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The Great British R&B Festival , Colne, Lancs

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Another flying visit to another festival. You can enjoy a lot of good music for little money. The ‘British Stage’, now has a fantastic venue in the Pendle Hippodrome. Manned by an Army of Volunteers, they had a plenty of decent priced food and drink to keep you going. The British Stage, costs you a mere fiver for a ‘Pledge badge’. A great festival that was nearly pulled by the council but thankfully lived on for its 27th appearance. The international stage is a little more but brilliant value for money, as is the rest of the local pubs. Saw a couple of ‘names’, playing with bands in the corner of a pub! Great stuff.
See you next year for no 28th.
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Why does the event name sound like one of those BBC reality shows like “Bake Off”? 

Hold that thought - why can’t BBC4 get some cameras down to one of these events; if they can do Reading & T In The Park, etc…....

     

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mcraggs27 - 08 September 2016 07:50 AM

Why does the event name sound like one of those BBC reality shows like “Bake Off”? 

Hold that thought - why can’t BBC4 get some cameras down to one of these events; if they can do Reading & T In The Park, etc…....

mmm good thinking. This year was its 27th year! Sure we wont be baking cakes on the telly in 20+ years!

     
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CecileG - 29 December 2016 11:19 AM

what is your attitude toward reality shows? ] shows how they can destroy your brain!

Can’t destroy what ya don’t have…...  smile They’ve certainly destroyed entertainment


YEEEEHAAAWWW!!!!!  3,000 posts….........

     

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Little bit of broken news (it was like this when I got here…....)  after 27 great years, Pendle Leisure Trust are stepping down from organising the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival and handing the reins over to Colne Town Council. Hopefully there’ll still be the generous backing of the usual sponsors; Barnfield Construction, Community Rail Lancashire, Radio Lancashire; Coach House & the Borough Council. Here’s to a smooth transition and a great event in 2017.

     

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Notice to any “young guns” out there; band or solo:-

“Jessica Foxley Unsigned are seeking outstanding, unsigned, young talent (solo artists or bands) to complement the line-up of main artists playing at ​the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival 2017 in Colne, Lancashire.

As part of the process, applicants are asked to submit a link to ​a​ sound recording, along with a link to a video of their act performing live. The project’s focus is to support musicians up to the approximate age of 25; solo artists, or the lead musicians in bands, ​should not be a huge amount older than 25 and based in the UK, please.  ​There are eight, half hour slots available as part of the festival project. Applications are perused​, then​ discussed by a panel of judges, who will use the submitted sound recordings and videos to select a shortlist and the eight ‘winners’.​

Festival director​, ​Jason Elliott, explained ​ further​ - ​“We now have the full set of judges; 6 women and 6 men, plus Paul Foxley (from Jessica Foxley Unsigned)  ​ ​as the Chair. ​The judges have been invited because   ​we feel that, as well as being highly accomplished in ​their individual fields, ​they have all shown an openness to both innovation and the nurturing or support of emerging talent.  ​ We thank them for their time and support and look forward to an exciting, rewarding project”.

An easy-to-use application process is available via the Jessica Foxley Unsigned website​. Applications will be judged on the following criteria​ - originality​, c​reativity​, t​echnical ability​, m​usical compatibility (with a broadly based, contemporary Blues festival) ​ and e​ntertainment value​​.

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Jessica Foxley Unsigned (formerly The Jessica Foxley Stage) was set up in 2010 in Jessica’s memory, to provide high profile performance opportunities for young musicians. Now in its 8th year, ​the project has gone from strength to strength and attracts young musicians of a very high standard from across the UK. ​ ​

This year, ​they​‘ll invite eight outstanding, but as yet unsigned, young acts to play sets on the two main festival stage​s ​on Saturday and Sunday. ​T​he cream of emerging young talent will rub shoulders with the superb line-up of professional acts​,​ in a truly exciting musical melting pot.

So…... no excuses…...

     

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The 30th Great British R&B Festival 2019,
Colne, Lancashire

Bank Holiday Weekend 2019
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August 2019

https://www.bluesfestival.co.uk/

New Venue Announced For This Summer’s Festival
Earnie’s is a roller rink and entertainment centre, which will be transformed into the perfect live music venue for the blues festival in 2019. Part of the rink will form the live music stage, with comfortable temporary seating and a bar. The venue will host some lively, toe-tapping, dance-able rhythm and blues. It is one of the festival ‘Roadhouse venues’; all acts are free to enjoy over the festival weekend.

Little Theatre Stage at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival: Announced
The stage is curated by British blues-rock guitarist and singer songwriter Jack J Hutchinson,
The artists featured on the stage are:
Barry Jackson
Banjamin Kelly
Betty & The Bootleggers
Dave Ferra
Jade The Like Stone
Katie Bradley & Richard Lane
Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm
Louisiana
O W Houlston
Stone Thieves
Tom Crofts
The Head Hunters Blues Band

For all the current line up details, please visit:
https://www.bluesfestival.co.uk/lineups/

Headliners:-
Anthony Gomes; Danny Bryant Big Band; Geoff Achison;  Mike Sanchez; Sari Schorr;  Rufus Black

with these major artists, ‘hot on their heels’:

Beaux Gris Gris
Big Boy Bloater & The Limits
Cadillac Kings
Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band
Paul Lamb & The King Snakes
Sean Webster Band
Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado (Denmark)
plus many other incredibly talented artists, including Dana Ali Band, Blues Boy Kings, Tom C Walker, James Sayer Band, James & Black (USA), Russ Tippins Electric Band, Greg Coulson, The Troy Redfern Band (Mid Wales Blues Club pick), Delta Fuse (The Elner Delta Blues Club, NI pick), Andy Gunn (Edinburgh Blues Club pick), Rainbreakers (Tuesday Night Blues Club pick)... and many more.

     

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Fri 27th Aug 2021 - Sun 29th Aug 2021, 5:00pm
The Great British Rhythm And Blues Festival 2021
@ Pendle Hippodrome, Colne

Featuring:-
Davy Knowles;
Buck & Evans;
Matt Long;
Danny Giles Band;
The Mentulls;
Keith Thompson Band
Ashely Sherlock Band
+tbc

     

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