This is it!

Thursday, 27th August 2015

The directional signs are up, the venues have been decorated and the acts have been confirmed for what promises to be a weekend to remember!

As the musicians carry out their last minute sound checks, scores of fans have started to descend on the town, ready to listen to some unforgettable Blues tunes.

With some top-class, quality headline acts, some new, young talent and some Festival favourites, the 26th Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival is ready and raring to go!

From authentic electric Blues, through to rock, jazz and acoustic sets, there really is something for every one of the thousands of visitors expected this August Bank Holiday weekend.

Pat McManus kicks-off the proceedings on the International Stage at 7.30pm tonight, with another 600 musicians following suit at the eight official venues over the four day festival.

Some other names to look out for on the International Stage this weekend include, Coco Montoya, Avery Sunshine, Nikki Hill, Davina and The Vagabonds, Courtney Pine, Billy Boy Arnold, Mike Vernon and Tommy Castro.

In fact, there’s something for all Blues music fans at all of the official venues – the British Stage at Pendle Leisure Centre, the Acoustic Stage at the Lesser Muni and the roadhouses - Colne & Nelson Rugby Club, The Admiral Lord Rodney, The Crown Hotel, Colne Legion – and new for 2015, The Little Acoustic Stage at The Little Theatre. Once again we would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support, especially Barnfield Construction, who, once again this year, are sponsoring the official roadhouses.

Highlights on the British Stage will include festival favourites Sean Webster, The Revolutionaires, Aynsley Lister and Kyla Brox, along with her father Victor, performing alongside the likes of Babajack and the Dana Dixon Band.

And the Acoustic Stage ones to watch include Blue Swamp, Phil Shackleton, Joni Fuller and the Leeds City Stompers, all on stage at The Lesser Muni.

The Festival Box Office will be open all weekend for anyone wanting to buy a last minute ticket to see some of the big names on the main stage; and for those simply wanting to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some great live music, then you can buy a Pledge Badge for just £4, which will give you access to the British Stage and the Acoustic Stage for the whole four days, or pay just £1 for a Roadhouse Wristband which will get you into all of the five official roadhouses for the full weekend.

Festival organiser, Alison Goode, said: “We are really looking forward to this 26th Festival, which hopefully will be as exceptional as previous years. We really do have some great line-ups across all of the stages, providing something for all musical tastes. In fact, each of the four days is a mini festival in itself with the amount of back-to-back music being performed at each of the eight official venues.

“If you have not visited before, then make sure you do. It truly is a unique experience and there are not many people who can say they have the Best Blues Festival in Europe right on their doorstep!”