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Welcome to our new website and welcome to Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival 2015 taking place from 27th to 31st August. Take your time to have a look through some of this year's fantastic line-up including GoGo Penguin, Wilko Johnson and Avery Sunshine. Tickets for these headline events are now on sale. More headline acts and our fringe and street programme will be announced over the coming days.

The Spectrum Jazz Lounge introduced for the first time last year to much acclaim promises to be the buzzy hub of the 2015 programme; presenting a packed programme of afternoon, evening and late night sessions running through to 2am. Confirmed artists include the talented Theo Jackson, Ian Shaw Trio, Liane Carroll and US soul diva Avery* Sunshine, only performing a handful of UK dates… more to be announced including Monday’s live Latin experience for those who want to get on their dancing shoes. So keep checking in for more news and announcements.

For the first time we will be presenting a series of cinematic screenings in association with Kino Digital Rye; Bayou Maharajah, The Sound After The Storm, Ray and Dreamgirls. With a fantastic food menu and fully licenced bar, come relax in plush surroundings and take in any one of four films.

Bringing blues to the Milligan Theatre, we are delighted to be presenting two of the most renowned blues acts of our generation; former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson and The Blues Band featuring Paul Jones of BBC Radio 2 fame. Jones was the original front-man with the group Manfred Mann, he performs alongside a multi-talented line-up which also includes Tom McGuinness, Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher and Rob Townsend.

Performing live at St Mary’s is the modern and cutting edge GoGo Penguin and James Tormé. James Tormé will delight and excite the audience as he kicks off the festival weekend. The combination of world class musicianship and Tormé’s incomparable vocal gift and showmanship makes for a rare musical experience. A must see!

Fat Tuesday Second Line (featured in photo, courtesy of Andy Field Photography) make a very welcome return to entertain crowds on the streets of Rye on festival Saturday, 29th August. Bring on the trumpets! A nine piece brass band, playing the sort of funky jazz that you’d hear in a typicl New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. Our full programme of street events, the Butter Market Sessions and fringe events taking place in cosy inns, bars and restaurants will be announced over the coming weeks.

More new additions to the festival include the provision of camping and parking facilities, making the logistics of your visit to Rye and the 2015 festival hassle-free.

To give you a flavour of the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival take a look at this short video from 2014’s festivities. Courtesy of GVLayne Media.

Posted on 23/05/2015 by Ian Bowden

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