Your invitation to a weekend of free live music at Jazz Jurassica!

ORGANISERS of Jazz Jurassica, the four-day jazz and blues festival in Lyme Regis, are excited about the forthcoming bumper weekend of live music over Bank Holiday.

There’s a full music programme every afternoon this weekend, featuring some of the most talented young artists in the South West. And it’s all for free.

To accommodate COVID measures, the free events this year have moved from the Marine Parade shelters to Theatre Square, just outside Marine Theatre.

Saturday afternoon’s focus is the blues, with local bluesman, Adam Sweet and his band backing festival favourite Vince Lee, with his high energy playing; Zoe Schwarz, a blues singer with a national reputation, and finally Ian Briggs, one of the country’s finest harmonica players.

Sunday features jazz and soul with the unmissable soul singer Phoebe Jane; Gary Alesbrook, a trumpeter with a love of groove; and local favourite, singer-songwriter, Joanna Cooke.

Jonah Hitchens, blue-eyed soul boy, will round off the session in his own explosive and unpredictable style.

Bank Holiday Monday sees B Sharp member Harvey Causley showcase local singer-songwriters Annabel Davis, Luke Pemberton and Ellie Kirtley. They’ll be accompanied by the WeFunk house band.

These young local performers are literally tomorrow’s stars in the making.

For those who can’t make it, Lyme Bay Radio and LymeOnline will be live broadcasting from the festival.

There will be local street food stalls on both Marine Parade and on Gun Cliff Walk to feed hungry festival-goers and visitors.

Julie Sheppard, festival organiser, said: “After 12 months of no live music in the town, we want everyone to come and enjoy the real thing – for free.

“Sit in the sunshine, listen to the best local music around, take in the stunning views and enjoy some great food and drink. We’re even providing the seats!

“All we ask is that you download the NHS Track & Trace App and scan the QR code on entry. See you there!”

Jazz Jurassica opens today (Friday, May 28) and will run all weekend until Monday, May 31. Find more details at www.jazzjurassica.co.uk

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