Tragically Cancelled: 2020 Fest Jazz Châteauneuf-du-Faou

It is with huge regret that Trevor Stent needed to request Jazz&Jazz to post this announcement.

Just to tell you all that we have decided to cancel Fest Jazz 2020 in Brittany. The situation is just too uncertain to risk it.  All the other festivals in July in the region have been cancelled and even if the festival was allowed to take place, they will almost certainly insist on everyone wearing masks and standing 2m apart, which is not exactly the kind of atmosphere we want!

  It’s possible too that older people won’t be allowed to be present which would mean a) we’d lose a lot of ticket money and b) I wouldn’t be allowed to attend (I’d be really fed up!).  So rather than take a huge risk financially we have decided to cancel now rather than risk financial meltdown and lose the festival in the future.  The transport/entry situation into France for UK people is also uncertain! Information concerning the repayment of tickets will be published soon on our website. 

This has been a terrible disappointment for everybody.  We’ve had to lay off our young, paid assistants which is really sad but hopefully we can bounce back next year . 

The dates will be  23rd – 25th July 2021.  Be sure to put it in your diaries!”

Trevor Stent

“We Shall Overcome!”
Coronavirus is a global problem. Jazz is a global music and it will survive … we will certainly do our best to soldier on and hopefully get through this current problem, which to say the least, ain’t going to be easy … festival and club cancellations, musicians with no gigs … Altogether now, let’s hear you … WE SHALL OVERCOME!”
Just Jazz Editorial May 2020

And so we must! Because otherwise
here is what we stand to miss:

First recorded by composer Sam Morgan in New Orleans way back in 1927 and performed here by Trevor Stent’s Good Time Jazz Band at Fest Jazz 2018, Chateauneuf Du-Foau. Shake’Em Up Jazz Band’s brilliant young clarinetist Chloe Feoranzo shared the stage.

“Until We Meet Again!”
Periodically I will feature Jazz&Jazz YouTube selections filmed at earlier Fest Jazz Festivals

Peter M Butler

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

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