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What’s On: Jazz by the Sea Festival



Calling all jazz lovers! Bournemouth’s Jazz by the Sea Festival is back for its fifth year and you can expect it to be bigger than ever…

Back by popular demand, the Jazz by the Sea Festival is returning to Bournemouth for June 2019. This time around, the festival has partnered up with St Peter’s Church to showcase a variety of performers, with free sessions on offer every afternoon.

The week-long festival will also be bringing a host of exciting, regional jazz talent to Bournemouth at venues including Chaplin’s Bar and Flirt Café, with more set to be announced over the coming weeks.

For jazz fans looking to get involved in this year’s festival, here are the current announced dates and venues worth remembering:


Where: Flirt Café Bar, 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RG.

Kicking off this year’s festival, Zoot Money and his Big Roll Band will bring their entrancing, soulful performance to the Flirt Café Bar. Described as one of the biggest characters in jazz since the 1960s, Zoot Money will be returning to his roots; growing up in Bournemouth before moving to the US in the late ’60s. Expect a full-throttle performance by a man who has worked with luminaries such as The Animals, Humble Pie and Mick Taylor. Definitely one not to miss.

Interested in this event? You can buy tickets, here.


Where: Flirt Café Bar, 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RG.

Jazz with a twist. Combining a mix of samples and electronica beats entwined with old-school jazz, Revolution Club are an electrifying musical Frankenstein. Consisting of four seasoned musicians, the band are right at the forefront of the Nu-Jazz genre. For those looking for something new and interesting, these guys are certainly worth checking out.

Interested in this event? Find out more on the Jazz by the Sea website or claim your free ticket, here.


Where: Flirt Café Bar, 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RG.

A cool, sophisticated jazz cover-band fronted by the talented Rachel More. Expect to see classy covers of jazz and swing classics by genre icons including Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Doors open at 6pm.

Interested in this event? Make sure to claim your free ticket, here.


Where: Flirt Café Bar, 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RG.

Bournemouth local four-piece, Scared of Jazz, commemorate that classic sound of the ’50s and ’60s in their ever-so-sweet blending of jazz, rhythm and blues. Each member is experienced, featuring in numerous bands and cover acts in recent years. For a more seasoned, old-school musical venture, look no further. Drinks and food will also be available throughout the night.

Interested in this event? Make sure to claim your free ticket here.

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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