Blues meets the greenery as Diggle Festival returns

MUSIC LOVERS can look forward to a jam-packed line-up as the popular Diggle Blues festival returns for a seventh year.

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‘Yes Siri’ at Kilngreen Hall last year ©StuartColeman

The annual event, inspired by the Marsden Jazz Festival, attracts an audience from Saddleworth as well as further afield to enjoy the four days of live blues.

“It is a bit like a musical tour of the small Pennine village of Diggle!” explained organiser David Wood ahead of this year’s festival on June 2-5.

“The acts are staggered so people can watch the first band, have half an hour to walk to the second venue, buy a drink, find a seat, and watch the second band, and so on.”

It is free entry to all venues, although there will be collection buckets for voluntary donations, and it is a family friendly festival with outdoor play areas at five of the six venues.

bannerThe event’s focus on community and village camaraderie is highlighted in the closing ceremony, which features a ‘shambolic sing song and Diggle National Anthem’.

All acts are indoors so the weather can’t dampen proceedings, although in the unlikely event of guaranteed good weather some acts may be moved outdoors.

Find out more on the Diggle Blues Festival facebook page or website or phone David on 07717 304167.


Blue Swamp       7pm (to 8.30pm)           Sub Pressure Studios, Warth Mill
John Otway        9pm (to 10pm)              Diggle Band Club

Half Deaf Clatch            7pm (to 8pm)                  The Gate
Bad Back Blues Band     8.30pm (to 10.30pm)       Diggle Band Club

Soft Shoe Sam             2.30pm (to 3.30pm)        Grandpa Greene’s
Tom Attah                    4pm (to 5pm)                 Woolyknit Cafe
Mike Sweeney & Paddy O’Hare with the Collective  5.30pm (to 7.30pm) Kilngreen
Blues Train                   8pm (to 10pm)                 Diggle Band Club

Big Joe Bone                1pm (to 3pm)                   The Gate
BluzeBox                      3.30pm (to 5.30pm)         Diggle Band Club
Usual Suspects UK        6pm (to 8pm)                   Kilngreen Hall
Closing Ceremony         8pm (to 8.20pm)              Kilngreen Hall


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