Diggle Blues, Backwater Blues Band, Kilngreen Hall ( Stuart Coleman © 2015)

Backwater Blues Band, Kilngreen Hall ( Stuart Coleman © 2015)

by Dave Wood

This is the sixth Diggle Blues Festival. The festival takes place in the village and runs from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st June 2015.

The format is the same as for previous years. On Saturday and Sunday it’s a musical tour of Diggle. You can watch the first band at the first venue, then you have half an hour to walk to the second venue, buy a drink, find a seat, and watch the second band, and so on. By staggering the times of the artists visitors don’t have to choose between one band and another. They can watch all ten artists/bands over the weekend and it’s FREE entry at every venue (although voluntary contributions are received with thanks).

Festival programmes will be on sale at each of the venues costing £1.

It’s an indoor event so there is no need to worry about the weather, but if it’s dry and warm, some bands may play outdoors.

It was originally intended as a community event for the good people of Diggle, Saddleworth and beyond, but attendees now come from all over the country.

Just turn up and enjoy some really cool ‘jeans-in-the-fridge’ blues music.

Further details can be found on the Diggle Blues Festival facebook page or on the digglebluesfestival website.


Diggle Blues Festival
Thursday 18th:

George Shovlin & the Radars – 8pm to 10pm, Diggle Band Club

Friday 19th June:

Ged Wilson – 7pm to 8pm, Hanging Gate

Infidels – 8.30pm to 10.30pm, Diggle Band Club

Saturday 20th June:

Soft Shoe Sam – 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Grandpa Greene’s

Mat Walklate & Paolo Fuschi – 4pm to 5pm, Woolyknit Cafe

Yes Sir! 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Kilngreen Hall

Rhythm Zoo, 8pm to 10pm – Diggle Band Club

Sunday 21st June:

Tipitina – 2pm to 3pm, Hanging Gate

Sinner Boy – 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Diggle Band Club

Franny Eubank Blues Band – 6pm to 8pm, Kilngreen Hall

Closing ceremony – 8pm to 8.15pm, Kilngreen Hall (Shambolic sing-song of a couple of blues classics and the Diggle National Anthem)

Diggle Blues, Sons of the Delta, The Hanging Gate ( Stuart Coleman © 2015)

Sons of the Delta, The Hanging Gate ( Stuart Coleman © 2015)

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