Eric Burdon and more for 25th annual Great British Blues Fest

Eric Burdon
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Eric Burdon, The Yardbirds, Groundhogs, Dr.Feelgood and slew of other acts have been confirmed for this year’s 25th annual Great British Rhythm & Blues Fest.

This year’s event takes place between August 22nd and 25th, and will also include performances from Band Of Friends, Lucky Peterson, Eric Sardinas, Otis Grand, Mike Sanchez, Andy Fairweather Low, the Martin Barre Band and Caravan.

A total of 600 artists are set to perform over the course of the 4 day festival, talking place in Colne, Lancashire. Last year the event was awarded the prize for ‘Best Blues Festival’ at the European Blues Awards.

Organiser Alison Goode says: “We consider it a fantastic achievement to still be going so strong after all these years.

“Every year we try to cater for all musical tastes – and again, we’re really excited by the lineup we have already secured. We look forward to welcoming back loyal supporters who return year after year, as well as those visiting for the first time. It should be an anniversary to remember.”

Discounted early-bird tickets are now available via the festival’s official website.

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Wilko Johnson Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

Wilko JohnsonGuitarist Wilko Johnson has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The former member of Dr.Feelgood has decided not to receive treatment for cancer of the pancreas. The announcement was made by the musician’s manager, Robert Hoy, via Facebook.

He wrote: “I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy. He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.”

“He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK. There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.”