Partners & Sponsors

We would like to thank our partners and sponsors, who help to make sure the Festival is a success year after year.

Partner and Sponsorship Packages

This August the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival celebrates its 28 th consecutive year at Colne as the premiere event of its kind in the UK.

2017 though is going to be a momentous year, unlike any other, and your business has a chance to be a part of it by joining the team as a partner or sponsor.

In an audacious move, Colne Town Council has taken over the event from Pendle Leisure Trust and brought in a triple British Blues Award-winning management team to put this legendary event right back on the top of the pile as Europe’s leading Rhythm & Blues festival.

In a radical shake-up, moving away from the heritage acts and focusing of the absolute cream of contemporary blues and roots, there is a new buzz to this festival, attracting a younger and broader audience. In previous years, the line-up would still be being decided but already this year many hundreds of tickets have been sold and there is real excitement and anticipation in the air.

It’s not all about the ticketed venues. With three of Colne’s largest licensed premises joining the ranks of the Official Roadhouse venues, the festival mojo is rising right across the town.

The numbers are quite astounding; 12 official stages, 112 acts, 158 separate performances and many thousands of visitors over one incredible summer weekend.

Don’t miss out. Get your business on board by discussing the opportunities with Colin Hill, Colne Town Council CEO on 01282 861888 or e-mail him on now.

Barnfield Homes
Barnfield Construction

Barnfield Construction are based in Nelson and were established over 40 years ago. The £70 million turnover, family run contractors, developers and investors offer honest, thought through and practical solutions to a diverse array of new and refurbishment building contracts ranging from industrial, commercial, retail, leisure & hospitality and residential schemes.

Barnfield Construction has established a reputation for efficiency, expertise and attention to detail. With a total workforce in excess of 250, almost every aspect of construction and civil engineering work can be undertaken from within their own professional multi-disciplinary team. Over 30 developments are currently taking place across the North West, which are either carried out alone or through the several joint venture companies that have been created with Public and Private sector partners.

Roaming Roosters

We're a farm shop and deli on Barrowford Rd, Higham and sell locally sourced, grass fed and free range meat along with handmade pies and loads more tasty stuff.
We hang our meat to get the best flavour and work closely with our farmers and producers to give you the best quality food around.
As the new owners of the farm shop we're proud to be sponsoring the Colne Great Rhythm and Blues Festival for the first time.
Enjoy the festival and please do call in and see us soon.
From all of us at Roaming Roosters

Community Rail Lancashire

Lancashire is a county of contrasts.
Explore the delightful coastal areas of the Fylde and Morecambe Bay with dramatic views across to the Lakes; the historic towns and cities such as Lancaster and Ormskirk and discover the quiet countryside of the Ribble Valley and Pendleside dominated by Pendle Hill. Exploring Lancashire by rail can be fun and educational as well! Did you know that Clitheroe has what may be the smallest castle keep in the country or that Colne host’s one of the largest Rhythm and Blues Festivals in the world? There is so much to see, enjoy and learn and it can all be reached using Lancashire’s community rail network.

The Burnley Bus Company

Colne Town Council have teamed up with The Burnley Bus Company to provide a free-to-use 'hop and stopper' bus on the Saturday (26th August) and Sunday (27th August), that will drive Blues Festival goers to the outlying 'roadhouses' of the Colne and Nelson Rugby Club, The Colne Legion and The Admiral Lord Rodney.

This is a first for the festival and grateful thanks go to the Burnley Bus Company.

Howard Rigg Properties are delighted to be helping fund this programme and wish Colne Town Council every success in delivering this great festival.

For over 30 years we have been a major East Lancs player in the high quality, new build sector of commercial and industrial property with a reputation that is reflected by many clients continuing to enjoy the stability of long term leases with us. Whilst we also acquire existing sites and lease back to original owners, we also redevelop brownfield sites as well as rejuvernate old buildings in the process. Whilst we have longstanding relationships with trusted local partners, we also welcome new opportunities to build on our growing reputation for straight dealing and a service that can only be described as exceptionally accommodating founded on providing a responsive and truly personal service.
From all of us here at Howard Rigg Properties have a wonderful time and enjoy Colne!

Carlos Ristorante

Carlo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria opened in Colne almost 30 years ago.
Come wine & dine in this charming restaurant – decorated in fine detail in the style of a charming Sicilian village. A feature of the restaurant is an impressive courtyard room – ideal for party bookings. Guests enter this “courtyard” dining area, through a stone archway with elegant wrought iron gates. The walls have frescos showing traditional Sicilian scenery and a Sicilian balconied house is depicted above the archway entrance.
From all at Carlos - Wishing the Blues Festival every success in this, its 28th year.

Colne Town Crest
Colne Town Council

Colne Town Council was initially formed in 2008 to help boost events in the town, since then it has not only developed a full programme of events but has also taken on allotments, playgrounds bus shelters, street furniture and is now operating almost like a main council. There are plans to take on further services during 2017 - 2018 and the most noticeable at the moment, is taking on delivery of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, so that Colne residents and businesses do not lose this opportunity to keep Colne on the map. The operational Team may be very small, but with Councillors are always up to the challenge of promoting Colne.

The Meeting Room

The Meeting Room Elland offers a selection of great blues gigs throughout the year, multi-functional entertainment and conference facilities, conveniently located in an atmospheric old woollen mill just a couple of minutes off junction 24 of the M62.

Jessica Foxley Music Projects

Jessica Foxley Music Projects is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, set up to give public exposure to outstanding young musicians and at the same time help sustain existing music making activities by introducing fresh, young talent. Working in partnership with other organisations, various projects have been developed which benefit both individual young musicians and the host organisations by providing high calibre performance opportunities for the cream of young musicians. Jessica Foxley Unsigned is the longest running of those projects and is run in partnership with the organisers of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival.

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Curated by the team with decades of experience, the collections include everything from boutique and luxury to heritage, romantic and more. Offering only the finest holiday cottages in gorgeous locations around the UK and abroad, wherever you decide to go, and whatever property you choose, a wonderfully memorable holiday is just around the corner..

Based locally, and its family of brands is committed to supporting Colne. Dedicated to driving tourism to the area and encouraging engagement with every member of the community, the company is proud to be the headline sponsor of this year’s Colne Grand Prix.

Colne Town Council is pleased to have as a key supporter of Colne’s events and as providers of accommodation within the area.
Visitors to the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival may find some lovely local accommodation still available at