The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival

Aug 2020

Colne Town Hall

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The basics

Spend your August Bank Holiday revelling in 4 days of rhythm and blues, with over 600 acts spread across 8 stages. 

The festival

The Great British Rhythm and Blues festival is a perfectly risen soufflé of sound; a rock cake of rhythm that even Mary Berry would be pleased to tuck into. In fact, it's so good that it's won the Blues festival equivalent of Bake-Off - The European Blues Awards' Best Blues Festival - for the past two years, and is in the running this year too. Pretty impressive.

The festival has been going for 27 years so far, and looks set to continue forever at this rate. Set in the Northern town of Colne, it has been drawing an international audience to Lancashire for years, with big names from around the world appearing on the International stage, while local and UK musicians are also plentiful.

With venues spread across the town, including one in the town square itself, you'll never be stuck for something to watch. Just try not to start any food-fights... 

Our tip

You might want to book accommodation in advance if you don't want to camp, as the town isn't huge. 



Getting there

How do I get there?

Colne has its own train station, which is served by Northern Rail on the East Lancashire Line. The town is at the end of the M65, and therefore easily accessible by car. Situated about an hour's drive from Manchester and a little further from Leeds, Colne is a bit of a trek for Southerners but a dream for those in the North.

Travelling from London to Colne by rail will take you about 3 hours and 45 minutes, while by car it'll be more like 4 hours 20 mins. And that's assuming you get your map reading right. It'll be worth it though, we promise!




When can I get them?

Tickets on sale now

Where can I get them?

You can buy all tickets from Ticketline and the official website. You can also buy tickets from local venues, as seen below:



The Muni Theatre
01282 661234,

Discover Pendle, Boundary Mill
01282 856186

Pendle Leisure Centre, Colne
01282 661166

Pendle Wavelengths, Nelson
01282 661717

The ACE Centre, Nelson
01282 661080

West Craven Sports Centre, Barnoldswick
01282 666710


More info

Official Site