Record line-up for Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival 2018

Organisers pay tribute to event founder, the late Phillip Martin


This year’s Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival is set to be another star-studded event with a record number of performers lined-up to entertain the Easter weekend.

Festival programmes are now available online and at local outlets around the town, listing all the famous names whose stage skills will turn Nantwich into a mecca for music-lovers between 29th March and 2nd April 2018.

More than 150 solo performers and bands are set to make the festival, now in its 22nd year, the very best one yet.

Organisers say this is all they could hope for in memory of its founder Phillip Martin, proprietor of The Crown Hotel, who sadly passed away last November.

Headliners this year include Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze, hit-makers Dr Feelgood and Climax Blues Band celebrating their 50th year in show business.

Mr Martin’s daughter Abbigail, who has taken over as festival director, said: “Dad booked the headline acts before he passed away but taking over from there was a hard act to follow.

“There’s a huge amount of work that goes into planning an event of this scale but I think he will be proud of the line-up.

“It’s thanks to dad that we have this incredible interest from high-calibre bands. After 22 years, the festival reputation is held in such high regard, they contact us hoping to take part.

“It means we have the pick of some of the best musical talent the country has to offer.”

Abigail added: “This year the buzz began as soon as we unveiled the programme on social media. The feed-back has been fantastic and enquiries are coming thick and fast.”

Squeeze frontman Glenn will get things underway on Thursday 29th March with a solo performance (including support from Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham of Nine Below Zero) at Nantwich Civic Hall.

Friday sees two local artists perform with indie-folk songstress Thea Gilmore at The Civic and a special performance by Both Sides Now at The Crown Hotel who present a homage to the Joni Mitchell Songbook.

There’s a triple bill of blues at The Civic on the Saturday with the Climax Blues Band, Dr Feelgood and Walklate and Fuschi.

Weekend highlights also include high-energy performances by festival favourites Vavoom and Jive Aces.

Most pubs, bars and restaurants across town will host live performances including: Harrisons, The Studio, Cheshire Cat, Firenze, Nakatcha and Street.

Other venues include: The Red Cow, The White Horse,  The Malbank, The Talbot, The Bowling Green and Residence Restaurant and Bar.

New for 2018 is Local Live Music, showcasing up and coming musicians of all ages on the town square. They will fill the town with music on Easter Sunday, with musicians being invited to apply now for their 15-minute slot.

The Bank Stage also returns to its spot on Bowers Row carpark giving a full line-up of open air performances on both Saturday and Sunday.

Abbigail concluded: “My father had a huge passion for music and Nantwich, with 22 years of the festival organising under his belt.

“This is his legacy. It was always his dream for the festival to live on and continue, so I am immensely excited to fulfil his dream.”

For a full round-up of performances, please pick up a brochure from local outlets or visit:

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