Friday, 19 August 2016

Rye Jazz & Blues Festival announce more fantastic music events

Photo: Cuban band Kandela Mi Son

This August Bank Holiday weekend the streets of Rye come alive with the sounds of top class blues, jazz, Funk, Fusion, Cuban and Jive. Bring the family and soak up the wonderful vibrancy of the best music this side of New Orleans and experience the fun of the festival and the wonderful heritage of Rye.

The festival's official charity partners are the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Ian Bowden, the festival director said: "We are delighted to be working with this fabulous charity and we are asking people to make donations over the festival weekend at the many free music events."

For more information about the trust please go to

Headline concerts for Mica Paris the UK Queen of Soul and Jazz singers Liane Carroll and Joe Stilgoe are selling fast but there are still tickets available so be sure to book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

The festival kicks off on Thursday 25th August with three superb events. Phil Law local pianist is joined by friends from 7.00pm at the Standard Inn mixing their unique blend of jazz, Blues and Rock n Roll.

A very special free music event at the Kino Cinema outdoor stage takes place on Friday 26th August from 7.00pm with Sky Arts Guitar Stars, Blues guitarist and finalist Steve Morrison and Jazz Fusion guitarist and winner of the 2016 Guitar Star Zayn Mohammed who also performed at Latitude Festival earlier this year.

The organisers are thrilled to be able to include these two amazing performers which have kindly been sponsored by Pizza Express Live. For lovers of top class Blues and Jazz this evening of music top class music is a must to attend so make that special journey to Rye Friday night!

Other exciting announcements include Dorset based multi – award winning blues singer Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion performing at the Kino Cinema outdoor performance stage on Saturday 27th August and on Sunday 28th August London based Cuban band Kandela Mi Son will be performing their vibrant blend of Cuban music guaranteed to get you and the family dancing. Headlining Sunday 28th August will be the Fabulous Red Diesel the Hastings based funk band that will get you into the groove with catchy originals and edgy retro funk.

The Butter Market below the Rye Town Hall plays host to outstanding free music performances from the Louis Turpin Blues Trio on Saturday 27th August at 3.00pm. New Orleans Jazz maestro's Dom Pipkin and his band the Ikos will transport you to Bourbon Street on Sunday 28th August at 1.00pm and on Monday 29th August, Brighton based Paul Richards and his Latin Guitar Trio will get your hips swaying to the coolest Latin sounds with catchy Bossa Nova's and Sambas.

The outdoor Kino Cinema performance Stage and the Butter Market will create a wonderful atmosphere within the heat of Rye where there will be a fully licensed bar serving the best local beers and wines including the 'Jazz Top' festival pale ale and all of your usual favourite tipples. Amazing Street food will also be available serving up delicious Cajun Jambalaya and the mouth-watering BBQ cuisine and face painting for the kinds!

Come to Rye this Bank Holiday weekend and have an amazingly fun weekend.

For more updates go to the festival website to see the full line-up of ticketed and free music events.



Jamie Cheshire

Press, Media & Marketing Officer


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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust

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