Street festival addition to Ribble Valley Jazz Festival

Nick Schumann entertains shoppers in Clitheroe Town Centre as part of the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.'Photo Ben Parsons
Nick Schumann entertains shoppers in Clitheroe Town Centre as part of the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.'Photo Ben Parsons

It’s surprises galore at this year’s Ribble Valley Jazz Festival to be held over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the annual four-day celebration, from Friday, May 3rd to Monday, May 6th, celebrates all that is good about live and creative music in the county.

Headline acts include British Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2012 Liane Carroll and the James Taylor Quartet.

This year, organisers have collaborated with Valley Gigs for a Saturday Street Festival. There will also be the first out-of-town blues gig at Chipping Village Hall and an extended blues stage at the Rose & Crown pub in Clitheroe.

Another extra is a pre-festival warm-up gig on Saturday, April 27th with Norwegian rising star Marius Neset.

Clitheroe’s The Grand, The Atrium Cafe Bar plus many other pubs and restaurants are some of the great jazz venues utilised by the festival.

All this is extra to the already successful format of ticketed gigs and free fringe events.

Friday’s Lunchtime Live at The Grand will see the return of the Georgina Jackson Quartet and there will be more youth jazz with the John Wickham Band, St Augustine’s RC School Big Band and Pacific Lamppost.

On Monday afternoon following star appearances from Matt Holborn Quartet, Tantz, Neil Yates Quartet, Jazz Department, The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ, Northern Jazz Orchestra, and a host of free gigs, the grand finale with a real party atmosphere will feature Giddy Gringos and visitors advised to bring their dancing shoes.

Book tickets for all events at The Grand’s ticket office. Call 01200 421599 or visit: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk.