Wilko for R&B festival

Wilko Johnson will headline the Lincoln Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival at The Engine Shed this month
Wilko Johnson will headline the Lincoln Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival at The Engine Shed this month

New venues, cheaper ticket prices and a top line-up of old favourites and old-timers have been announced for this year’s Great Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne, Lancashire.

The four-day event over August Bank Holiday weekend has attracted the talents of legendary guitarist Wilko Johnson, favourites Nine Below Zero, former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, much-requested Dave Edmunds and rising British blues/rock trio Willie and The Bandits. American singer Nikki Hill will make her festival debut - and more names are still to be confirmed.

This year there will be an International Stage, a British Stage as well as the Acoustic Stage. Spokesperson Sue Madigan said: “We are really excited about the changes and hope they will attract a wider audience.” For details visit bluesfestival.co.uk