THE GREAT BRITISH RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL 2019 has announced some more acts…
The festival — lead by Colne Town Council — is celebrating its 30th anniversary as it brings together some of the today’s best-loved international blues and blues-rock acts.
This year the festival hosts 170 blues-rock acts across 22 stages and 3 days. The festival takes place on bank holiday weekend 23rd – 25th August 2019 in Colne, Lancashire, in many town centre venues in Colne & Nelson Rugby Club (which doubles as the festival campsite) plus restaurants and bars in the beautiful town.
“This anniversary is a celebration of the festival’s success over the last 30 years,” says Leroy Philbrook, CEO of Colne Town Council.
“The many years of success are testament to the quality of the event, the popularity of the musical genre, the incredible artists who have graced the stages, and also to the trust and loyalty of the festival-goers. We recognize that the support we receive for the event is instrumental to its success…”
2019 highlights include:
The Toronto-born singer/songwriter/guitarist ANTHONY GOMES (Canada). Gomes has opened for Robert Plant, Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, and Heart. This will be his first UK show of the year.
Highly-polished blues act SARI SCHORR who has a voice that’s as heady as balsam and viscous as cough syrup.
GEOFF ACHISON (Australia) & The Soul Diggers who has been compared to Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale and the Allman Brothers Band.
RUFUS BLACK (UK) who draws influences from heavyweights such as Muddy Waters, BB King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
In addition to the tried-and-tested greats, the festival has also teamed-up with Jessica Foxley Projects to give main stage opportunities to young, under-the-radar blues acts. The chosen bands are now announced. Paul Foxley, who administers the project for Jessica Foxley Stages, said: “The standard of entries this year has been exceptional…”
Look out for Manchester-based singer-songwriter CHARLI WHITE whose debut single “Sanctuary” is a deft and naturally developing thing of mature beauty. And Liverpool’s modern rock ‘n’ rollers LITTLE TRIGGERS whose debut album is out this month.
There’s a chance for one of these Jessica Foxley Stage finalists to represent the UK at the 2020 European and International Blues Challenges, as well as at the 2019 UK Blues Challenge. Many thanks to the UK Blues Federation.
The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, is on August Bank Holiday 23rd-25th August 2019