Ginger Baker performs in Walthamstow

Published 19 Feb 2019 by Owen

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The first ever Walthamstow Jazz Festival was a huge success.

The sold out event welcomed music lovers from across the borough and beyond to Walthamstow Assembly Hall for a night of musical exploration. 

Sam Hunt, Creative Director of London Borough of Culture 2019, said “It has been great to see so many people embracing a brand new festival here in Waltham Forest. The promoters, Bryd Out, have done an amazing job presenting a line-up that includes both jazz legends and new artists at the cutting edge of the genre. I can’t wait for next year.”

The legendary Ginger Baker headlined the festival wowing the crowds and was joined on stage by another legend in the form of Tony Allen.

Walthamstow Jazz FestivalNewer acts such as Pyjean held their own on the main stage alongside established acts like Thurston Moore. The eclectic line-up celebrated the broad spectrum of jazz and offered the chance for audiences to delve deep into the genre. Organiser Stephen Vitkovich said "I'm really pleased with how the varied programme was received, and with the atmosphere on the day. Getting legendary artists back to Walthamstow Assembly Hall, as well as emerging talents was a real pleasure - and hopefully, we can put on an even better festival next year!"

More music is on the way as part of the London Borough of Culture 2019 with another sold out event. Africa Express: The Circus rolls into town on Friday 29 March and will bring acts from across the globe for a celebration of unity in Leytonstone.