For the first time in our seven years we extended the festival into September and moved location down the Sussex coastline to the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bex Hill-on-Sea. We were delighted to present two concert hall artists; Corinne Bailey Rae and Dionne Warwick.
The weekend kicked off on the right note with the soulful and super talented singer, guitarist and songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae on Friday 7th September. She told everyone to ‘Put your records on’ a decade ago earning her fans the world around and then she went away; geographically, professionally, elementally, personally – the double Grammy and MOBO winning, Mercury-nominated, five million-albums-selling artist travelled far, and wide, and deep and come back with a stunning new album The Heart Speaks in Whispers and brought an energetic, passionate and fun performance to the De La Warr Pavilion.
The night was filled with upbeat rhythms, soulful ballads and blissfully happy pop infused songs. She played all her hits which had the crowd singing along, threw in some covers and performed her new songs beautifully with the backing of her very talented band. It was a sublime night as everyone was carried away on her uplifting melodies and effortless charm.
We would like to thank our friends at Spectrum Financial Services for partnering this event and their ongoing support of the festival.
There was a change of pace on Saturday 8th September when one of the greatest popular music vocalists and music icons graced the De La Warr Pavilion stage for Rye Intl Jazz & Blues Festival. She had the crowd in the palm of her hand from the minute she walked onto the stage.
She performed over 30 of her hits including many Burt Bacharach and Hal David numbers with the audience singing along gleefully. Notable classics included; Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Make it Easy, The Look of Love, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, A House is not a Home, Close to You, Heartbreaker, Anyone Who Had a Heart and That’s What Friends Are for. Dionne was clearly enjoying herself beaming with pride when dueting with her drummer son David Elliot on Say a Little Prayer and performing with her Granddaughter Cheyenne Elliot towards the end of the set.
Thank you to Future Climate Info and CLS Property Insight for sponsoring the concert.
We would like to thank the team at the De La Warr Pavilion for their assistance over the weekend and the use of the venue. Images used with the permission of photographer Tony Ham. Lastly, a big thank you to the Rye Intl Jazz & Blues staff and volunteers for making the concerts a great success. We’ll see you again Bex Hill!
Posted on 20/09/2018 by Ian Bowden
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