News from ‘Colne Blues’

Here is the latest update from The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, August Bank Holiday 2020:

Thanks For The Applications
Last month we launched our ‘Under The Radar‘ project, in association with the UK Blues Federation.
The team of judges, made up of industry professionals – including radio presenters, promoters and festival organisers – were seeking blues-based acts with originality (no ‘covers’ bands!), creativity, technical ability, musical compatibility to the festival, and entertainment value, being at the core of their choices.

The project proved to be immensely popular, with over 130 applications and outstanding quality in terms of musicianship.
The judges now have the difficult task of choosing two acts/bands to play this summer’s main stages. The chosen acts will be announced in due course.
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Pete Marsh – Festival Artist In Residence – Returns For 2020 
Following the hugely successful ‘Pop Up Gallery’ at the 2019 festival, Pete will return for the 2020 festival to showcase his unique style of capturing artists live on stage.
Pete will exhibit a selection of artworks captured during the 2019 blues festival in Colne. Artist browsers will form part of the exhibit, allowing music lovers to view many lino cuts and artworks of Pete’s ‘live’ work.
The exhibition will be in place in the Muni venue for the duration of the 2020 festival.
Pete Marsh artist in residence info and gallery

2020 Festival Line Up: A-Z Format
You can view a current list of artists for this summer’s festival in an easy-to-follow A-Z format.
Bands and artists are still being confirmed; the list is being added to on a regular basis, and is by no means complete.
View the line-up A-Z list for the 2020 festival: Festival Artist A-Z

Women In Blues
We took the opportunity to use International Women’s Day last weekend to celebrate women’s achievements in music… and to enjoy a huge ‘cheers’ to all the incredible female talent we have lined up as part of our festival this August.
Paddy Maguire, festival artist coordinator, commented “We’re extremely proud of our line up and of the huge array of female talent which will grace our stages this year.”
Artists include – Kyla Brox, Layla Zoe, Ma Bessie and many more.
Celebrating Women In Blues

Further festival news items are available online here:
https://www.bluesfestival.co.uk/news/ 

The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, August Bank Holiday 2020
28th – 30th August 2020
3 Days • 1 Great Festival
Colne, Lancashire, UK

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