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Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival

Friday, August 6

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The smooth sounds of summer will fill the Barbican during this popular free festival. 

The line-up includes a great range of musical genres, from foot stomping blues to soulful rock, acoustic soloists to the diverse rhythms of Latin jazz. Relax with a drink and a bite to eat from one of the many nearby bars and pubs, or put on your dancing shoes and party the night away.

Festival line-up:

Friday 6 August
12pm – Jon Walsh
1.15pm – The Martin Dale Latin Quartet
2.30pm – Andy Quick (solo)
3.45pm – Vince Lee & The Big Combo
5pm – Adam Sweet Band
6.30pm – Gozer Godspeed & The Neon Gamblers
7.45pm – Joanna Cooke
9pm – Smokey’s King Shufflers

Saturday 7 August
12pm – Caddick and Parkes
1.15pm – The Sultans
2.30pm – Liam Ward & Malcolm Thorne
3.45pm – Jessica and the Rabbits
5pm – Geoff Carne
6.30pm – Neil May Quartet
7.45pm – Tailfin
9pm – Benny Guitar Carr

Sunday 8 August
12pm – Orpheus Latin Jazz
1.15pm – Jeff ‘the horse’ Horsey
2.30pm – Blacktop Deluxe/Keith Howe
3.45pm – Bad Knees Blues Band
5pm – The Sam Kennedy Trio

The event takes place outside, but visitors are reminded that they can take steps to keep themselves and others safe by taking regular lateral flow tests and wearing face masks in indoor spaces (like inside pubs or bars). Many businesses have kept Covid-19 safety restrictions in place, so please respect their rules.

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