Saturday, June 15, 12 noon-9pm.
CHI-FEST, CHICHESTER COLLEGE, WESTGATE FIELDS, CHICHESTER, PO19 1SB.
Chichester College comes to life with nine hours of live music. A host of bands are set to perform, showcasing the talents of students (past and present) as well as local groups, musicians and performers. ChiFest is a fantastic, free family day out, with lots to keep the kids entertained. Free admission. Disabled access.
Saturday, June 15, 6.30pm; Sunday, Jun 23, 6.30pm; Saturday, July 13, 6.30pm; Sunday, July 14, 6.30pm.
GUITARS IN THE GARDEN, WEST DEAN GARDENS RESTAURANT, PO18 0RX.
Guitars in the Garden play café music, genre from Bach to Blues, Django to contemporary, which is interspersed with voice. The venue is the lovely restaurant garden of West Dean, with beautiful views of the Downs. The restaurant will be open for food and drink. Tickets £8. Disabled access.
Saturday, June 15, 7.30pm.
MONARCHY – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO QUEEN, ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.
Calling all Queen fans. Monarchy, the ultimate tribute to Queen, your chance to re-live the magic of Queen with this most authentic band, all of whose members are Queen Fan Club enthusiasts. Undoubtedly, the definitive tribute to Queen and Freddie is bound to wow you. Tickets £20. Disabled access.
Saturday, June 15, 8pm.
SIMPLY DAN! THE MUSIC OF STEELY DAN, THE CHICHESTER INN, 38 WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 3RP.
Steely Dan were one of the most iconic bands of all time, revered for their musicianship and song-writing prowess. Simply Dan offer a one-off chance to experience Steely Dan’s seminal album AJA live plus back catalogue of hits. Don’t miss this great night out! Support: Ruby & The Acoustic Stone. Tickets £18 in advance, £22 on the door. Disabled access.
Sunday, June 16, 7.30pm.
A MEDITERRANEAN SERENADE BY PLASTIKES KAREKLES, ST JOHN’S CHAPEL, ST JOHN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UR.
This internationally-acclaimed Greek bouzouki band is well loved in Chichester. They return to St John’s Chapel after a spectacular event at Halnaker in 2018. They bring traditional and rebetiko songs from their vast repertoire: songs of simple situations, sad or happy moments, pain, poverty and exile. Tickets £12; students £8; children £5 for over six years. Disabled access.
Tuesday, June 18, 1pm.
FROM BACH TO THE AMAZON, EMILY BURRIDGE, ST JOHN’S CHAPEL, ST JOHN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UR.
From Bach to the Amazon is an innovative solo cello concert by the virtuoso cellist Emily Burridge. The programme takes the audience on a musical journey beginning with movements from the G major suite by J S Bach and then she recreates her compositions from the double CD release Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon. Tickets £10; seniors £8; students £8; children £5. Disabled access.
Thursday, June 20, 7.30pm.
LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES: THE SONGS, BLAKEFEST, ST JOHN’S CHAPEL, ST JOHN’S STREET, PO19 1UR.
The internationally-acclaimed author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernières returns to the Festival after sell-out shows last summer. This year he entertains with his highly-original, moving and inspiring songs in a programme of words and music. With support from jazz/poetry duo Jamie Leeming (guitar) and Barry Smith (words). Tickets £12; students £10. Disabled access.
Friday, June 21, 7.30pm.
THE ED GOODALE BAND, OXMARKET GALLERY, ST ANDREW’S COURT, EAST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1YH.
Ed Goodale returns to the Festival of Chichester having toured his infectious brand of folk rock throughout the UK and Europe. With brother Ollie on percussion and a brace of Steves on guitar, Ed’s band are building a fast-growing following, and an energetic fun evening is a certainty. Tickets £10; seniors £7.50; students £7.50; children £7.50. Disabled access.
Friday, June 21, 8pm.
RUBY & THE REVELATORS, THE CHICHESTER INN, 38 WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RP.
If you like your soul music smoking hot and your blues straight from the heart, do not miss this! Described as a must-see live act, local chanteuse Ruby is a regular on the UK’s blues and soul circuit. With a number of new releases lined up, 2019 is certainly shaping up to be their best yet. Tickets £12; seniors £10; students £10. Disabled access.
Saturday, June 22, 7.30pm.
Come and see a magical laser show accompanying an array of Pink Floyd music with great guitar riffs and a fine tribute to the song-writing talent of such an iconic band. A psychedelic feast to savour! Tickets £20. Disabled access.
Saturday, June 22, 7.30pm.
SONGS FROM IRELAND, ISOSCELES, ST JOHN’S CHAPEL, ST JOHN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UR.
