We've retained our title as Europe's Best Blues Festival!

Wednesday, 1st July 2015


Now in our 26th year, Colne’s annual music event has been named as Europe’s Best Blues Festival by the European Blues Awards.

Formed in 1981, the European Blues Awards are widely referred to as the biggest genre accolade outside the USA. Representatives from Pendle Leisure Trust picked up the award at the Manchester Acoustic Blues Festival where we were joined by Elbow’s Guy Garvey.

Voting was open to anyone but it was the blues loving public who voted in their thousands to cast Colne’s Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival as the best in Europe.

Other nominees included Le Buis Blues Festival in France and the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, a festival which attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors and has hosted the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Robin Trower, Buddy Guy and John Mayall.

The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival gets bigger each year, with last year’s festival again attracting blues fans from all over the UK and even further afield. Attracting the biggest names in blues music, Colne’s R and B Festival envelops the town’s musical soul throughout the duration of the August bank holiday weekend and has put the town on the map.

This latest award caps what is a fantastic achievement for the festival, the town and the fans who have all made the last 26 years a real success story.

Festival organiser, Alison Goode, said: “We are absolutely delighted and extremely honoured to have won this award again, which officially recognises the Festival as the best in Europe!

“We would especially like to thank the thousands of Blues fans who travel to Colne year after year and keep the Festival alive.”