Annual Darlington Jazz Festival hailed a huge success

Durham County Youth Big Band plays at The Forum as part of Darlington Jazz Festival

Mark Nightingale performs with Durham County Youth Big Band

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ORGANISERS have hailed an annual jazz festival as a huge success.

Hundreds of music fans descended on Darlington for the town’s third annual jazz festival this weekend, which saw more than 20 bands perform at three venues - The Forum, in Borough Road; Voodoo Cafe, in Skinnergate, and the Head of Steam museum.

Headline acts Mark Nightingale and The Al Wood Nine played alongside local bands, including the Durham County Youth Big Band and Jazz in my Pants.

The festival has grown every year and showcases talented local musicians, while securing big names in jazz.

It also aims to encourage young people in the region to get involved as listeners, performers and organisers.

It is the first year the event has been held at three venues across the town.

Kirsty Dunn, one of the organisers, said: “It has gone really well, we have had a brilliant weekend.

“It is always good to get local people involved and expand the festival. We have tried new things this year and we will be doing them again next year.

“It is also the first time we have had a website and been on Twitter, which has helped spread the word.”

The event started the annual Darlington Arts Festival, which runs throughout May.

For more information visit darlingtonforculture.org

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7:46pm Sun 27 Apr 14

JBOND007 says...

Great event and really well organised! Some great music and a good mixture of instruments and players. I heard some new stuff that sounded cool. If you did not enjoy it you must be dead! Jazz workshop was interesting and some great playing by up and coming players. Hope it all happens again next year.
Great event and really well organised! Some great music and a good mixture of instruments and players. I heard some new stuff that sounded cool. If you did not enjoy it you must be dead! Jazz workshop was interesting and some great playing by up and coming players. Hope it all happens again next year. JBOND007
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1:32pm Mon 28 Apr 14

noctu says...

I don't want to sound like an old curmudgeon (I'm late 20s so I hope not!!) but this was very loud indeed for nearby residents of the railway museum. I live half a mile away from the museum and yesterday (Sunday) could clearly hear the thud-thud-thud in my house, with all windows - double glazed - shut, AND over my TV with sound system on. I dread to think what it must have been like for all those living in the immediate vicinity, especially as it went on until 9pm.
I'm all for live music and attend gigs often but I don't expect others to be forced to listen to it as well. Did it really have to be *that* loud? Hearing a bass line for hours on end rather spoiled what was meant to be a relaxing Sunday before a day at work.
I don't want to sound like an old curmudgeon (I'm late 20s so I hope not!!) but this was very loud indeed for nearby residents of the railway museum. I live half a mile away from the museum and yesterday (Sunday) could clearly hear the thud-thud-thud in my house, with all windows - double glazed - shut, AND over my TV with sound system on. I dread to think what it must have been like for all those living in the immediate vicinity, especially as it went on until 9pm. I'm all for live music and attend gigs often but I don't expect others to be forced to listen to it as well. Did it really have to be *that* loud? Hearing a bass line for hours on end rather spoiled what was meant to be a relaxing Sunday before a day at work. noctu
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