Now, the clue is in the title. Irish-born Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden return to the Festival for the sixth time with songs and chat in a warm, relaxed evening. Songs from Christy Moore, Van Morrison, Mary Black, The Fureys, Val Doonican and many more. “Almost brilliant” (Irish Times). Tickets £13; seniors £11; students £11; children £11. Disabled access.
Saturday, June 22, 8.30pm.
PHAT LICK AT THE HAVANA – HIGH ENERGY FUNK AND SOUL CLASSICS, LA HAVANA BAR, 3 LITTLE LONDON, CHICHESTER, PO19 1PH.
Debi Dryer (vocals) is joined by the hugely-talented Rich Carter on drums, Gareth Sidwell (bass) and Bradley Jordan (keys) in a seven-piece line-up that delivers a unique mix of funky grooves, phat licks and pulsating dance tunes to help you remember what Saturday nights are for. Tickets £5. No disabled access.
Sunday, June 23, 8pm.
EDUARDO NIEBLA EXPERIENCE, ROOTS AROUND THE WORLD, ST JOHN’S CHAPEL, ST JOHN’S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UR.
Popular demand brings formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and master Eduardo Niebla, back to Chichester. Continually seeking out new musical terrain, he has traversed the worlds of jazz, classical, world and pop music. Tonight Eduardo presents a stunning repertoire, brilliantly accompanied by Matthew Robinson (guitar) and Dharmesh Parmar (tabla). Tickets £17; students £10; children £10. Disabled access.
Tuesday, June 25, 12 noon-2pm.
FOLK IN THE CAFÉ WITH PETE COE, BRICK KILN GARDEN CENTRE, BOGNOR ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO20 1EJ.
Pete Coe has been one of the best-known, popular and respected performers on the national folk scene for over four decades. An extraordinary singer and collector of songs, musician and arranger, step dancer and stage performer, Pete is indeed a one-man folk industry. Come along to enjoy a wonderful concert from a master of the genre. Admission free. Booking advisable on 01243 756170 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Disabled access.
Tuesday, June 25, 7.30pm.
POETRY & JAZZ CAFÉ WITH SEAN O’BRIEN, EDES HOUSE, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RW.
Acclaimed poet Sean O’Brien and jazz stars the Dream Duo, with Julian Stringle and Dominic Ashworth on clarinet and guitar, entertain and inspire. Sean will read from his T S Eliot-award nominated new collection, Europa. Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music with complimentary home-made cake in the splendid setting of grade I listed Edes House. Tickets £15. Disabled access.
Friday, June 28, 7.30pm.
THE MUSIC OF LOVE IN THE HARBOUR BY DANIELLE MORGAN/JOHN MERRIGAN, FATDAN PRODUCTIONS, THE OXMARKET GALLERY, OFF EAST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1YH.
A special evening featuring the music and soundtrack from the critically-acclaimed play Love in the Harbour written by renowned singer/songwriter Danielle Morgan and John Merrigan, performed live by an ensemble in an intimate setting. Tickets £12; concessions £8; children under 12 free. Disabled access.
Friday, June 28, 7.30pm.
PHOENIX BIG BAND – EVENING OF MUSIC AND DANCING, CHICHESTER ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.
The Phoenix Big Band returns this year to bring you another wonderful evening of big-band music and ballroom dancing. Put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to be entertained with a wide range of wonderful tunes from the ages. Ball gowns and bow ties optional. Tickets £12.50. Disabled access.
Friday, June 28, 7.45pm.
ALAN BARNES AND BRUCE ADAMS SEXTET, CHICHESTER JAZZ CLUB, THE PALLANT SUITE, FREEMASON’S HALL, 7 SOUTH PALLANT, CHICHESTER, PO19 1SY.
The always-popular Alan Barnes brings his swinging sextet to the CJC. The repertoire is wide ranging and varied with classics, originals and standards. The three-horn front line allows for interesting arranging and writing which will emphasise the band’s conviction that jazz is a branch of the entertainment industry. Tickets £15. Disabled access.
Friday, June 28, 8pm.
THE MUSIC OF GEORGE HARRISON LIVE, THE ALL THINGS MUST PASS ORCHESTRA, ALEXANDRA THEATRE (REGIS CENTRE), BOGNOR REGIS, PO21 1BL.
A fantastic ten-piece band dedicated to the Quiet Beatle’s work. George Harrison wrote some of The Beatles’ most beautiful songs (Something, Here Comes The Sun, etc), but he continued to write great music during his solo career (My Sweet Lord etc) on 12 studio albums. A real treat, not just for Beatles fans! Tickets £15; seniors £13; students £13; children £13. Disabled access.
Saturday, June 29, 10.30am-1pm.
