Colne ready for Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival 2018

Robert J Hunter is set to perform at the event.
Robert J Hunter is set to perform at the event.
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Upwards of 20,000 music lovers are expected to descend on Colne this summer as the The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival 2018 rolls into town.

Promising to be as enjoyable as it is eclectic, the festival is gearing up to make beautiful Colne its home this August, with everything from a festival market, on-street entertainment, a pop-up DJ booth, official busker gazebos, incredible food stalls, real ale bars, and much more set up along Albert Street and Market Road.

With music venues within easy reach of the festival's main street, event organisers are claiming that the festival is not only Europe’s best contemporary blues festival, but also a one-of-a-kind and much-loved jaunt for people of the local area to come down and sample some of the delights on offer.

This year's headliners at the festival - which takes place on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, and Sunday 26th of August - 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.

There will also be a 'Pop-Up Festival DJ Booth' outside town hall hosting a promising mix of blues-tinged music by some of the UKs best-loved blues presenters and DJs including Gary Grainger, Jennifer Noble, Richard Dunning, and Dave Raven, while the festival will also be setting up six dedicated busker gazebos placed across the town as well playing free-to-enjoy music from 2pm(ish) til 8pm(ish) each day.

With over 150 gigs by 130 different performers across 15 venues, tickets for the festival are priced at £75 for full weekend access, £20 for Friday, £35 for Saturday, and £35 for Sunday.