25th Colne blues festival a big hit

25th Colne blues festival a big hit

Marcus Malone

Eric Bibb

Caught by the camera

The Mentulls

Mal Gibson on the acoustic stage

Greg Coulson

First published in Pendle

THE crowds poured into Colne at the weekend as the town partied like never before to celebrate the 25th running of the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.

Blues aficionados arrived in their thousands for the milestone, with four-days of fantastic live music.

The festival, first run in 1990, is now one of the most famous of its kind across the world and hosts some stellar names from both sides of the Atlantic in venues across the town.

Organiser Alison Goode said: “I consider it a privilege to be able to put the festival on for people to enjoy. I would like to say a massive thank-you to the music fans who come back year after year and keep the event going so successfully and also to the artists who come along each year and perform so brilliantly.”

The artists have also been singing the praises of the festival.

Mike Sweeney and Paddy O’Hare, who performed on Friday, said: “Great crowd and amazing response at Colne Legion.”

Guitar legend Eric Sardinas managed to make his headline slot on the International Stage on Friday night despite a broken leg.

Rita Payne, who performed on the acoustic stage on Saturday night, said on Twitter: “Loved our set at @RandBFestival. It was rammed with the best audience ever.”

This year’s line-up included Eric Burdon, guitar virtuoso Eric Bibb, Andy Fairweather Low and Lucky Peterson. In total, more than 600 musicians performed on three official stages and five official roadhouse stages.

It concludes today with Dr Feelgood headlining the main stage from 9.15pm, with Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders on at 7.30pm. The Matthew Clark British Stage will be headlined by the Country Blues Band from 9pm, with Red Butler on before them at 7.30pm.

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2:25pm Mon 25 Aug 14

justaworkinlad says...

Don't know where your reporter was but the Cone I was in was the quietest ever for the Blues.
Don't know where your reporter was but the Cone I was in was the quietest ever for the Blues. justaworkinlad
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4:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Well done !! That's the way to do it !!!! BwD take note. !!!!!
Well done !! That's the way to do it !!!! BwD take note. !!!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

9:43am Tue 26 Aug 14

jenkinsroy says...

Sorry to say BUT it is NOT the same any more it has lost it
Rhythm now in the last 4 years it as stared to go down the hill
And I think it has something to do with the council putting more
Presser on the way it is run now?
So it lost all the feeling of people in the town it has gone down hill
I think some of this is to do with the amount of money the council
Ask for to run the blues now and the restriction they keep coming up with
All they wish to do is make money out of it?
So sadly we know where this is going they will PUT a STOP?
To the Rhythm & blues here?
And take it to BURNLEY for them to make money out of it
Sad I know but this has been there plane for some time now
This year was the quietest yet sorry to say?
I hope that all that came had a good week end?
And I thank all the people how made this week end go well
And the work they put into it have a rest now thank you
Sorry to say BUT it is NOT the same any more it has lost it Rhythm now in the last 4 years it as stared to go down the hill And I think it has something to do with the council putting more Presser on the way it is run now? So it lost all the feeling of people in the town it has gone down hill I think some of this is to do with the amount of money the council Ask for to run the blues now and the restriction they keep coming up with All they wish to do is make money out of it? So sadly we know where this is going they will PUT a STOP? To the Rhythm & blues here? And take it to BURNLEY for them to make money out of it Sad I know but this has been there plane for some time now This year was the quietest yet sorry to say? I hope that all that came had a good week end? And I thank all the people how made this week end go well And the work they put into it have a rest now thank you jenkinsroy
  • Score: -3

9:39pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Catty girl says...

I have lived in Colne for nearly 7 years down the bottom end near the crown hotel and I have to say every year seems to be less people turn up except for the Sunday! And then god help all the residents it is always hell trying to park your car on your own street over the weekend and I think the council should try and encourage people visiting the town by sorting a park and ride scheme into town from maybe the asda car park or asking mr bannister to help out with parking at boundary mill overnight? We had several cars scratched over the weekend on our street and also there seems to be more outdoor drinking in the streets again but these are not blues fans just locals drinking there own beers from the back of there parked cars and walking about the bottom end as up the top end it's just kids or drunken teenagers at the fairground and outdoor stage and doesn't feel safe to walk up to the other end of town ! Also why bring outside town caters in ? Ask the local town coffee shops and bistros and restaurants if they want to provide the outdoor catering first to see if we can keep the profits local! If it is to continue why not just have it on Sat and Sunday and spend more money on brining back street entertainers etc ? Sit down at the table Pendle borough council and leisure services and take on all the locals views please and sort out all the bottom end issues please it's a wonder no one was knocked down Sunday even the bus could not stop ! Maybe close the road again like past years?
I have lived in Colne for nearly 7 years down the bottom end near the crown hotel and I have to say every year seems to be less people turn up except for the Sunday! And then god help all the residents it is always hell trying to park your car on your own street over the weekend and I think the council should try and encourage people visiting the town by sorting a park and ride scheme into town from maybe the asda car park or asking mr bannister to help out with parking at boundary mill overnight? We had several cars scratched over the weekend on our street and also there seems to be more outdoor drinking in the streets again but these are not blues fans just locals drinking there own beers from the back of there parked cars and walking about the bottom end as up the top end it's just kids or drunken teenagers at the fairground and outdoor stage and doesn't feel safe to walk up to the other end of town ! Also why bring outside town caters in ? Ask the local town coffee shops and bistros and restaurants if they want to provide the outdoor catering first to see if we can keep the profits local! If it is to continue why not just have it on Sat and Sunday and spend more money on brining back street entertainers etc ? Sit down at the table Pendle borough council and leisure services and take on all the locals views please and sort out all the bottom end issues please it's a wonder no one was knocked down Sunday even the bus could not stop ! Maybe close the road again like past years? Catty girl
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