Celebrating the Best of British Live Music

2021 Festival Announcement…Bringing the Best of British Soul, Funk, Gospel, Jazz and Contemporary Music to the Great British seaside!

We hope all of our festival customers are keeping well. We are thrilled that the UK economy is opening and that hospitality and live music events will be starting to open up this month. At last we can see light at the end of what has been an incredibly tough year!

We have put a lot of careful thinking into our summer 2021 programme and specifically the August Bank Holiday Festival. Whilst the roadmap is expected to see the full re-opening of the hospitality sector for the summer, there is still an air of uncertainty surrounding Covid.

Our first priority is to ensure the safety of our audiences, artistes, team and suppliers and for this reason we have come to the decision that we will not host any indoor shows at this time and therefore the festival will not be in its usual form.

For this year only, we are moving the August Bank Holiday Festival outdoors to the beachside South Lawn of the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. This move will enable a limited capacity audience and ensure a Covid-safe environment .

We’ve planned an incredible line-up over the long weekend to celebrate the Best of British Live Music. Our headline acts, Gabrielle and Incognito, will all be performing as part of this line-up and tickets already purchased for these concerts will automatically be transferred to the new venue. In addition we are adding to the weekend line-up with more talented British artists including Paul Carrack, Rumer, Courtney Pine, Mica Paris, and The Kingdom Choir among others. Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll will now form part of this line-up.

Rye Jazz…bringing the Best of British Jazz, Soul, Funk, Gospel and Contemporary Music to the great British Seaside!

The Best of British Weekend Line up looks like this… Tickets go on sale from 10am on Monday 3 May.

We still plan to bring some great FREE music to the streets of Rye over the August bank holiday weekend, this is subject to receiving a successful grant application from Rother District Council and other grant funding avenues – Everything is crossed that we receive good news so that we can programme live music for the Butter Market and the streets of Rye. We plan to be back to business as usual at St Mary’s Church for our 2021 December Series.

The Team wishes to thank you for all the support you have shown over the last year and we hope you understand that this temporary change has been carefully considered for everyone’s benefit.

We look forward to seeing you in Bexhill and on the Streets of Rye this August.

Posted on 29/04/2021 by Ian Bowden

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