Nantwich Jazz, Blue and Music Festival 2018


Article and images by Jonathan White


The 22nd Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival takes place over the Easter weekend.

Organisers expect over 40,000 people to attend the festival during its five day period (Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April 2018) with more than 150 solo performers and bands at venues across the town over the bank holiday weekend.

Entry to the majority of the festival pub gigs is via a wristband. Musical genres include jazz, blues, swing, pop and rock.

Headline acts include Glenn Tilbrook (ex-Squeeze member), Thea Gilmore, Dr Feelgood, The Climax Blues Band, Vavoom and Jive Aces.

Electronica tribute band ‘Electro 80s‘ performed on the opening night at The Studio.

Their concert took place in front of a capacity audience.

Electro 80s performed a two-hour set recreating songs by artists including Gary Numan, OMD, A Flock Of Seagulls, Tears for Fears, Visage, Kraftwerk, Howard Jones and Depeche Mode.

Nigel Woodhouse, Director of Operations at The Studio said: “It was great to have Electro 80s back again this year.

“It was good to have so many people reliving their youth to the unmistakable electronic sounds of the ‘80s. We hope that visitors enjoy the numerous bands we have on offer over the weekend.”

The Railway Hotel on Pillory Street will provide their own ‘Keep Music Live Festival’ of live entertainment over the Easter weekend, with free entry to all events.

The festival is projected to inject over £1 million into the town’s economy.