Inaugural Cronulla Jazz and Blues Festival a hot ticket for the start of winter

Ray Beadle will perform at the Cronulla festival. Picture: Facebook
Ray Beadle will perform at the Cronulla festival. Picture: Facebook

The streets and parks of Cronulla will come alive with an inaugural jazz and blues festival, featuring some of Australia's top talent.

For three days, Friday to Sunday June 4-6, there will be live performances, market stalls and kerb-side retail, free screenings at the Hoyts cinema, kids' activities and a record fair.

The Cronulla Jazz and Blues Festival will feature more than 100 established and upcoming acts performing across 12 stages.

Cronulla Chamber of Commerce president Mark Aprilovic said, "After a tough year, we're excited to showcase what Cronulla has to offer".

There will be free entertainment: from street buskers, weekend stage performances in Dunningham Park and Monro Park, ticketed shows at The Brass Monkey and El Sol and a non-ticketed show at the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club.

Festival programmer Geoff Trio said it was exciting to be bringing to Cronulla "a festival of this kind, helping the community and showcasing some amazing Australian talent that is world class".

Mr Trio said "the cream of the Australian jazz, blues and roots scene" would be present.

The lineup includes Ray Beadle, Jade McRae, Mahalia Barnes, Dog Trumpet, The Foreday Riders, Dom Turner's Rural Blues Project, Tracy McNeil, Katie Brianna and Frank Sultana.

Blues act The Foreday Riders, who will be performing on the Dunningham Beach stage, penned the following message:

"As Covid 19 releases its grip on the throat of live music, The Foreday Riders are extremely pleased to be part of the tremendous bill, featuring some of the country's finest acts. We are happy to announce that for this event, Mr Steve Edmonds will be fronting the band, a first for us and not to be missed. Just a tad excited."

Hoyts Cronulla will feature free film screenings across four nights, starting on the eve of the event with a screening of Zappa.

The full Hoyts program is:

Thursday June 3 - 6pm - Zappa

Saturday June 5 - 5pm - Muscle Shoals

Sunday June 6 - 5pm - The Wrecking Crew

There will be free activities for children across the weekend and a special performance at 10am on Sunday June 6, with four times Golden Guitar Country singer-songwriter Amber Lawrence performing her Kids Gone Country show.

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