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THOUSANDS of music fans and revellers hit South Cheshire over the Easter Weekend to enjoy the 17th annual Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival.

The town was buzzing throughout the weekend as more than 100 acts performed at around a dozen pubs and venues. Big name musicians also did the festival proud, with stellar performances from Courtney Pine, Mike Peters and Shakatak in particular.

And there was also some free live entertainment in the town square from local act Blozone and festival favourites The Jive Aces while local dance groups were invited to get involved too.

Organiser Phil Martin described the festival as his ‘most enjoyable yet’ and pointed to the high quality of the acts on display as making this year’s offering one of the best ever. He said:

“We’ve had fantastic feedback on Facebook and Twitter about the festival. Everyone around the town seemed happy and we’ve had no negative feedback from the police.

“Courtney Pine is possibly the best musician we’ve ever had to the festival – you have to be a jazz fan to listen to two hours of him but he’s just incredible.

“And the Jive Aces on Easter Monday was a marvellous show. They’d said they were only going to do an hour because of the cold weather, but in the end we had to drag them off stage!”

The Easter Monday again provided a focus for families, with a special event held at The Residence with a bouncy castle, Disney characters and more. But Mr Martin did add he was disappointed, as with last year, that some pubs did not apply the wristband system on the day for the last few gigs of the festival.

He added:

“A few people told me they weren’t asked to show wristbands and that’s disappointing.

“It costs a significant amount of money to stage the Easter Monday events and we may have to look at a different way of making it work.”