The 2021 Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne, Lancashire has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, organisers have today confirmed.
This legendary festival was due to take place over bank holiday weekend, 27th – 29th August 2021 headlined by Band Of Friends, Kyla Brox, Layla Zoe, Davy Knowles, Mike Farris & more.
Festival organisers, Colne Town Council, have concluded that, at this time, it is “not possible” to run the event safely.
Naomi Crewe, Colne Town Council’s Town Clerk, explains “It is with great regret that, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot find a way to guarantee the safety of our festival goers (often upwards of 25,000 people), venues, traders, performers and staff at this time. Although we love the blues festival here in Colne, we love and respect our residents and visitors more. It is the safety of everyone involved in the event which is the motivation for our decision.”
All ticket holders will be contacted directly by Friday 2nd April, and given a refund on their purchases.
Updates will also be posted regularly on the festival website and via the festival social media.
The previous Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival (August 2019) was the 30th Anniversary of the event, and won the much-coveted UKBlues Award for the Best Blues Based Festival Of The Year. The event in 2019 was particularly successful, and was enjoyed by thousands of visitors from across the UK and Europe, as well as being a much-loved event for people of the local area.
Here’s just some of the love the event received:
“Biggest, busiest and best blues festival ever!”
“Best it’s been for years!! Truly Terrific!!”
“The whole street atmosphere was wonderful with busker tents up and down Albert Road . Awesome weekend. Great music with something for everyone”
“It was bloody amazing! Well done to everyone”
“Had an absolutely awesome time loved every minute! Fab bands, brilliant pop-up tents for artists and the atmosphere of the whole town was wonderful.”
“Best blues ever for me!”
“So many genuine music lovers out and about”
“The 30th anniversary festival went down a storm. I can’t remember seeing the town as packed as it was on Sunday night. Congratulations, what an atmosphere and success”
“Take a bow everyone, Colne is the biz”
The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, August Bank Holiday
3 Days • 1 Great Festival
Colne, Lancashire, UK
Keep in touch with the festival:
Dropbox of Festival Images: http://bit.ly/BluesDropbox
Blues Based Festival of The Year 2019: Festival Of The Year Winner 2019