Introducing your new British Stage for 2016

Thursday, 7th April 2016

For 2016, Pendle Hippodrome Theatre will become the British Stage at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival!

The amateur-run theatre, just off Colne’s main high street, has a capacity of just under 500. Built in 1914, it started its life as a cini-variety theatre, until the arrival of talking pictures in the 1930s and became a cinema for the next 30 years.

Rumours of the building’s closure in 1978, prompted three local operatic societies to club together to save it and raised the money to buy it through a variety of weird and wonderful fundraising initiatives. Then it became a labour of love to repair and restore it. The building officially re-opened in 1986 as Pendle Hippodrome Theatre.

Check out the British Stage line-up here

The stunning Georgian building, with its grand stage, will act as the British Stage for the four day event. The first few rows of the fixed seating will be removed to enable people to dance and the balcony will be closed off to keep the intimacy of the venue.

Radio Lancashire will once again take over the proceedings on the Friday night, with a talented line-up, live broadcasts and celebrity interviews; and Monday will be Blues Matters day, with the popular magazine taking charge of programming.

Festival spokesperson, Sue Madigan, said: “We are really excited about this new venue and feel it will bring a whole new feel to the British Stage. Every year we try to cater for all musical tastes and keep the Festival alive and exciting with different ideas and initiatives.”

A British Stage badge, costing just £5 for the whole four days, will be required to gain access to this venue.

The countdown begins, get the dates in your diary!