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Blues come to Diggle.
Wednesday 13th June 2018 @ 10:26 by Anna Fletcher
Community Entertainment Events Mossley & Saddleworth News


In its ninth year Diggle Blues Festival continues to be a hit with people from all over the UK.

Creator of the festival, David Wood, said: “It was brilliant from start to finish, we have had so much positive feedback both from the people attending and the musicians.”

For the first seven years David, who is from Diggle, organised the festival singlehandedly, but now he has a team of four to help carry the load.

He said: “I had been going to Marsden Jazz Festival for years and I really enjoyed it and thought it would be nice if we had something on this side of the hill in Diggle. Marsden were actually really helpful in giving advice when I was setting up, but after seven years it was becoming too much. I almost gave it up, but then the group stepped in to help and it has been smashing.”

Bands came from across the UK to play with one coming all the way from Florida. The Festival is free to attend and has been since it began with collection buckets onsite for any voluntary donations across the weekend.

It is designed so you can watch each band and still have time to walk to the next venue to catch the others.


David added: “The bands were all great, really talented and on the last day we had a jam session made up of local people which was a really high standard and shows we have a wealth of talent right here on our own doorstep.”

This year’s acts included Midnite Johnny Band, Grove-A-Matics, Chris James and Martin Fletcher and the Chris King Robinson Band with many more across the weekend. Venues were The Gate Inn, Diggle Band Club, Saddleworth Cookery School, Grandpa Greene’s, Woolyknit Café and Kilngreen Hall.

Next year will mark a decade since the first Diggle Blues Festival and the organisers are already looking ahead to what they may do to commemorate.

David said: “We are still kicking around ideas but it will be great to do something to celebrate. The festival is getting a great reputation for being of high standard and really down-to-earth and friendly. We have even had a musician already apply to be part of it next year!”

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