'Barry & Vale Jazz & Blues' concept began in Summer 2014. When a group of likeminded folk came together with a love for live music and the Barry and Vale Community and as easy as that, the Weekend was born.
We wanted to bring a variety genre music festival that was free to attend to all, to the Barry & Vale area. After a mind blowingly successful inaugural event, planning quickly started for second Weekend festival, going right down to the wire in terms of funding and promoting, occasionally looking like it may not even happen, but it did and was very successful despite the harsh weather. Having had two successful festival weekends, it was decided to continue the event again this year.
Planning commenced and we really are spoilt for choice in terms of local, national and international talent getting in touch with us to play. It seems we’ve a good reputation and seek a solid independent sponsor on our side, so we really can make this little Festival a sought after date on the UK Jazz calendar, putting Barry, as a place of interest on the Jazz map.
The team now has just one full time member, with the help of likeminded people, along with friends and family. So please remember that every Like, Share or Retweet really does mean a lot. We want this to work for Barry and the local community, it’s a case of ‘use it or lose it’ going forward.
Plea aside, we are all really looking forward to this, our third event from 19th - 21st May 2017, although smaller than previous years, we’ve managed to stretch the budget as far as we can and hope you fully enjoy the varied artists who will be performing.
We are already planning 2018 to ensure our budget is set way ahead of time, and looking for sponsors now, so we can look at booking some key artists for next year by the end of 2017.