Upwards of 20,000 music lovers are expected in Colne, Lancashire this summer for The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival 2018.

The festival takes place in numerous town centre venues (from 750 to 50 capacity), Colne and Nelson Rugby Club (which also doubles-up as the festival campsite), plus many more restaurants and bars (also known as the festival ‘Roadhouse Venues’).

This beautiful town is an ideal location for an event of this kind, with one long ‘main’ street (closed to traffic) which hosts on-street entertainment, busking, pop-up DJs, incredible food stalls, a festival market, a kids fun fair, real ale bars and more.

Each music venue is within easy reach of the main street, making this event not only Europe’s best contemporary blues festival but also a one-of-a-kind and much-loved festival for people from the local area.

Headliners this year include King King (winners of both Band of the Year and Album of the Year at the recent UK Blues Awards), My Baby, Laurence Jones, Kyla Brox, Simon McBride and Connie Lush.

Full Festival Line-Ups:

The ticketed event artists – across the four main festival stages at the 2018 event – are listed here (by day):

Friday 25th August – Main Stages
Laurence Jones
Connie Lush
Xander & The Pirates
Slack Alice
Guy Tortora

Saturday 26th August – Main Stages
My Baby
Simon McBride
Sam Kelly’s Station House
Rufus Black
The Wolves
Marcus Malone
Zoe Green Band
Lisa Mills Band
Chris Corcoran Trio ft Katie Bradley
Charlotte Marshall & The 45s
Backwater Roll
Robert J Hunter
Dan Burnett Band
J-Bear & The Giants

Saturday 26th August – Alternative Stage: Mini Muni
Calum Ingram
Devils Jukebox
Mojo Preachers
Blues Boys Kings
Mad Jack & The Hatters
Washboard Resonators

Saturday 26th August – Little Theatre
Half Deaf Clatch
Jack J Hutchinson
Tom Doughty
Ged Wilson
Niall Kelly
Fran McGillvray & Mike Burke

Sunday 27th August
King King
Kyla Brox
Mike Vernon’s Mighty Combo
Lisa Mann
Elles Bailey
The Johnny Max Band
Adrian Gautrey
Red Butler
Delta Ladies
Trevor Sewell
Michael Messer’s Mitra
Mike Ross Band
Ruby & The Revelators

Sunday 27th August – Alternative Stage: Mini Muni
Richard Townend (songwriting workshop)
King Size Slim
The Savages

Sunday 27th August – Little Theatre 
Becca Langsford
Michael Woods
Bella Collins
Benjamin Bassford
Trevor Babajack Steger

Tickets are available via this link:

For the latest details about the festival, plus ticket links, please visit www.bluesfestival.co.uk

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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