The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival will return in style this summer with a rock, roots and folk twist, plus a sensational line-up of artists including farewell tours for some of the Blues industries’ most acclaimed singers and bands.

Taking place from 26th-28th August in Colne, Lancashire, over 50 artists will perform over the three-day festival at The Colne Muni, Mini Muni and Pendle Hippodrome.

Multi-award winning Ian Siegal presents B.L.U.E.S. heads up a sensational line-up, which also includes Blues’ Godfather Geno Washington, who is embarking on his farewell tour after seven decades in the business; one of the UK’s if not the world’s hottest contemporary blues guitarists Aynsley Lister; legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne; UK rock band FM who have toured the world with the likes of Status Quo, Bon Jovi, Tina Turner and Foreigner; as well as Nine Below Zero, highly regarded as “one of the best blues bands around today.”

You can see the full-line up here:

Individual day and full festival tickets are available for the event, with day tickets priced at just £30-£40 and the full weekend ticket priced at £100, including access to all the venues. Children Under 12 are also able to attend the concerts free of charge with a paying adult (T&Cs apply), while festival camping passes are also available for the Colne & Nelson Rugby Club site.

All tickets can be purchased online:

Peter Barton, Artistic Director for The Great British R&B Festival, commented:

“It’s a very, very strong line-up. We’ve got six concerts taking place at Colne Muni and Pendle Hippodrome over the weekend. Each individual gig has got between 7 to 12 bands on per day/night and that equates to less than £4 per band, which is ridiculously cheap!

“It’s the last chance to see some of these bands and where can you go for a Friday night out with a festival environment for just £30?”

Councillor Mary Thomas, Chair of Colne Town Council, said:

“It’s very important for the Council and for our local businesses that the Rhythm & Blues Festival is back on. We haven’t been able to hold it for two years due to COVID-19, so it’s going to be bigger and better in 2022.

“This festival is unique. Colne is a small mill town in East Lancashire, but it is absolutely banging on August Bank Holiday weekend and the line-up which we have got this year is absolutely tremendous and we can’t wait to welcome everybody to our town.”

Tracy Clavell-Bate, head of development at main sponsors Barnfield Construction, said:

“We are extremely proud to be sponsors once again for the Great British R&B Festival, it’s a great family event and we look forward to being here for the weekend.”

Alongside the strong event line-up, there will also be a number of other activities taking place in Colne including The Official Fringe, which will showcase a blend of the finest UK blues acts and local artists in pubs and clubs around the town, while family-fun entertainment and great #shoplocal offers will also be available.

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Published On: July 8th, 2022
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