2017 Summer Festival draws to a close

The streets were alive with live music and carnival spirit in Rye over the festival weekend. Audiences were treated to the sounds of the best Jazz, Blues, Swing, Funk and Latin music. There was a real party atmosphere as music lovers, families and friends experienced the free street music at the Kino Cinema outdoor performance stage and the Georgian Butter Market venue. Local suppliers cooled down the crowd and we hope you enjoyed the diabolically delectable Gin by Mayfield Sussex Hop Gin and the wonderful bar from Harvey's.

Hue & Cry

Thank you to all those that made the special journey to Rye to experience the fun, vibrancy and excitement of the festival this year. Our programme included a wide variety of outstanding free music events across Rye and many local venues hosted some of the coolest live music. We extend a big thank you to all of the wonderful musician’s, bands, sponsors, media partners, private patrons and venues. You all made an invaluable contribution to the success of this year’s event.

There are so many great memories to savour including the Harvey’s Dray Horse carrying Dom Pipkin and the Ikos and their New Orleans vibe around the streets on Sunday.

The Kino Stage and Butter Market played host to many exciting live music events and the atmosphere was warm friendly and fun with so many enjoying the Cuban rhythms of Son Yambu, The Violet Jive, The Fabulous Red Diesel, Arcelia, the amazing New Orleans maestro Dom Pipkin with the Ikos, Paul Richards Latin Trio, Gypsy Jazz with Trio Manouche, Louis Turpin Blues Duo and many others. Thank you to all of the musicians that performed this year and we hope that you enjoyed your performance as much as the audiences and we did!

The beautiful setting of St Mary’s Church is where we presented our five main headline festival sell out concerts. Friday 25th saw Hue & Cry perform a stripped back intimate show which was breathtaking. Thank you to our sponsors Spectrum Financial Services. The incredible Kandace Springs performed with her talented band on Saturday night. She was breathtaking playing her soulful, jazzy grooves with some classical masterpieces thrown in. What a performance! Thank you to Future Climate Info and Kate Glover Associates. Rootsy American Blues filled St Mary’s Church on Sunday night as Eric Bibb and his fantastic band took to the stage. He delivered a powerful performance and was loved by everyone. Our special thanks go to our sponsors Brewin Dolphin. Monday saw two headline concerts including the fantastic Ronnie Scott’s All Stars who took the audience on a magical musical journey with their Ronnie Scott’s Songbook show. What an insight into the heritage of the world’s most famous and iconic jazz club! Thanks to our friends at Old Borough Arms. Seth Lakeman closed out the 2017 Rye Jazz & Blues Festival with a storming solo performance including his trademark stomp, his swooping, sighing and aching fiddle and viola and that strident electric tenor guitar. Thanks again to our sponsors Rix & Kay Solicitors for making this happen.

Kandace Eric Bibb Ronnie Scotts Seth Lakeman

The beautiful terrace of The Rye Lodge Hotel was transformed into the Nyetimber Terrace over the Festival weekend. Audiences were treated to wonderful Jazz & Latin tunes from Trio Manouche, Iain Rae Jazz Trio and Paul Richards Latin Trio. The delicious food boards were created by the head chef of Salts Restaurant at The Rye Lodge and paired the Nyetimber Sparkling Wine beautifully.


A very special mention must go to the amazing festival team that made the entire festival possible. Our committed, passionate and professional team worked tirelessly to ensure that attendees and artists had a superb experience. From staging, lighting, sound, artist’s liaison, publicity, the bar at St Mary’s and event management – Thank you guys you are all stars!

We have some very exciting plans for the future and we will keep you up to speed with this news as we progress with our planning. Only suffice to say ‘Watch This Space’ for announcements.

Thank you to local photographer Tony Ham for use of these wonderful images.

Posted on 30/08/2017 by Ian Bowden

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