Reading Real Ale & Jazz Festival celebrating 25 yearsBy Sally Bryant
June 25, 2012
Barrels and a sultry sax or two are ready for this year’s Reading Real Ale & Jazz Festival – and it’s a milestone.
The three-day event is the 25th in aid of Reading Hockey Club and organisers are making sure they mark the quarter-century in style.
The celebration is really going to kick off in style on Thursday, July 19 – Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists The Jive Aces will be headlining.
Also on the bill will be Laura B and the Moonlighters, with Swing Fever and the Red Stripe Band following on Friday.
The final night will see the Old Thumper Jazz Band, Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience and the Bob Kerr Whoope Band take the stage.
Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which will run over the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 19, 20 and 21, at Christchurch Meadows in Caversham.
All the money raised will go to the premier hockey club to help with initiatives including development programmes and plans for two new pitches.
Real ale lovers are going to be in for a real treat with more than 22 breweries on site, including eco-brewery Purity.
No-one will go hungry either, with food stalls serving up a range of tastes including burgers and the ever-popular hog roast.
Barry Jukes, from the volunteer group in charge of organising the event, said: “We can’t believe that this year’s festival is such a milestone.
“We have only reached our 25th anniversary by receiving fantastic support from the local community and their enthusiasm for the event goes from strength to strength.
“I am positive that 2012 will be the best one so far.”
Tickets are available online at raaj.info/tickets and they are also being sold at 3 Ways Physiotherapy in Woodley, the Black Horse pub in Emmer Green and Hickies Music Store in Friar Street.
- We’re giving you the chance to win one of 25 pairs of tickets to the Friday night event.
Just answer this simple question: What is the name of the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists who will be headlining the opening light?
Write your answer on a postcard and send it with your name, address and telephone number to Sally Bryant, Real Ale & Jazz Festival Competition, Reading Post, 8 Tessa Road, Reading, RG1 8NS.
Or email your answer to Readingeditorial@trinitysouth.co.uk
Deadline for entries is Friday, June 29.
The usual Surrey and Berkshire Media competition rules apply.