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

Your business has a chance to be a part of it by joining the team as a partner or sponsor.

Over 30,000 people flocked to the Lancashire town of Colne to enjoy the return of The Great British R&B Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2023.

Organisers of the event, Colne Town Council, set out to deliver the biggest and best festival yet and they did not disappoint, with a sensational weekend packed full of live music with 50 artists performing across three venues, Colne Muni, Mini Muni and Pendle Hippodrome, including some of the blues, rock, roots and folk industries most acclaimed singers.

The festival returns in 2024 with Colne Blues Society taking lead in programming the main stages, Pendle Hippodrome & The Exchange Project Stage, as well as programming a jam packed weekend of live music in the Official Fringe Venues.

The numbers are quite astounding; 15+ venues, 150+ separate performances and around 30,000 – 35,000 visitors over one incredible summer weekend.

Don’t miss out. Get your business on board by discussing the opportunities with the Colne Town Council Clerk on 01282 861888
or e-mail her at

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, CCTV, Primet Community Centre and the town’s iconic Town Hall and is now operating almost like a main council.

There are plans to take on further services during 2018 – 2019. This is the second year of Colne Town Council delivering 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.

Barnfield Construction

Barnfield Homes / Barnfield Construction

Barnfield Construction are based in Nelson and were established over 40 years ago. The £80 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, health, education, 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.

Colne Blues Society

The volunteer members of Colne Blues Society – a creative collective comprising local musicians, blues fans, and events entertainment aficionados – have been working hard to make sure the fringe element of Colne’s beloved Blues Festival can remain in the town.

Colne Blues Society have been award Artist Director of the 2023 and 2024 Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival and are also programming the Official Fringe Venues.


Community Rail Lancashire

A community rail partnership is a partnership between Network Rail, the train operating company, local council, other community organisations such as rail user groups and other stakeholders and supported by ACoRP and the DfT, working to improve their community rail lines, stations and services. There is also a host of volunteers (around 3,200) who contribute around 250,000 hours of work each year at their local station and community bringing in about £3.4 million of extra value to the rail industry.

Lancashire has five community rail partnerships (CRPs) that cover a total of eight lines or routes and these form one of the biggest groups of CRPs in the country.