Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival is the Best yetWed 3rd July 2019
With thirty performances over one weekend, this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival is the biggest yet.
Simon Cunliffe-Lister, who organises the festival at his ancestral home, says “I’m particularly looking forward to our Saturday evening headliners; multi-instrumentalist Mo Pleasure, and jazz vocalist Atila. Mo played with all the greats from Ray Charles to Earth, Wind and Fire. I saw him play a storming set in London and instantly booked him. Atila is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nat King Cole, with his ‘King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story’ show. I love the timeless music of Nat King Cole and I can’t think of a better group to celebrate his centenary than Atila and his world class team of musicians, who sold out at Ronnie Scotts and London’s Hippodrome.”
“We are into our final days of preparation now. The excitement really starts building for me, when the main stage goes up on our lawns, three days before the festival kicks off.”
Festival goers arrive to pitch a tent or park a camper home in the Hall’s park field, from midday on the Friday. Musicians perform on a main stage on the lawns, in the Elizabethan Grade I listed Great Hall, in the late-night bar tent, and in the 19th century stables courtyard surrounded by shops, a café and plants raised in the gardens.
“To accompany the music we arrange a smorgasbord of the best local food and drink; real-dairy ice cream, locally farmed produce, nearby brewed ales, and cocktails using the juice of our garden’s apples. We’ve got a new addition this year, our wood fired pizza trailer, I’m hoping everyone will enjoy it.”
“This is our thirteenth festival. Over the years everyone coming to the festival has become one big happy family. I’m looking forward to welcoming them all back in a few days’ time. Seeing the joy on their faces is what makes everything worthwhile.”
Artists confirmed include Ponyland, The Mark Williams Trio, Ben Beattie Band, Atila, Artephis, Morris "Mo" Pleasure, Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat, Max and Veronica and bringing the 2019 festival to a close is Ben Beattie’s After Midnight band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister and many, many more.
Having grown year on year, this delightful, family friendly festival with its beautiful and safe environment, and with locally sourced food and drink on offer, provides music for all tastes. It’s ideal for those seeking an ambient accompaniment to a glass of wine or pint of local bitter in the majestic grounds, as much as for the jazz or blues aficionado wanting to get up close to star performers.
There is camping in the beautiful surroundings of the adjacent Park Field, with very much welcomed hot showers, baby changing and disabled facilities too.
Within Burton Agnes' grounds, there’s a maze, giant games, jungle garden, a woodland walk with forest creatures to explore and a beautiful award-winning walled garden containing over four thousand different plant species, herbaceous borders.
This festival is much more than just a Jazz and Blues Festival. Come along and see for yourself and remember, all the family are welcome to our home, including your canine members.
For more info please visit:
Tickets are available from Telephone 01262 490324 or https://www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival/Tickets_and_Prices.html
There are day tickets as well as individual session tickets.