This is probably the last big blog from me pre-festival as I hand the festival blog over to our resident Festival Reporter, Rob for the week and as the festival team move from manic-pre-festival-week mode to insane-running-on-coffee-alone-on-site-mode.
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This is by far the biggest, most complicated, best quality, most fitting with the vision, most progressive festival we've made so far and we're all really excited about the next few days. Some quick personal highlights then:
The Dread Supreme Radical Show Band and Protest Roots Review (formally A Dread Supreme) - Friday 18th - 9pm - Lancaster Brewery
Now appearing in full 10 piece formation this is going to be incredible. John Coltrane meets dub-reggae and a whole tonne of new things from their upcoming new album...
LJF Youth Jazz Commission 2015 - Calum MacLeod presents "NODHA" - Saturday 19th - 2pm - The Hall
Gaelic songs, harp + effects. A brand new, original, boundary pushing world premier with some superb coffee on the side, commissioned especially for this years festival.
Empirical feat. Julian Siegel - Saturday 19th - 7.30pm - The Dukes
Giants of the european jazz scene in the beautiful Rake theatre. Gonna be really, really special.
The Paradise Trio - Sunday 20th - 12.20pm - Sun Square Stage
A trio of legendary performers on our very own tiny main stage in heart of Georgian Lancaster.
Billionaires Trio - Sunday 20th - 1pm - Royal Kings Arms
Afternoon Tea accompanied by Jools Holland approved boogie-woogie from Lancaster's own boogie maestro.
See you there!
- Matt Robinson, festival director