Enjoy more music at Real Ale and Jazz FestivalBy Alan Bunce and Robyn Dow
July 20, 2011
The new emphasis on music at this year’s Real Ale and Jazz Festival looks set to increase the numbers attending.
Ticket sales are up on last year and two of the sales outlets for advanced tickets; 3 Ways Physiotherapy in Woodley and the Black Horse pub in Emmer Green; needed extra sent out before Sunday’s deadline.
The 24th festival, organised by Reading Hockey Club and supported by the Reading Post, runs from tomorrow until Saturday at Christchurch Meadows in Caversham.
Organisers have upgraded the level of its performers so that James Hunter, a favourite on Jools Holland, will headline the show on Saturday night.
Chairman Barry Jukes said: “Ticket sales for the Saturday night are reflecting well. It’s the most expensive night but it’s the most popular.”
There’s still time get your tickets.
Buying them online (until noon tomorrow) ensures speedier entrance. Collect them on the night, buy tickets at the site itself, or just turn up and pay on the night on the night.
The line up is:
- Thursday (ticket price £15): The Hep Chaps, Blue Harlem. Opening time, 7pm. Music starts at 7.15pm. Closing time is 11.30pm.
- Friday (ticket price £17): The Andy Dickens Band, Red Stripe Band. Opening time, 6pm. Music starts 7.15pm. Closing time is midnight.
- Saturday (ticket price £20): The Chris Walker Swingtet, The Filthy Six, James Hunter. Opening time, 4.30pm. Closing time is 11.30pm.
Breweries supplying ales include Adnams, Ascot, Charles Wells, Fullers, Grain, Hop Back, Loddon, Marston’s, Mauldons, Meantime, Purity, Ramsbury, Rebellion, Ringwood, St Austell, Surrey Hills, Timothy Taylor, Tring, Two Bridges, Vale, West Berks, Windsor & Eton and Young’s.
There will also be a bar for wines and ciders where chocolate will also be available.
No one’s going to go away hungry because there will be a burger bar, the ever popular hog roast and, for the first time, Pieminister’s pies.
For those who don’t recognise some of the bands or want to know more Robyn Dow gives us the low-down on all the acts:
Thursday’s swing dance night gives you a chance to shake your hips and move your dancing feet thanks to a beginners dance workshop which will be run by All Jazzed Up. Starting at 6pm, before the festival launches, it aims to be a great way to kick off the Festival.
Tickets for the workshop cost £17 and includes evening entry.
There are seven bands playing this weekend:
This group is said to be one of the most esteemed jazz bands on the London scene since 1996. The band made it big in 2007 when they played in Dubai and have been touring the world ever since.
The Hep Chaps
Previously a duo, The Hep Chaps expanded to a six-piece 15 years ago and perform 30s; and 40s-style music that will be sure to get you up on your feet. A favourite with jazz lovers, they have an authentic sound.
The Red Stripe Band
A huge hit last year, The Red Stripe Band return to headline Friday.
This band has gone from strength to strength, playing in destinations such as New York and Tokyo.
Stephen Fry, a fan of the group, said: “Red Stripe’s immediate rapport with the audience and quirky humour makes this show unmissable.”
The Andy Dickens Band
Andy Dickens, trumpet and horn player, is joining the festival with 25 years’; of experience and heaps of enthusiasm. Promising a contemporary sound and fiery jazz, it is bound to be a great set.
This popular act will be finishing the Saturday night with a bang. Hunter’s retro style and soulful voice will have you dancing and humming to the beat. The singer has played on the likes of BBC Radio 2 and has supported Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs and Van Morrison.
The Filthy Six
These six lads promise to be a real treat.
They’ve performed at festivals such as Glastonbury and Edinburgh and last year found themselves on BBC Radio 2. They are sure to get you swaying your hips and humming along to the beat.
The Chris Walker Swingtet
Previously helping behind the scenes, this year Chris takes centre stage to start Saturday evening off with what has been described as a laid-back blend of jazz and swing music.
For more details visit www.raaj.co.info.