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

The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival celebrates its festival in Colne as the premiere event of its kind in the UK.

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

In a daring move, during 2017, Colne Town Council took 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 now a new buzz to this festival, attracting a younger and broader audience.

The event in 2019 was astonishingly good, and was enjoyed by thousands of visitors from across the UK and Europe, as well as being a much-loved event for people of the local area. The event that summer won the much sought-after UKBlues Federation award for the ‘Best Blues Based Festival 2019’.

The festival continues to go from strength-to-strength. Just some of the love the event has received over the last 3 years includes:
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 a 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*****

With the majority of Colne’s licensed premises joining the ranks of official ‘Roadhouse’ venues, the festival mojo continues to rise right across the town.

The numbers are quite astounding; 15+ venues, 150+ separate performances and around 20,000 – 25,000 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 [email protected]

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 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.

The Burnley Bus Company

A better connected Burnley. Burnley Connect is the name for the network of services around the town and into Pendle.
Burnley Connect are local buses running throughout the day, 7 days a week. During the day, Burnley Connect services generally run at least every 30 minutes, with higher frequencies on some routes; this is a great way to travel. The buses are energy efficient and therefore better for the environment.
As you’d expect with modern buses, inside they are bright and comfortable, with room for buggies and wheelchairs, a powered wheelchair ramp, and CCTV cameras for your added safety.

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.

Northern Whisper Brewing Company

Northern Whisper Brewing Co. are all about exclusivity; they aim to have a beer in their range and a seat in their venues to suit all tastes. Each of their beers is brewed with only the finest ingredients and the brewery are always looking to push the boundaries of flavour.
The brewery is proud of their traditional values, inclusive ethos and innovative ideas.

The Blues Festival returns 26th August – 28th August 2022

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