Saturday, 1st August 2015
A quirky new Roadhouse venue is being introduced to this year’s Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.
The Little Theatre will be transformed into The Little Acoustic Stage for the Saturday and Sunday of the four day event.
One of the oldest – and smallest – amateur run venues in the country, Colne Dramatic Society bought the former Victorian stable block in the early 1940s and following a long labour of love refurbishment, opened it in 1949. It is a perfect Victorian Music Hall design – but in miniature, with fixed, tip-up chairs and a proscenium arch stage. And with just 72 seats, will provide an intimate setting for a host of Blues bands and musicians.
With an outdoor bar in the courtyard, The Little Acoustic Stage will play host to some Festival favourites, including The Ginjammers, Rita Payne, Dave Onions, Tom Attah, The Cats and Leeds City Stompers.
The calibre of talent on the International Stage continues for a 26th year with an amazing line-up which some Blues fans are describing as the best we have had for years!
Blues legends confirmed to grace the stage include Coco Montoya, Anson Funderburgh, Davina and The Vagabonds, Billy Boy Arnold, Avery Sunshine, The Climax Blues Band and Nikki Hill, who will all be performing throughout the four day event this August Bank Holiday weekend - Friday, August 28th to Monday, August 31st.
One of the highlights of this year’s Festival will be a special night hosted by one of the world’s leading Blues record labels. The Alligator Records Night will be introduced by the label’s founder and president, Bruce Iglauer, who has selected three of the biggest names on his label to perform at Colne. Music-lovers can look forward to sets from Tommy Castro, Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton to make this coup for the Festival a Sunday night to remember.
A very strong line-up has been booked for the British Stage, including Aynsley Lister, Shaun Webster, Kyla Brox and The Revolutionaires, and, as usual, there will be plenty of talent performing as part of the Acoustic Stage, which is always a packed, popular venue.
Add to this the official Roadhouse venues - The Crown Hotel, Colne Legion, Admiral Lord Rodney and Colne and Nelson Rugby Club, as well as the latest addition, The Little Acoustic Stage – and you get one heck of a Festival!
Radio Lancashire will once again be broadcasting live from the British Stage at certain times over the weekend; there will be some new, young talent performing as part of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned initiative and there will once again be an outdoor stage in the town centre.
So, with some of the best names in the Blues world, lots of great music and a fantastic atmosphere, where else would you want to be this August Bank Holiday weekend?
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