We can all relate to the lyrics in the great songwriter Joni Mitchell’s song Big Yellow Taxi ‘I said don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it’s gone’.

De Le Warr Audience

After over eighteen months of not experiencing the joy of live music due to the pandemic, the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival is incredibly proud to have presented wonderful music performances both in Rye and at the De La Warr Pavilion from 26 – 30 August this year.

Our music programme included a successful series of world class outdoor concerts on the beachside lawns at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, and amazing free music performances over three days in the beautiful town of Rye with regional and local music talent.

Due to the pandemic we were unable to present concerts at indoor locations as usual, the festival provided a carefully thought through programme of music in safe environments which allowed so many to enjoy the return of live music once again.

Rye was alive with music from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 August which featured free performances at both the Butter Market and outside the Kino cinema. Additional performances also took place at the Kings Head Inn, Rye, The Ship Inn, Rye and at the Brewery Yard Club, Rye.

The festival wishes to express its gratitude and thanks to all the wonderful musicians, bands, venues, festival partners, patrons and supporters, our amazing team of volunteers and of course all the audiences that attended Rye and the De La Warr Pavilion.

We have had the most wonderful feedback from audiences and musicians who really appreciated the opportunity to both perform and to experience
live music. Our outdoor concerts at the De La Warr Pavilion included outstanding performances from Paul Carrack, Gabrielle, Incognito, Courtney Pine, MF Robots, Snowboy & The Latin Section, Rumer, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, the Kingdom Choir, and the amazing Mica Paris.

Mica Paris

You can view some photo highlights from the 2021 festival here. Courtesy of Tony Ham Photography and a few from our team!

We are also delighted to confirm that our charity partners ‘The Music Well’ raised just under three thousand pounds during the festival through the generosity of those that attended both at the Rye and Bexhill events.

These donations will go directly to fund the ongoing programme of projects that the charity provides through music therapy.

There are so many people to thank for their support in assisting the festival not least our main festival sponsors, Spectrum Independent Financial Advice, Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors, StoneRock Dental Care, Arthur C Towners, Rother District Council, the Community Lottery Fund, our private patrons, Rye Town Council, and all the supporting local and regional businesses, advertisers, and venues.

A special thanks goes to our amazing ‘Festival Family’ of volunteers, professional partners, On Stage for the staging, lighting and sound, the entire technical crew, Tony Ham our festival photographer and all the team at the De La Warr Pavilion who were so incredibly helpful and supportive.

Dates for the 2022 festival in Rye will take place from Thursday 23 to 29 August and we are already working on a whole range of fantastic plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival in a major way

We are currently planning a series of exceptional concerts in Rye at St Mary’s church for late December and we very much hope that we can proceed with these wonderful events on the basis that we have no restrictions or challenges that might not allow us to proceed…. we will make sure that we update you on these exciting plans as they unfold.

Please keep in touch, stay safe and thank you again for supporting the festival and the return on live music.

Posted on 03/09/2021 by Ian Bowden

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