Live Music, Gigs & Festivals



Electric Church

As well as live performances at our local theatres, there is a growing demand for live music/dance venues, festivals & events.

Blackburn with Darwen has several independent venues all offering an eclectic mix of styles & genres and all in very different surroundings! From old Churches to community run public houses, from town centre to rural retreats, folk to funky, classic to club, blues to bands - there really is something for everyone.

Restricted Forest / Darwen Live

Every May Darwen comes alive to the sound of music as they hold their annual 2 day music festival “Darwen Live”. This popular event attracts visitors from near & far as local & national bands play on the main stage & other venues around the town centre.  Darwen Live 2018 has been nominated for "best small festival" in the UK festival awards!

Witton Country Park is the venue for the very successful day to night Restricted Forest Festivals. These events sell out quickly so here’s a link to keep you informed

A very unique and creative 10 hour music & arts Festival is Confessional held in Holy Trinity, an old disused church in Blackburn, featuring some of the best emerging acts from around the UK, along with high profile Artists.

The Bureau is a vibrant new Arts Centre in the heart of Blackburn, providing versatile space for arts activities, theatre, music, cultural events and community participation. They are hosts for Spot On Rural Touring events & hold Dub Ministry club nights throughout the year. 

The Bureau Centre for the Arts

Check out all these web sites to find out who’s playing & where across Blackburn & Darwen :


The Bureau, Centre for the Arts :

Electric Church:

Drummers Arms:

King Georges Hall:

Blackburn Empire Theatre:


Sunbird Records:

Big House Blues Bar:

Number 39 - Hopstar Brewery Tap:

The Cock:

The Crown:

Level One Live:

The Bridgewater:

Elsewhere in the borough

The Barlow at Edgworth:

The Dog Inn:

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