2012 International Rock & Blues Festival19th April 2012
May 4, 5 & 6 2012 – Burnley will become ‘LITTLE AMERICA’ as the festival spreads to all corners of the town including family activities in the Charter Walk shopping centre with American cops, Blues Brothers, photo opportunities, Parade and live music.The line up for the main stage held at the Burnley Mechanics involves an exclusive appearance from one of the biggest blues artists in the world as Jimmie Vaughan and The Tilt a Whirl Band takes to the stage with special guest star Lou Ann Barton (originally Stevie Ray Vaughan Band) on Friday 4th May. Jimmie is one of the founder members of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and routinely headlines the American blues circuit alongside BB King and Eric Clapton in front of thousands of adoring fans. Supporting Jimmie is North West band Dr Truth and Albany Down from London.
On Saturday 5th May Hokie Joint, The Revolutionaires, Hamilton Loomis, Larry Garner and the Norman Beaker Band, will support a major headline act still to be announced.
Sunday 6th May Virgil and the Accelerators, Dani Wilde, Ian Siegal, Matt Schofield and Nine Below Zero will bring this amazing weekend to a close. This year’s themed Fringe Festival is bigger and better than ever, as The Talbot becomes the Austin Stage, The Coach and Horses the New Orleans Stage, The Bridge Bier Huis is the Chicago Stage and the Inn on the Wharf is the Memphis Stage. The new Blues Cruise the Mississippi Stage sailing twice a day from Reedley Marina to the town centre and return with live music and bar. The Boot Inn joins the occasion as the Louisiana Stage with new club Fusion XS becoming the L.A. Stage, The Sanctuary becomes the Miami Stage and The Artisan Café acoustic sessions becoming the New York Stage. Artist line-up for each venue to be announced.