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
Xander & The Pirates
Saturday 26th August – Main Stages
Sam Kelly’s Station House
Zoe Green Band
Lisa Mills Band
Chris Corcoran Trio ft Katie Bradley
Charlotte Marshall & The 45s
Robert J Hunter
Dan Burnett Band
J-Bear & The Giants
Saturday 26th August – Alternative Stage: Mini Muni
Blues Boys Kings
Mad Jack & The Hatters
Saturday 26th August – Little Theatre
Half Deaf Clatch
Jack J Hutchinson
Fran McGillvray & Mike Burke
Sunday 27th August
Mike Vernon’s Mighty Combo
The Johnny Max Band
Michael Messer’s Mitra
Mike Ross Band
Ruby & The Revelators
Sunday 27th August – Alternative Stage: Mini Muni
Richard Townend (songwriting workshop)
King Size Slim
Sunday 27th August – Little Theatre
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