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Lancaster Jazz Festival announce line-up for 2018

Manchester based Skeltr fill one of three headline slots at Lancaster Jazz Festival 2018

Roller Trio, Skeltr and Kit Downes will headline the festival which runs 14-16 September

Lancaster Jazz Festival have announced their line-up for their eighth festival, which will take place between 14-16 September and feature three headline performances for the first time.

Manchester based Skeltr have been making waves in the Jazz world for some time, and they will headline the Saturday night with a brand new piece of work created especially for the festival.

Coming at the audience with sumptuous, prolific saxophone solos alongside mysterious samples, synths and loops they produce a heart wrenching and thoughtful cascade of modern and technical soulful funk and jazz.

Skeltr will play in The Round at The Dukes theatre on Saturday 15 September with tickets on sale now.

Kit Downes, regarded as one of the UK’s outstanding Jazz talents, will fill the festival’s first ever Sunday night headline slot, with a truly one-off performance. Set in the spectacular Ashton Hall within Lancaster Town Hall, Downes will play a solo show on the hall’s magnificent historic pipe organ on Sunday 16 September to close the festival.

Roller Trio, with a new album just out and a new guitarist – Chris Sharkey, will headline the opening event of the festival weekend on Friday 14 September at Lancaster Brewery. They will be supported by the explosive power trio Taupe and Birmingham based trio Juggenaught.

Throughout the weekend there will be a whole host of performances from musicians across seven other stages throughout Lancaster over the three days in what will be Lancaster Jazz’s most ambitious festival yet.

On Saturday audiences can enjoy Sun Square, one of Lancaster’s hidden gems, with outdoor performances from 12pm until 7.30pm. The stage will welcome the winners of this year’s Jazz North Introduces scheme plus performances from Yiasena, Let Spin, Charlie Pyne Quartet, Slow Loris and World Service Project.

Alternatively, Jazz enthusiasts may prefer to venture to the festival’s newest venue in The Storey, for a more intimate experience. The venue will host this year’s Youth Jazz Commission Artist, Thomas Rideout, plus a collaboration from two incredible up and coming bands, Archipelago and J Frisco. The Printroom Café will host a set from Satori, with the Nu Jazz Collective entertaining audiences into the evening from 7-10pm.

In addition to Skeltr’s headline set at The Dukes, there will be performances from Joy Ellis at The Hall and Beyond Albedo at The Yorkshire Taps to close off Saturday’s offering.

Sunday will see a similar programme of events with Brigitte Beraha’s Babelfish, John Pope Quintet and Ubunye playing the Sun Square stage. Mosaic will play in The Storey Auditorium, plus there will be performances in The Hall from Inside Outside and Rachael & The Red Socks.

The festival will be brought to a close with Kit Downes’ truly unique headline show at the Ashton Hall with support from the incredible Täpp, a fresh and dynamic violin and cello loop pedal duo.

On top of the main programme of artists, there will be multiple supported events and additional festival activities such as Jazz Breakfasts and a masterclass from Kathy Dyson. Full details can be found at www.lancasterjazz.com.

The majority of the festival is free for audiences with the exception of the Skeltr and Kit Downes headline performances.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from The Dukes box office. Book now in person, by phone (01524 598500), email tickets@dukes-lancaster.org, or online at www.dukes-lancaster.org.

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