OVATION MUSIC – OPEN MORNING, CHICHESTER COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, PO19 1SB.
Ovation Music is a non-profit organisation providing music sessions and live performance opportunities for children and young people, encouraging creativity, teamwork and a positive outlook. Come and see what we get up to on Saturday mornings. Admission free. No disabled access.
Saturday, June 29, 7.30pm.
THE ALTER EAGLES, CHICHESTER ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.
Back in Chichester and playing many of the band’s greatest hits whilst showcasing the Eagles’ trademark duelling electric guitars. A wonderfully-dynamic group with excellent harmonies and a great musical experience for the connoisseur – one not to be missed. One of These Nights to think about Hotel California! Tickets £20. Disabled access.
Saturday, June 29, 7.30pm.
DOUBLE BILL, GEOFF ROBB AND ROB JOHNSTON, THE JUBILEE HALL, NEW PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY.
A unique double bill of two remarkable guitarists. Geoff Robb (winner of the music prize, Brighton Fringe Festival 2018) is a classically-trained player of superb skill and creativity. Rob Johnston builds on his own classical background with a brilliant individual style including live looping technology and guitar percussion. Tickets £12; seniors £10; students £10; children £6. Disabled access.
Saturday, July 6, 7.30pm.
JOHN LAW CLASSICAL/JAZZ FUSION AND INTERPRETATION, OXMARKET GALLERY, ST ANDREW’S COURT, OFF EAST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1YH.
“One of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists” (International Piano Magazine) presenting original compositions and new versions of tunes from the jazz repertoire, merging classical sensitivity and form with jazz harmonies and rhythm. Performed in the paintings and prints exhibition by Catherine Barnes and Daphne Casdagli. Tickets £12; students free at the door. Disabled access.
Tuesday, July 9, 12 noon-2pm.
JAZZ IN THE CAFÉ WITH NIGEL PRICE, BRICK KILN GARDEN CENTRE, BOGNOR ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO20 1EJ.
Award-winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged for his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and mastery of chording. Performing here at Brick Kiln Garden Centre: Nigel Price (guitar) and Vasillise Xenopulo (sax) with Oz Dechanie (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums). Admission free. Booking advisable on 01243 756170 or email@example.com. Disabled access.
Tuesday, July 9, 4.30pm.
GUITARS IN THE GARDEN, ST MARTIN’S ORGANIC COFFEE HOUSE, CHICHESTER, PO19 1NP.
Guitars in the Garden play café music, a genre from Bach to blues, Django to contemporary, which is often interspersed with improvisation. Venue is the walled garden of St Martin’s Café. Tickets include a free hot drink. Tickets £8. Disabled access.
Thursday, July 11, 8pm.
CELLOPHANE FLOWERS – THE BEATLES REVISITED, PALLANT SUITE, CHICHESTER, PO19 1SY.
A trio of experienced musicians interpreting The Beatles’ work in a new, refreshing way focussing on the vocals, accompanied by only one guitar. Guitarist/singer Alex Eberhard joins forces with supreme vocalists Lucy Pickering and Rachel Myer to explore the Lennon/McCartney catalogue’s vocal possibilities. A musical journey from A Hard Day’s Night to Because and Here Comes The Sun. Tickets £12; seniors £10; students £10; children £10. Disabled access.
Friday, July 12, 7.30pm.
ABBA’S ANGELS, ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.
Get ready to reminisce and tap your toes to Abba’s Angels performing Abba’s greatest hits with great gusto. Authentic costumes and choreographed dance routines transport you to the Abba era. Let out your inner Dancing Queen and treat yourself to a night to remember. Tickets £20. Disabled access.
Saturday, July 13, 7.30pm.
THE ROLLING TONES, ASSEMBLY ROOM, NORTH STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1LQ.
Travel back in time to the heyday of the 1960s and 1970s and revel in this authentic tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones playing the hits that shook the establishment and made them so unique. Remember, it’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll and you will like it, like it. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Sunday, July 14, 3pm (entry and picnics from 1.30pm).
MARY ANN KENNEDY: GLASCHU, AMICI CONCERTS, HALNAKER PARK COTTAGE, FAR END OF PARK LANE, HALNAKER, NEAR CHICHESTER, PO18 0QH.
Glasgow Gael Mary Ann Kennedy was brought up surrounded by music. A multi award-winning musician, singer, writer and producer, she’s joined by long-time musical partner-in-crime, Finlay Wells on guitar, bringing to life the real people, places and stories of her Gaelic songs. Her new album Glaschu is released on ARC Music. Tickets £17 (£18.50 on the door) including glass of wine; under 25 years £10; under 18 years free at the gate if dry weather. Disabled access.