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Colne hosts 'best ever' Great British R&B Festival
9:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
BLUE skies greeted thousands of revellers at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne this weekend.
And although its organisers missed out on the title of best festival at the British Blues Awards - presented at the festival yesterday afternoon - they described this year’s event as the best ever.
There was some solace for East Lancashire at the awards ceremony at Pendle Leisure Centre when Burnley singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins shared the award for best young artist with Blues Boy Dan Owen.
Now in its 24th year, the Colne festival welcomed world-class talent including Dr Feelgood and the Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion to its International Stage on Friday and Saturday.
Organiser Alison Goode said: “It’s been absolutely amazing. By Saturday we had sold out the entire remainder of the festival.
“It’s been the best year so far, certainly in terms of the acts we’ve attracted to the International Stage.
“It’s a great success for the town and there’s been an amazing atmosphere thanks to the weather - that’s been my personal highlight.
“We had 15,000 through the doors last year but I’d expect to top that this time around, especially if the weather is as good today as it was at the weekend.”
Steve Phillips and The Rough Diamonds headlined the International Stage at the Muni Theatre last night while Slack Alice rocked the British Stage at Pendle Leisure Centre.
Tonight’s Bank Holiday crowd can catch Wilko Johnson and the award-winning King King on the International Stage with The Manatees R&B Band topping the bill on the British Stage.
Hebden Bridge Blues Festival pipped Colne to the best festival title.
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