Hosted by Jazz Scotland, the Lockerbie Jazz Festival is a three day extravaganza bringing the colourful sounds of jazz music to venues across the Scottish town. A programme of events that includes participatory workshops and live performances from a range of artists, Lockerbie Jazz Festival 2014 unleashes its Scottish soul from the 26th to the 28th of September this year.
Whilst the line-up for this year’s Lockerbie Jazz Festival is yet to be officially announced the standard of acts in previous years is a testament to what 2014 will bring. Artists to appear in 2013 included soul diva Ruby Turner, the Jamaican born distinctive voice known for her outstanding performances with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and American Jazz legend Kyle Eastwood, son of Hollywood action hero Clint Eastwood. Another highlight to return to this year’s festival will be the Take Five programme, featuring five hours of jazz music and dance acts over three stages located in the town centre. Whether your taste lies with big band, soul, traditional or contemporary jazz there is something on offer for everyone with a mix of international superstars, local favourites and community groups. To keep up with the latest information on this year’s programme visit the Lockerbie Jazz Festival Facebook page or the official website at www.lockerbiejazz.com.
Lockerbie is a small rural town located in Dumfries and Galloway in the Scottish Southern Uplands. Resting amongst stunning Scottish scenery, it’s location on an ancient trading route has also left the town surrounded by points of historical interest. Stone circles at Whitcastle and the site of an iron aged fort at Burnswark make for a pleasant cultural tour of the area. The ruins of Lochmaben Castle hark back to the areas heritage whilst the nearby Drumlanrig Castle offers a fantastic family day out in its stunning grounds and red sandstone castle walls. Despite its small stature, the town of Lockerbie also offers a range of dining options with quaint restaurants and a host of wonderfully traditional public houses. For those wishing to explore further afield, Lockerbie’s location is perfect for access to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, each reachable by train in an hour and an hour and a half by car.
Outdoor activities abound in and around the town of Lockerbie. For the golf fanatic, there are 10 courses situated within a 30 minute drive whilst anglers can enjoy a day’s fishing at many of the surrounding waterways. The Scottish Uplands provide the perfect location for walking, hiking and cycling and opportunities for horse riding and quad biking are also available. For more information on Lockerbie and its amenities visit www.allaboutlockerbie.com.