Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival 2016 best yet says Ross Eggleton

Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival 2016 labelled "best yet" by musical director Ross Eggleton. Picture: Robert Peet

Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival 2016 labelled "best yet" by musical director Ross Eggleton. Picture: Robert Peet

Kiama has an “embarrassing problem” according to the musical director of the Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival Ross Eggleton. It has become incredibly popular.

“There’s just too many people in a sense, but we want them to keep coming though,” he laughed.

Mr Eggleton labelled the 2016 event a huge success, so much so that some venues were filled to capacity and had to turn people away.

“Friday night was full everywhere, Saturday night was full everywhere – you couldn’t get a meal in town, the Leagues Club at one stage had to stop people from going upstairs [because it was full]. All over town everything was chockers,” he said.

“[Sunday] at Hindmarsh Park has been brilliant because we had Tommy M and the Mastersounds last ever gig together … there would’ve been 200 people up in front of the stage dancing – it went off!”

For three days more than 75 gigs – some free – were played across 30 venues in what has been described as a key part of the national jazz and blues calendar.

From the centre of town to little cafe’s, musicians gained much attention with traditional and contemporary jazz, folk, country and bluegrass.

“We’ll need to find a few more venues [for 2017], but it’s difficult,” said Mr Eggleton.

To keep updated on more Kiama Jazz and Blues Club events, visit www.kiamajazz.com 

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