FOR the first time blues fans are being treated to a Bank Holiday taster of one of the country's biggest blues festivals.

Thanks to the popularity of the annual Colne Rhythm & Blues Festival which will be held in August, the organisers have decided to host a preview event -- the Benedictine Blues Day -- on Sunday May 25 at the Municipal Hall.

The line-up includes a host of big names, including Sugarland Slim, Danny Bryant's RedEye Band, Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers and Studebaker John and the Hawks.

Publicity officer Michelle Barlow said: "This event will give people a taste of what's coming up.

"It's a full day of blues, from 1pm until midnight, and we'll be using it to promote the festival and help people get a feel for the kind of music that will be there."

Headliner Studebaker John Grimaldi is an evocative songwriter and compelling live performer.

Also playing is Big Jack Johnson, who first gained prominence as a member of Frank Frost's Nighthawks and developed into an intense, gifted guitarist.

The RedEye Band, a big hit at the recent Burnley Blues Festival, are a powerhouse trio, while Sugarland Slim capture the sound of 1930s Mississippi blues.

Ticket prices are £22 for the day. Contact the municipal hall box office on 01282 661234 for details.