1,700 expected at Real Ale and Jazz FestivalBy Alan Bunce
July 22, 2011
More than 1,700 people are expected to head for Christchurch Meadows in Caversham tomorrow for the biggest night of the Reading Real Ale and Jazz Festival.
James Hunter, fresh from his 20-date tour of the USA, is the headline act as festival organisers seek to put on some of the best up-and-coming British talent.
Rhythm and blues star James, who has performed on Radio 2 programmes for Jools Holland and Mark Lamarr, has supported musical legends like Aretha Franklin and Van Morrison as well Los Lonely Boys and Boz Scaggs and is the big name of this year’s upgraded music line-up.
He and his band have earned rave reviews in the UK and the US, and will be off to Antwerp in Belgium to perform at the Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Festival on Sunday.
Supporting James Hunter is The Filthy Six, a band described as playing ‘a hip-shakingly powerful mixture of soul jazz, funk and boogaloo in the finest traditions of late 60s Blue Note artists’.
The Filthy Six have also performed on the Mark Lamarr Show, BBC Radio 2 and the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC 6Music.
The Chris Walker Swingtet, a festival favourite, will kick off the music tomorrow.
Festival 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.”
You can pay at the gate both for today and tomorrow.
Today’s line-up – ticket price £17 – is The Andy Dickens Band and the Red Stripe Band. Opening time, 6pm. Music starts 7.15pm. Closing time is midnight.
Tomorrow: ticket price £20 – opening time is 4.30pm. Music starts at 5pm. 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, and chocolate will also be available. There will be a burger bar, a hog roast and, for the first time, Pieminister’s pies.
Visit http://raaj.info/ to find out more.