An East Lancashire contractor has been named as the main sponsor for this year’s Great British R&B Festival.

Established in 1976, Barnfield Construction Ltd, have been financial supporters of the Colne festival for several years, and were proud sponsors of the highly successful event in 2022, which saw more than 30,000 people visit Colne over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Returning this year from August 25-27, Colne Town Council in association with the Colne Blues Society are finalising the line-up for a spectacular 2023 festival, with a brilliant range of local and international artists performing across three days at the Pendle Hippodrome, as well as a new venue for 2023, The Exchange Project Stage.

Alongside the two main venues, Colne Blues Society will also be programming the Official Fringe Festival which will see blues and rock acts from all over the UK performing across 12 Official Fringe venues, which are free to attend.

Nathan Cutler, Colne Town Council's events officer, said: "The Great British R&B Festival and Barnfield Construction have a longstanding and extremely successful relationship, and we are thrilled to have them on board again for this year's festival.

"The financial support which Barnfield has provided for our festival has allowed it to go from strength to strength, and we are looking forward to putting on the most successful festival yet in August."

Tracy Clavell-Bate, head of development and acquisition at Barnfield, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the Great British R&B Festival once again this year.

"With our base being here in Pendle, we are extremely proud to support our local community and what is a real grassroots event for the area, with many of our staff attending the festival every year.

"For local people it is also an opportunity to showcase Colne as a great place for events, tourism, living and work. We hope everyone attending has a wonderful time and a weekend to remember."

Simon Shackleton, festival coordinator at Colne Blues Society, added: "One of the main reasons that the Great British R&B Festival is the premier event in Colne's calendar is because of the support of local businesses, and as creative directors of this year's festival we are excited to be working with main sponsors Barnfield and can't thank them enough for all their support."

Based in Nelson, Barnfield Group Ltd are contractors, developers and investors active on more than 30 sites throughout the UK, predominantly in the North West of England.

The organisation is a market leader in its field, with an excellent track record in almost every sector of the industry. The business is based on developing successful partnerships, ensuring all development and construction projects are completed to a high standard so that repeat business is secured.

Full festival tickets are priced at just £100, working out at just £3 per band over the weekend, while individual day tickets are also available, alongside camping tickets.

Keep an eye on the Great British R&B Festival social media channels and website for the full line-up, which will be announced very soon. You can get your tickets and camping tickets here:

You can learn more about Barnfield Construction Ltd on their website: