Diggle Blues Festival returns with musical tour of village

By Tom Goodwin

MUSIC LOVERS have their fedora hats and sunglasses at the ready as the popular Diggle Blues Festival returns in June. 

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Backwater Blues Band at Kilngreen last year (©Stuart Coleman)

The successful annual festival returns for its sixth year, inspired by the Marsden Jazz Festival, and organisers hope it will once again be well-attended by visitors fromSaddleworth and further afield.

“The aim of the festival is to provide free music to the good people of Diggle and beyond,”said organiser David Wood of the four-day event.

A musical tour of the village, the free festival is designed so people can enjoy music at one venue, walk to the next and get a drink while they enjoy the next act.

Venues this year include Diggle Band Club, the ever-lively Hanging Gate, Grandpa Greene’s, Woolyknit Cafe and Kilngreen Hall, with a line-up of ten top acts.

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

David explained that some of bands “enter into the spirit of the free festival and charge us a reduced rate for their services”, with proceeds from the event going to charities.

And the festival is also a boost for local businesses as for many venues it proves to be “their most lucrative weekend of the year”.

The Diggle Blues Festival will run from Thursday June 18 to Sunday June 21. Find out more on their Facebook page or phone David on 07717 304167.


Timetable of events:

THURSDAY 18 June: 8pm to 10pm, George Shovlin’ & the Radars (Diggle Band Club)
FRIDAY 19 June: 7pm to 8pm, Ged Wilson (Hanging Gate)
FRIDAY 19 June: 8.30pm to 10.30pm, Infidels (Diggle Band Club)
SATURDAY 20 June: 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Soft Shoe Sam, (Grandpa Greene’s)
SATURDAY 20 June: 4pm to 5pm, Mat Walklate & Paolo Fuschi, (Woolyknit Cafe)
SATURDAY 20 June: 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Yes Sir! (Kilngreen Hall)
SATURDAY 20 June: 8pm to 10pm, Rhythm Zoo, (Diggle Band Club)
SUNDAY 21 June: 2pm to 3pm, Tipitina, (Hanging Gate)
SUNDAY 21 June: 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Sinner Boy, (Diggle Band Club)
SUNDAY 21 June: 6pm to 8pm, Franny Eubank Blues Band, (Kilngreen Hall)


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