Burnley blues countdown

Jimmie Vaughan
Jimmie Vaughan

THE countdown is well and truly on to Burnley’s International Rock & Blues Festival.

Taking place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the whole town is gearing up for three days of electric live music and good old fashioned family entertainment.

A total of 12 fringe venues across the town are joining in with the “Little America” theme and Charter Walk will be hosting a guest stage with 2BR and the Blues Brothers on the Saturday afternoon.

The Mechanics main stage plays host to one of the biggest blues stars in the world, Jimmie Vaughan (pictured), on the opening night. His tours across the USA with Eric Clapton and BB King are the stuff of legend and his appearance in Burnley, in between festivals in Scandinavia and Germany, mark his only UK date.

On Saturday, Sugar Ray, another American icon from New England, takes to the stage with the Bluetones while Glenn Tilbrook, lead singer from Squeeze stars on the Sunday night with Nine Below Zero.

Doc Redeye Events spokesman Steve Reid said: “We have been overwhelmed with support for this event, surprisingly much of this is coming from the USA where Burnley is iconic in the Blues field.

“This is backed up with the support of one of the biggest tourist boards in the USA ‘Memphis Mississippi’ who are joining in the festival with the ‘Nothin But the Blues’ competition, giving one lucky couple the chance to win the trip of a lifetime. The draw will be taking place on the final night”

For more details on the competition and to check out who else will be appearing over the weekend just log onto www.burnleyrockandblues.com where you will also find ticket details.