Arts & Elbows

A catalogue of commentary on events in Thanet and occassionally the rest of the world.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Big Sky

Thanet's brightest new idea lately has been the Margate Jazz Festival which first played to a wildly enthusiastic audience last year under the name "Jazz in the Sunset". This year it's called "The Big Sky jazz festival 2006" with an equally impressive line-up. It's likely to be heaving with hep-cats so any potential visitors might want to book ahead for the gigs which charge for entry, or get here very early for the free shows. Any visitors looking for the "Piazza" should note that it's called the Parade locally and is by the harbour. If your view of the lighthouse on the end of the pier roughly matches that in the picture above then you're in the right place.
The full Programme for the festival is;
Friday 14th July
John Dankworth, Cleo Laine & Friends; Winter Gardens 7.30pm; £16 - Tickets 01843 296111
Saturday 15th July
Mark Lockheart's Big Idea, Annie Whitehead Big Sky Quartet, Julian Siegel Quartet, Christine Tobin, Colin Town's Mask Septet; The Piazza from 2pm; Free
BougaraBou; Market Place 3.00pm; Free
Light of the World; QuBar 10.30pm; £7 - Tickets 01843 571684
Sunday 16th July
Soothsayers Big Band, The Stan Tracey Quartet, Hkippers, Paul Booth's Harbour Jazz Orchestra, Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw Duo; The Piazza from 2pm; Free
Drum Workshop; Market Place 3.00pm; Free
Estelle Kokot; Newby's 7.30pm; £3 - Tickets 01843 292888
Tuesday 18th July
John Etheridge; Wig & Pen 7.30pm; Free
Wednesday 19th July
Carol Grimes; Impressions 7.30pm; £5 - Tickets 01843 227610
Thursday 20th July
Sosax; Cafe G 7.30pm; £7.50 - Tickets 01843 225600
Friday 21st July
Paul Booth & Friends; Smiths Court Hotel 7.30pm; - Dinner Bookings 01843 222310
Saturday 22nd July
Barb Jungr; The Harbour Cafe Bar 7.30pm; £6 - Tickets 01843 290110

4 Comments:

Anonymous Bob said...

wow - thats pretty good... normally when you have a mixture of free & pay stuff, the best bands are more expensive - this time it's the other way round!

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great festie, I've not been to Margate for donkeys years I'm deffo up for the Sunday.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful!thanks to david in harbour cafe(fabulous food and great decor-wooden floors etc)he put this on last year on a sunday,this year it has grown fantastic!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

At last someone has the right idea for getting visitors down. Last year's was fantastic, with John Etheridge being the highlight and this year you can catch him in a more intimate setting. Any serious local plank-spanker should check it out.

5:31 PM  

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