The faint murmur of a saxophone accompanied by the rhythmic crash of a cymbal, echoes through the historic streets of Royal Tunbridge Wells. It’s clear to everyone in the know – jazz has officially returned to The Pantiles!
Running in its current format since 2013, this wonderful event has grown to become hugely popular, showcasing some of the country’s very best jazz talents. These music evenings have become a huge draw for fans of the genre and present many benefits for The Pantiles and for Tunbridge Wells as a whole, attracting locals as well as new visitors alike.
Seated, socially distanced & safe
Logistical challenges were overcome when configuring a socially distanced manner in which the event could take place. “It’s as simple and as safe as we can make it” said the event’s organiser, Julian Leefe-Griffiths. The dining is completely outdoors, with seating for up to 500 people. To avoid over-crowding and ensure a controlled environment, the event is reservation only.
“We will have sanitising stations at each entrance and the area has marshalled barriers to make sure it’s super organised.”
– Julian Leefe-Griffiths
All guests will be asked to remain seated during the concert – therefore, as tempting as it may be; standing up to dance is unfortunately not an option. In coherence with the Government’s recent announcements – tables are available for a maximum of six people.
Food & Music
The Tunbridge Wells Hotel, The Kirthon Indian and La Casa Vecchia are all participating. From authentic Bangladeshi food, to Mediterranean delights; this delectable variety of cuisines create the ultimate alfresco dining experience.
In early September, The Pantiles’ bandstand saw the talents of Dave Ital – a seasoned jazz musician who has previously performed with icons ranging from Beyoncé to Tom Jones and Bryan Ferry. The week before last, a variety of incredible musicians took to the stage including; vocalist Tina May, saxophonist Simon Spillett, drummer Winston Clifford, bassist Simon Thorpe and pianist Rob Barron.
Made possible by…
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government’s lockdown measures imposed earlier this year – 2020’s jazz event initially looked unlikely. Thankfully, Jazz on The Pantiles was helped back on its feet by the following fantastic companies:
Dandara New Homes – A business responsible for inspiring developments at Knights Park and the current construction of The Pantiles 1887.
Thomson Snell & Passmore – Royal Tunbridge Wells’ most established law firm, operating since 1570.
Royal Tunbridge Wells Together – A local business improvement group, whose aim is to reinforce Tunbridge Wells’ reputation as a town of substance and economic importance in the region. They have been invaluable in helping companies through this difficult time.
NFU Mutual Insurance – A leading provider of insurance, pensions and investments, with an office located on Tunbridge Wells’ high street.
Targetfollow – Emerging from the COVID-19 lockdown, we recognise that by supporting Jazz on The Pantiles, we are able to reinstate consumer confidence, build momentum and drive footfall to our asset. It is also a great opportunity to work closely with our tenants and help them prosper after a difficult few months.