Prepare for the 9th Annual Rye Jazz & Blues Festival

Exciting plans are already underway for the 2020 9th annual Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival which will take place from Thursday 27 August to the bank holiday Monday 31 August.

The festival is established as one of the finest boutique music festivals of its kind in the UK and attracts visitors from across the UK and Europe each year. Save the date for this year as we invite you to join us in the beautiful and historic town of Rye in East Sussex at the end of August 2020.

Get a group of friends together, bring the family or treat someone special. Explore the incredible history of this mediaeval town, the fabulous shopping on offer, the vast array of quality restaurants, hotels and of course the inspiring and diverse range of live music performances during the five days.

The 2020 festival programme will include ticketed headline concerts with acclaimed international artists performing the very best in Jazz, Blues, Roots, RnB, Soul, Funk, Gospel, Latin, Cuban and contemporary music. Headline concerts take place in the stunning setting of St Mary’s church, here you can experience world class concerts in an exceptional, intimate setting. Tickets for these events are limited so we encourage you to book these well ahead of time.

Over the years the festival has proudly presented many outstanding artists including Beverley Knight, Rumer, Gregory Porter, Dionne Warwick, Courtney Pine, James Taylor Quartet, Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion, Richard Thompson, José Feliciano, Sergio Mendes, Madeleine Peyroux, Jimmy Webb, Nigel Kennedy, Curtis Stigers, Mica Paris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lucky Peterson, Jon Cleary, Eric Bibb and Kandance Springs amongst many others.

Richard Thompson concludes the 2019 festival in St Mary's Church

We are exploring plans to expand the festival to incorporate additional venues and locations; to present Gospel, Blues and Jazz brunches, late night jazz sessions, a series of Jazz and Cocktail events and much more.

The festival programme will also include a wide range of subsidised outdoor performances presenting established and emerging music talent from across the region and further afield, free street music, street pianos, marching bands, a Mardi Gras procession and educational workshops.

Kino Outdoor Stage - Free Music

To give you a flavour of the festival just imagine the colour, vibrancy and fun of New Orleans taking place in Rye and watch our showreel from 2018.

Further announcements will be made in the near future and we encourage you to sign up to our newsletter so that we can keep you updated.

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For accommodation during the festival why not arrange to stay at one of the many hotels located in Rye, local Air BnB’s of which there are many, or rent a cottage in either Rye or nearby Camber. Camping is also an option and we are in the process of providing a dedicated location within Rye should you wish to sleep under the stars!

For accommodation check out:

Rye Guide – Hotels Directory

Beside The Sea – Holiday Cottages

Air BnB – short term stays in Rye

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We very much look forward to seeing you all in late August if not before!

Posted on 31/12/2019 by Ian Bowden

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