Friday, 20th July - Sunday, 22nd July
Bands and performers from across Europe descended on the town centre for the Solihull ‘Sort Of’ Jazz Festival.
A total of 17 venues, including the Mell Square stage, saw standing-room only between Friday, July 20 and Sunday, July 22, for the family-friendly festival, which is delivered by Solihull BID, the Business Improvement District for the town centre.
But it wasn’t just the town centre’s pubs and bars hosting gigs, with performances in John Lewis and Sevenoaks Sound & Vision, among others. Bands from as far afield as Hungary (Budapest Ragtime Orchestra) played their part, with Midlands acts also entertaining the crowds.
Chickenbone John kicked off the Solihull section of the Festival on Friday afternoon at Boston Tea Party, while the USA ’s Brooks Williams was the final act on Sunday at the Masons Arms. All of the stage performers proved popular with favourites Ricky Cool and The In Crowd managing to beat the one spot of rain on Friday afternoon.
The Continental Street Market provided a great choice of food and drink during the festival with varied culinary options from across Europe supporting the eclectic selection of music.