28th – 30th AUGUST 2020


UKBlues Federation and #ColneBlues2020 Under The Radar Project

We’re excited!

We’ve teamed up with the UKBlues Federation to offer up-and-coming, under-the-radar acts (solo artists or bands) the opportunity to play the main stages at the festival this summer.

Two bands/artists will be chosen to each play a one hour slot. The judges are seeking blues-based acts with originality (no ‘covers’ bands please), creativity, technical ability, musical compatibility to the festival, and entertainment value, being at the core of their choices.

Apply below:

Please confirm you are available:

Deadline for applications is Saturday 29th February.

Applications will be perused by a panel of music professionals, who will use the submitted sound recordings and videos to select a shortlist. A mix of award-winning musicians, recording artists, event managers, radio presenters and more, make up the judging panel.

In addition to a slot at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, one of the chosen festival acts will be nominated to take part in the 2020 UKBlues Challenge, organised by the UKBlues Federation. The winner of the 2020 UKBlues Challenge will be invited to represent the UK at the 37th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2021 and the 11th European Blues Challenge in Chorzow, Poland in April 2021.

Please note: the acts must not have played the festival within the last 3 years. The bands must make their own way to and from the festival. The available musical slots will be paid, as will accommodation.

Thank you for your interest. Good luck!


The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

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


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