Founder of Original Ealing Jazz Festival to Hold Rival Event
Dick Esmond condemns 'destruction' of thirty year old festival he established
A new jazz event is to take place in Ealing this month organised by the founder of the original Ealing Jazz Festival.
Dick Esmond established the Ealing Jazz Festival over 30 years ago and had programmed and compered it until the changes made this year by Ealing Council. He says that the new festival has been set up following cuts and a change of ethos to the event and in response to demand from local enthusiasts and musicians in the area.
This new festival has been organised at short notice and will take place on Sunday 21 August at the Drayton Court Hotel in Ealing. While just for one day in 2016, plans are afoot to expand it to a three day event from 2017.
Critics of the Council-run festival have been unhappy with the reduction from 5 days to 2, a big increase in ticket prices, poor advertising of the event plus a move away from the largely locally-led bands that had previously made up much of the line-up. In addition there was annoyance at the shift in artistic direction away from jazz with, for instance, a reggae act headlining on the final Sunday. It is claimed these changes were all made by the Council without consultation with Mr Esmond, the public or the many musicians who have appeared at the festival over the years
· Andrew Butcher and Butchers Brew
Admission is free. The performance will be in the large pub garden but inside if weather is bad. The pub will be running an outdoor bar, BBQ and hog roast.
August 9, 2016