Big bands, boogie and blues come to Lyme Regis for Jazz Jurassica platinum weekend!

Jazz JurassicaJAZZ Jurassica is busily gearing up for the Platinum Jubilee weekend later this month in more ways than one. 

Organisers are looking forward to the exciting Platinum Jubilee events organised by Lyme Regis Town Council and pulling out all the stops with their own musical programme of big bands, boogie and blues.

There are concerts from award-winning performers in Marine Theatre, and free events along the seafront, in Langmoor Gardens and on the beach.

Dorset Youth Jazz Orchestra open the festival with a free concert on the seafront on Thursday, June 2 at 2pm.

This 18-strong band features talented young musicians from all over Dorset. It will be the first time they’ve played in public since the pandemic.

Friday sees the return to the seafront of Adam Sweet, from 1pm to 5pm, with his Friday Blues Bender. Adam will host fabulous featured guests including Zoe Schwarz, Mick Taylor and, of course, himself.

Saturday’s Soulfest kicks off with WeFunk’s exhilarating set of funk and soul classics.

Local jazz fusion band, Slinky Machine join them from 2pm, followed by singer and keyboard player, Alison Davies, and singer-guitarist, Phoebe Blue.

To wrap up, local soul singer Joanna Cooke will showcase her new chart-topping album.

Sunday is the climax of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Lyme Regis Town Council is hosting a picnic in Langmoor Gardens from 4pm and the BBC Big Band Orchestra on the beach from 8pm.

The evening concludes with a spectacular firework display over the Cobb at 10pm.

Julie Sheppard of Jazz Jurassica said: “This is going to be a mega weekend. We’ve got award-winning artists and knock out shows – three-a-day in the Marine Theatre. And homegrown talent on the seafront. Plus lots of street food from our food and drinks traders.

“Look on our website to see what’s on offer and start making some plans. We can’t wait to see you all!”

Jazz Jurassica will be held from June 2 to 5, tying in with Platinum Jubilee events in the town. For full programme and tickets visit the website www.jazzjurassica.co.uk

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