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Raise your glass to the 2015 festival! at Rye Jazz Festival

Raise your glass to the 2015 festival!

Posted on Dec 28 2014

The core 2015 festival will take place from Thursday 27th to Monday 31st August; as usual encompassing the August bank holiday weekend. Plans are also underway to introduce a series of live music events the week prior to the main festival extending the overall festival to a 10 day period.

What’s in store for 2015? As you would expect, world-class headline concerts featuring outstanding musicians from the world of Jazz, Soul, Blues, Latin, Swing and Funk. These concerts will include UK talent but also very special guest performances by established artists from the US, Europe and further afield.

To add diversity to the festival, there will also be the inclusion of world music events featuring Afro Cuban, Brazilian, Calypso and a Gospel music all of which are guaranteed to transport you to vibrant Latin destinations.

There will be no need to take a trip to Louisiana as we will be bringing the colours and sounds of New Orleans to Rye. We have invited a number of wonderful musicians from New Orleans to perform at the festival (thank you to American Airlines) providing you with an authentic Mardi Gras. Not only will the music be astounding; you will also be able to experience Creole food to complete the experience… lets have some fun and all let our hair down!

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Thank you for a fantastic 2014! at Rye Jazz Festival

Thank you for a fantastic 2014!

Posted on Dec 27 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look back on another fantastic year for the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival.

The beautiful town of Rye again provided the perfect backdrop for another superb festival in 2014; attracting more visitors to the increased programme of live music events that took place over the August bank holiday weekend. The streets of Rye were buzzing  with vibrant live sounds, entertaining lovers of great music, residents, tourists, families and groups of friends.

The festival programme in 2014 included an array of world–class professional ticketed concerts, free street music, acoustic sessions, a dedicated outdoor stage and the new edition of the stylish jazz lounge. We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the talented musicians that performed at the festival this year; our festival sponsors, private patrons,  venue partners, the festival team, suppliers, Rye Town Council, Rother District council, our media partners and most importantly all of you who attended in 2014.

Please see the below video giving a highlight of the 2014 festival, courtesy of George Layne media.

Video Highlights - Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival 2014

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