The much anticipated Jazz and Blues Festival gets underway this Friday (June 2) and runs throughout the weekend.
The event is being coordinated by the famous Hastings Winkle Club which raises money for good causes. This is an entirely free festival but the organisers hope and trust that patrons will give generously to the collection bucket rattlers who will be around throughout.
The main events will take place on The Stade Open Space in the Old Town but a number of pubs and clubs are holding fringe gigs to add to the excitement and variety.
Mike Raxworthy, both a ‘winkler’ and Music Director, said that Saturday should be a really great day on The Stade. It will see, amongst others, the return of Jane Reeve’s Triple Delight, Herbie Flowers and Mike Hatchard and in the evening Hastings own jazz legend Liane Carroll with her band.
On Sunday there is a Jazz Breakfast, then from 2pm, the Festival welcomes Greg Coulson (Blues), Tony O’Malley ( formerly of 10cc) and Tom Fitzpatrick all with their respective bands.
Free programmes, containing full details of the event, are available throughout the town. There is also a special event website at www hastingsjazzandbluesfest.com
Pauline Lindsay, of the Winkle Club’s Fundraising Sub Committee said: “It really is quite something that The Winkle Club has been able to offer this absolutely free weekend.
“Please remember that the Club’s sole purpose is to raise and then give away money to good local causes.
We ask those attending to appreciate this and to be as generous as possible.” possiblewwwhastingsjazzandbluesfest.com
Pauline Lindsay representing The Winkle Club’s Fundraising Sub Committee said ‘ It really is quite something that The Winkle Club has been able to offer this absolutely free weekend. Please remember that the Club’s sole purpose is to raise and then give away money to good ,local causes. We ask those attending to appreciate this and to be as generous as possible.”
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