Unexpected announcement ends Jazz Festival

September 28 2015

The Sodbury Jazz and Blues Festival will not return in 2016 after the organisers announced they weren’t continuing the popular event.

The Sodbury Jazz and Blues Festival will not return in 2016 after the organisers announced they weren’t continuing the popular event.

The festival began in 2011 as a purely jazz event, but expanded last year to include blues artists.  The likes of Kenny Ball, Jacqui Dankworth, Digby Fairweather, Chris Farlowe, Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band, Paul Jones & Dave Kelly have all appeared at the event.

It’s thought the decision to pull the plug came after the local Rotary Club withdrew its involvement.  The festival’s website broke the news under a headline that said ‘Thank you and goodbye’.  One of the organisers, Stuart Hobday, wrote; “In answer to the people who keep stopping me and saying ‘I’ve heard a rumour….’, yes, it’s true. The Sodbury Jazz & Blues Festival has come to and end”.

“I know that a lot of people gained a great deal of pleasure from the Festival and other concerts and I, for one, will miss bringing live music to the town. Unfortunately, that will not now happen. Enormous thanks go out to all those who supported the events over the past five years”.