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15 reasons to visit Cleethorpes Jazz Festival

Swing into McCormack’s Bar in Cleethorpes this June for a weekend jam-packed with Jazz.

With a fantastic festival line-up, there will be a whole host of dedicated Jazz musicians taking to the stage day and night over the weekend of June 24-26.

As last year, the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival will kick off with a free performance at St Peter’s Church in St Peter’s Avenue, which in turn kick’s off the church’s Music-While-You-Eat weekly programme of Friday concerts during the summer.

Then it’s all at the friendly intimate atmosphere of McCormack’s Bar, an ideal venue for a full weekend of ballads and back-beat that only jazz can bring.

Organiser Gill Wilde said: “There are at least 15 reasons to come to this year’s Cleethorpes Jazz Festival.

” It has even more of an international flavour with the presence of Australia’s first lady of jazz, vocalist Janet Seidel with her trio.

” In contrast another trio, this time from Switzerland, Vein with music which straddles the landscape from jazz standards to original compositions and pure improvisation.

“Many more exciting bands spread over the weekend include Matt Skelton Septet, Liz Fletcher Quintet, Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra, Mark Nightingale piano-less Quartet, Pat McCarthy Duo, Roger Beaujolais Quartet and Gilad Atzmon Quartet, with solo artists Liane Carroll and Dave Newton.

“The highlight will be the commission written by Alan, and performed by the Alan Barnes Octet of ‘A Grimsby Fish Tale’, a story paying tribute to our fishing heritage in jazz and poetry,” Gill added.

With good food and real ale on offer, there will also be a photographic gallery, record stall and a large free car park.

The Cleethorpes Jazz Festival has been awarded funding by the Arts Council England.

Early bird tickets are on sale now, until June 1.


Pre festival special at St Peter’s Church Cleethorpes

noon-1pm: Janet Seidel Trio.

Friday evening at McCormacks Bar

7-8pm: The Janet Seidel Trio.

8.30-9.45pm: Vein.

10.15-11.30pm: Matt Skelton Allstars.


11-11.3am: NEL Jazz Orchestra tbc.

12.15-1.15pm: The Jam Experiment.

1.45-2.45pm: Pat McCarthy with Chuck Morgan.

3.15-4.30pm: Man Overboard.

Saturday Evening

6-7.15pm: Roger Beaujolais Quartet.

7.45-9pm: Liz Fletcher Quintet.

9.30-10.45pm: Alan Barnes/Gilad Atzmon Quintet.


10.30-11am: Sound Departure.

11.45-1pm: Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra.

1.30-2.45pm: Sue Richardson the life and music of Chet Baker.

3.15-4.30pm: Mark Nightingale pianoless Quartet.

5.30-6.30pm: Dave Newton.

7-8.15pm: Liane Carroll.

8.45-10.15pm: Alan Barnes Octet.

The ‘Earlybird’ weekend pass tickets are a bargain at £75, but are only available until June 1.

Weekend Ticket: £85.

Full day Saturday: £36.

Full day Sunday: £36.

Friday evening: £27.

Saturday evening: £27.

Sunday evening: £27.

Saturday afternoon: £21.

Sunday afternoon: £21.

Concessions are available for children and students and well behaved under 12 years are free with fee paying adults, subject to availability.

Students: weekend £35, day £15, session £10.

Parking is free but you will need to show your festival tickets. If you have yet to purchase a festival ticket, car parking will be £3 which is redeemable at the bar.

Tickets available from:

* Gill Wilde 68 Welholme Avenue, Grimsby DN32 0BP, tel: 01472 873730. (Please make cheques payable to Grimsby jazz). Email:

*Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre, tel 01472 323111, where they can be paid for by cash, cheque or card. Tickets can be posted or they can be held for collection at the venue.

*Off the Beaten Track, 36 Aswell St Louth, tel 01507 607677 (cash, cheque or card fee charged).