Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival will be swinging into town in April

By Jamie Hill - 16 December 2019

Arts and Culture

The second Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival featuring British Jazz award winners, established Soul acts and headlined by international Swing Kings Ray Gelato and The Giants.

Following the success of the first Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival in 2019, the event returns with a day packed with over 70 performers. The David Knight stage (Christ Church) will showcase a day of Jazz headlined by Ray Gelato and The Giants who have taken their special brand of Swing, Jazz and Rhythm & Blues to music fans all over the world including sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as well as performances at Montreal Jazz Festival, Umbria Festival (Italy), The Blue Note (New York) and the BBC Proms.

The Soul Room (Community Hall at Christ Church) will feature a day of Soul and soul inspired music with acts like Neo Soul singer songwriter Ruth Royall, Ikaizume Souls Soul who has supported the likes of Jimmy Cliff and written music for Carleen Anderson, and The Soul Strutters, a four-piece Funk & Soul Band from Bristol. The Soul Room also has performances from local talent such as twin singing duo Billy & Louie, Soul band Joli & The Souls, and Reggae band Erin Bardwell Collective.

Festival founder and organiser Evie Em-Jay said ‘ 2020’s event will continue to showcase the diverse genres of Jazz & Soul including Latin Jazz, Funk, Bebop, Gospel and Neo Soul. The Soul Room will be expanded and has a larger amount of acts including an afterparty with DJ Marc Nicholas playing Funk Soul Classics and Northern Soul. We are very grateful to our sponsors The Royal Oak Old Town, Hills, and Men’s Mental Health-Swindon’.

The event supports Swindon & District Samaritans and a percentage of every ticket sold will be donated to the charity. Evie Em-Jay personally selected Samaritans as a charity she would like to donate to and by co-incidence she found out through the Swindon & District Team that they were founded by the Reverend of Christ Church over 50 years ago.

The event is from 12pm on Saturday 4th April 2020. Advance tickets are £12 (£14 on the door if available) and under 16’s have free entry. Tickets available at https://www.book-online.co.uk/cccc/tickets/events, from the venue in person, or at The Royal Oak’s weekly Tuesday Jazz Club

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