27th - 29th AUGUST 2021


28th - 30th AUGUST 2020



We are proud to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, and bring together some of the prevailing blues acts of the present day.

From the friends who grew the musical idea – from one venue in 1990, to the multi-staged festival showcasing artists from around the world in 2019 – our festival has grown into an internationally recognised event, not least within the blues-based musical genre.

This year promises to be the biggest year for the festival, as it features over 170 acts playing 22 stages, over 3 days.

This anniversary is a celebration of the festival’s success over the last 30 years,” commented Leroy Philbrook, CEO of Colne Town Council. “The many years of success are testament to the quality of the event, the popularity of the musical genre, the incredible artists who have graced the stages, and also to the trust and loyalty of the festival goers. We recognise that the support we receive for the event is instrumental to it’s success,” he said.

Each music venue at the festival is within easy reach of the main street, making this event not only Europe’s ultimate contemporary blues festival, but also a one-of-a-kind and much-loved festival for people of the local area.

Approximately 2 million pounds is now brought into the area in relation to the blues festival, due to the estimated 20,000 people who attended the event during both 2017 and 2018” continues Mr Philbrook. “A number of businesses report record profits, which significantly help their yearly turnover. It is worthy of note that every cash point in the town ran out of money during the 2018 event!” he added.

2019 is the third year in which Colne Town Council have organised and managed the event. Our charming town is an ideal location for an event of it’s kind, with one long main street (closed to traffic), which hosts busking, incredible food stalls, bars and more, alongside the music venues and bars.

Mr Philbrook concludes “Dedicated to the next generation of blues related artists, the development of new workshops and experiences, first rate acts – showcasing both ‘modern blues music’, alongside ‘classics’ – plus fresh insights into this cherished musical genre; the festival hopes to continue to bring something very special to Colne for many years to come“.

An estimated ​15​,000 – 20​,000 people attended both the 2017 & 2018 blues festivals here in Colne; with the event receiving a HUGE amount of love (just some of the comments are below).

This wasn’t just a festival, it wasn’t just an incredible line-up of talent – it was a happening!

Best turnout for The Blues in many a year. Well done Colne Town Council for taking the festival on. Great decision to close down Newmarket Street and Albert Street, it really brought the crowds out to the bars. Also good move to have the designated busking tents 5*****

An excellent time with excellent music and atmosphere throughout the weekend. This was our first time, but definitely not the last. 5*****

Great festival atmosphere, brilliant street entertainment, all so much fun. Five stars for all the volunteers – they were blooming awesome – so helpful and supportive“.

We’re hugely looking forward to the 2019, 30th anniversary event.

You can read stories from festival goers who share their ‘blues in Colne’ festival experiences with us, via this blog:
Colne Blues Festival Stories

Posters and flyers from previous Blues Festivals in Colne


The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

The Town Hall, Albert Road, ​Colne, BB8 0AQ​


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