The Big Wheel Blues Festival


For 2014 the Big Wheel Blues Festival returns the Villa Marina in Douglas

As the songs says.. ‘Laxey was a mining village many years ago…’and before that it was a fishing village. The name comes from the Vikings who obviously must have found salmon in the river running down to the coast below their ‘snow mountain’. Now it is a great place to live and work with a thriving community, primary school, businesses and pubs, restaurants, cafes and take-aways. See Laxey Commissioners web site for more information, a map and photographs:

The Institute

A wonderful venue for the Blues Festival Part II event September 2017 - remember to BYOB.

Community centre, entertainment venue & village hall. Originally formed on this site in 1876, as a facility for the mine & mill workers of the village. Briefly served in the 1950's as a YMCA, and is one of only 2 registered buildings in the village.

Restored & run by a team of volunteers, with a management committee who maintain the building, take bookings and organise entertainment.

The Pavillion Ballroom located in the beautiful Laxey Glen Gardens set in the heart of Laxey village.



Wicked Grin featuring festival team members Dave, John, Dave and Pete on stage in the Pavilion Ballroom with John Hammond at the 2006 festival.