Monday 12 May 2014

Fri 22nd – Mon 25th August

This year The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

And there are some great names lined-up for this milestone, including Eric Burdon, Lucky Peterson, Eric Sardinas, Otis Grand, Mike Sanchez, Andy Fairweather Low, the Martin Barre Band, Caravan, The Groundhogs, Grainne Duffy, The Yardbirds and Dr Feelgood.

PLUS: Jazz On The Sunday with the Snake Davis Jazz Band – and The British Blues Awards

These musicians – and hundreds more - will be performing throughout the four day event this August Bank Holiday weekend.

Over the last two decades the Festival has grown in size and popularity with the amount of people who travel from the length and breadth of the UK, as well as Europe and the USA, to this part of Lancashire to listen to every kind of Blues music.

The calibre of the Festival was recognised last year when it was declared the Best Blues Festival in the European Blues Awards 2013.

With more than 600 artistes performing at eight official venues over four days, Colne’s Blues Festival is now a firm favourite with locals and visitors as THE place to be over the Bank Holiday weekend.

As well as the International Stage, there will also be some popular favourites and new faces keeping the music going on the British Stage and the Acoustic Stage, as well as the five official roadhouses.

There will be another afternoon of Jazz on the Sunday, with the Snake Davis Jazz Band heading the bill; Radio Lancashire will once again be broadcasting live from the British Stage at certain times over the weekend; There will be some fresh, new, young talent performing throughout the Festival as part of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned initiative; There will be an outdoor stage in the town centre and the Festival will once again play host to the British Blues Awards, hopefully bringing even more people to the event.

The British Blues Awards recognises the best of Blues music, musicians and festivals in 15 different categories, including British Male and Female Vocalist, British Blues Band, British Instrumentalist and British Young Artist. The awards will be presented on the British Stage on the Sunday afternoon.

Sponsoring the Festival again this year will be Barnfield Construction, East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, Matthew Clark brewery, Reidys Home of Music and Radio Lancashire.

Festival organiser, Alison Goode, said: “This year we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary, which we are thrilled about and consider it a fantastic achievement to still be going so strong after all these years.

“Every year we try to cater for all musical tastes and again, we are really excited by the line-up we have already secured. We look forward to welcoming back loyal supporters who return year after year to enjoy four whole days of live music, as well as those visiting for the first time.

“The terrific line-up, all the extras and the fantastic buzz and atmosphere this Festival is known for, should all add up to an anniversary to remember!”

For a full line-up, to find out more and to buy tickets, visit the official website

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