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Much as ickledot loves going on holiday (more of that over the next couple of weeks), it's tinged with a little regret this year as it means missing The Great British R&B Festival in Colne. There's a great line-up for 2013 which includes Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Ginger Baker and a particular favourite of mine, Ian Siegal and the Mississippi Mudbloods.

This year of course, Colne is the venue for the announcement of the British Blues Awards. ickledot has just sent the September issue of Blues in Britain magazine to the printers which has a double page spread detailing the winners. Can't say anything about that right now but if you're not at the festival and you want to find out who's won, why not get a copy?

If you're going, say hello to everyone for me and have a great time. Meanwhile, here's a few shots from last year to whet your appetite.