Reading Real Ale & Jazz Festival launches X Factor style competition to find new talent

By Reading Hockey Club • Feb 3rd, 2014 • Category: Events, Home Page, News

The Reading Real Ale & Jazz Festival returns to the banks of the River Thames on 17, 18 and 19 July this year.

Today the organisers are launching a competition to find fresh new talent for one lucky jazz band or performer, to have the chance to play live at the festival.

Anyone over the age of 18, playing any form of jazz can upload a video as their audition performance to YouTube and then Facebook (, or tweet (@RdgRealAleJazz).

The competition closes Saturday 22nd March 2014. All video entries will be judged by a panel including festival organisers and established local jazz groups. Five entrants will be selected and invited to a special evening to perform live in front of an audience and the judges. At the end of the evening the winner will be relieved.

Barry Jukes, organiser of the Festival said “This is such a fantastic opportunity for any jazz newcomer bands to get noticed and to perform at the areas longest running jazz music festival. Not only will they get to perform in front of thousands, but they will also get all the media attention and publicity“.

Anyone interested in entering can find out more information by visiting the festival’s brand new website As well as the new website, today organisers have unveiled the brand new logo for this year’s festival.
This is now the 27th year of the festival which is organised by Reading Hockey Club to help raise funds for the club to put back into to sport locally.

Details to purchase tickets and further information about this year’s line-up, can be found on the festivals new website.

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