The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival occurs in Colne, Lancashire, over the bank holiday weekend in August.

The festival takes place in numerous town centre venues (from 750 to 50 capacity), Colne & Nelson Rugby Club (which also doubles-up as the festival campsite), plus many more restaurants and bars. This beautiful town is an ideal location for an event of this kind, with one long ‘main’ street (closed to traffic) which hosts on-street entertainment, busking, incredible food stalls, bars and more.

Each music venue 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.  

An estimated ​15​,000 – 25​,000 people attended the 2017, 2018 & 2019’s festivals; with the event receiving a HUGE amount of love (just some of the comments are below).  

There are also many ‘Roadhouse’ venues dotted around the town, hosting events and live music, which are free to enjoy.


Here is just some of the love for our recent festivals:

“Fabulous festival! Very diverse lineup. Friendly staff. Well done!” 5*****

“Great festival from both a performers and punters point of view” 5*****

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

“Unbelievably rich experience! Great music, great variety within the genre, great people and glorious sunshine”

“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*****


2017 was the first year in which this event was organised and managed by Colne Town Council.

The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival: Lancashire Tourism Award – ‘Small Tourism Event Award’ Finalist 2017
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival: UK Blues Federation Award – ‘Blues Based Festival of The Year’ Finalists 2017
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival: European Blues Award – ‘Best Event/Festival’ Nominee 2018
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival: European Blues Awards – ‘Best Event/Festival’ Nominee 2019 (only UK festival to be nominated)
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival: European Festival Awards – ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ – Nominee 2019
The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival: UK Blues Awards – ‘Blues Based Festival of the Year’ – Winner 2019



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