The boards are up excitement mounts


At the end of August, the streets of Rye will be alive with wonderful live music as the Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary from Thursday to Monday, August 25 to 29,  encompassing the August bank holiday weekend.

Established as one of the best boutique music festivals of its kind in the UK with international recognition, the festival attracts visitors to experience a diverse range of music styles which includes jazz, blues, roots, RnB, soul, funk, Latin and Cuban music.

Ian Bowden, festival director said: “The festival creates such an exciting buzz and atmosphere in the town, and we want the local businesses, restaurants, galleries, pubs, and hotels to all benefit from the additional visitors that attend the festival. The festival is all about having fun, enjoying the wide variety of music, and exploring the amazing history that Rye has to offer.”

This year’s headline afternoon and evening ticketed concerts take place at the unique setting of St Mary’s church, Rye and include a stellar line-up.

Richard Thompson in St Mary’s Church

Free and ticketed events also take place at various fringe venues within the town and includes a special jazz and wine tasting event at the Ship Inn, Rye on Thursday August 28, with additional great live music taking place at the Brewery Yard Club, the Rye Champagne and Jazz wine bar on Conduit Hill.

There will be so much great music on offer so why not get a group of friends together, round up the family or treat someone special and make a whole weekend of it in Rye.

For the full programme of events and to book tickets online go to

Image Credits: Kt Bruce .

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