band are a four piece steeped in British Blues - think Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and early Led Zeppelin. With contemporary songs inspired by real life and real people, the band have a sound and vibe reminiscent of the mid 60s to early 70s - the halcyon days of music.

The band will be opening Linton Festival on Saturday, July 7. Tickets are available from River Music on Broad Street in Ross-onWye, The Alma In in Linton and online at