23rd - 25th AUGUST 2019





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

This August the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival celebrates its 29th consecutive year at Colne as the premiere event of its kind in the UK.

2018 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; 15 official stages, 130+ acts, 150+ 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 ceo@colnetowncouncil.org.uk 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.

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.

Howard Rigg

Howard Rigg Properties have been a major player in the commercial and industrial property sector here in East Lancashire for over 30 years.
During that time, they’ve built up an impressive and diverse portfolio of properties and land for rental and development purposes, which we are constantly looking to expand through further investment and acquisition.
They’ve also built something even more important: an unmatched reputation. Throughout their area of operations, property professionals and their clients know they can depend on Howard Rigg for high quality properties, straight dealing and a service that can only be described as exceptionally accommodating.


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.
Norway House, Albert Road, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 0AD

Worsthorne Brewing Company

Worsthorne Beer is a quality, handcrafted product, winning awards at prestigious beer competitions. Their beers are quickly gaining a reputation for quality and excellent flavour, and can be found in many pubs and clubs around the area; enjoyed in Pendle, Rossendale, North and West Yorkshire, the Ribble Valley and Burnley.

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.


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Jessica Foxley Music Projects

Jessica Foxley Unsigned was set up in 2010 by the Foxley family in Jessica’s
memory, to provide high profile performance opportunities for younger
musicians. Now in its 9th year, the project forms an important part of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival. It has gone from strength to strength, attracting younger musicians of a very high standard from across the UK. In 2018, the project’s organisers, Jessica Foxley Music Projects, will invite four outstanding, but as yet unsigned, younger acts to play sets on the two main stages, the Hippodrome and the Muni, on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. This year, for the first time, successful Jessica Foxley Unsigned applicants will be allocated a longer slot so they can perform a full length set.
An application form and full details about the Jessica Foxley Unsigned application terms and conditions can be found here: www.jessicafoxley.com/unsigned


The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

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


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