Lyme Regis’ Jazz Jurassica is on!

Martin Harley
Martin Harley will be appearing at this year’s Jazz Jurassica (photo credit: Michal Augustini)

JAZZ Jurassica, the four-day jazz and blues festival in Lyme Regis, will go ahead at the end of May say organisers.

After a year in lockdown, Jazz Jurassica will kick off this year’s summer festival season with a bumper line up, featuring performers and sounds from around the globe.

After receiving special funding from the Arts Council to stage a socially-distanced festival, organisers are confident they can press ahead over the spring Bank Holiday weekend.

This will follow the planned reopening of indoor venues across the country on May 17.

This year’s line-up features exuberant Afro-Cuban music, gritty blues from the Mississippi Delta, New Orleans boogie-woogie, vintage ragtime and 60s soul, and much more, says festival director Julie Sheppard.

“We’ve chosen a diverse mix of music to attract those who’d never consider going to a ‘jazz’ festival,” she said.

“And we’ve sourced music from around the world, so even if you can’t jet away to exotic shores just yet, you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds of the Caribbean, New Orleans and Mississippi on your doorstep”

Programme highlights include a 17-piece Latin big band, Martin Harley’s new electric blues and a show-stopping soul music revue recreating the 60s and 70s favourite soul classics.

Julie added: “Tickets are now on sale and the full programme is up on our website. We can’t wait for the return of live music.

“There’ll be over 100 musicians playing over the weekend and lots of music to enjoy for free. It’s been a difficult 18 months for festivals, and we aim to make up for it.

“As a small independent festival, in an iconic location, we’ll blaze a trail for live music over the spring Bank Holiday weekend”.

Because of social distancing the number of tickets will be halved compared with previous years.

“We advise people to book soon to avoid disappointment,” said Julie.

“And they can book with complete confidence as we’re guaranteeing full and automatic refunds should we have to cancel.”

Jazz Jurassica will be held from Friday, May 28 to Monday, May 31 and you can find full details and buy tickets at www.jazzjurassica.co.uk

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