Don’t be Blue! Colne’s the best in Europe

Blues Award

The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival is the best in Europe – and it’s official!

Colne’s annual music event has been named the Best Blues Festival in the European Blues Awards 2013.

Formerly known as the Trans European Blues and Jazz Awards, the awards were started in 1981 by Dietrich Muller and Tall Boy Wilder.

The awards were linked up with the Twitterbased weekly Blues Hour open forum – and, according to organisers, the response was nothing short of phenomenal!

There were nine categories, including Best Band, Best Guitarist, Best Radio Show, Best Musician, Best Vocalist and a Lifetime Contribution to European Blues was awarded to Wilko Johnson.

The Blues Hour Twitter chat was held every Monday night and was regularly frequented by blues legends and new talent, as well as the odd Festival or two, including The Great British R&B Festival.

Last year, Colne’s musical extravaganza was declared the best yet by the people who attended it, with the likes of Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings, former Cream musician Ginger Baker, Blues Music Awards nominee Joe Louis Walker,  Chris Farlowe, Nine Below Zero and Paul Lamb and The King Snakes on the bill.

Festival organiser, Alison Goode, said: “We are absolutely delighted and extremely honoured to have won this award which officially recognises the Festival as the best in Europe!”