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SOLIHULL’S first ever Jazz and Blues Festival is swinging its way into town on June 1.

Stages will be popping up across the town centre on the Jubilee weekend until Monday June 4, as some of the biggest names on the jazz and blues circuit come to perform, including the Fab Boogie Boys, The Brian Newton Big Band; Tipitina and Ricky Cool and Hoola Boola Boys who count music legend Robert Plant amongst their fans.

Stages will be popping up across the town centre on the Jubilee weekend until Monday June 4, as some of the biggest names on the jazz and blues circuit come to perform, including the Fab Boogie Boys, The Brian Newton Big Band; Tipitina and Ricky Cool and Hoola Boola Boys who count music legend Robert Plant amongst their fans.

The festival kicks off with a launch party on the outdoor terrace at the back of Touchwood, from 5pm on Friday June 1 with a live band stage, plenty of Pimms, bubbly and real ale as well as a celebrity surprise.

On Saturday, the High Street will be filled with the sight and sounds of Mardis Gras with the help of a New Orleans-style band, dancers and a procession including stilt walkers from Pizza Express, the Nando’s dancing chicken, Giddy the Giraffe, La Tasca’s flamenco dancers, The Delhi Restaurant’s Bhangra dancers and Jitterbug performers.

Bands will perform on stages at the terrace and Mell Square throughout the festival while the Royal Blues Brothers tribute band will play a gig at the Ramada and performances by a jazz singer and live band will take place outside of Steven Quance and Fabulous jewellers in Touchwood, and O’Neills pub, respectively,

Alongside foot tapping jazz and melancholic blues music, there will be jazz-inspired art and refreshments in the Whitewall gallery in House of Fraser, a special VIP jazz event in Drury Lane and locals will be able to buy a range of jazz themed food, books and posters,

Following the festival, Solihull Council will be carrying on the fun with a Jubilee Street Party in Library Square with bunting, entertainment and refreshments for the whole family.

A full programme of events will be published soon.

 

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