Pavilion closure no hiccup for Bute jazz fest

The 292 Club in Rothesay will host the opening concert of the 2016 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival: pictured at the same venue last year are the Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band.
The 292 Club in Rothesay will host the opening concert of the 2016 Isle of Bute Jazz Festival: pictured at the same venue last year are the Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band.

The chairman of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival says he’s eagerly anticipating a new-look festival this year and next following the closure of the event’s main venue for refurbishment.

Rothesay Pavilion, the base for the festival since its inception in 1988, closed its doors in September for a two-year renovation now expected to cost around £11 million.

But Tim Saul says the loss of the Pavilion hasn’t presented the festival’s organising committee with any major stumbling blocks.

“We’ll be making more use of existing venues,” Mr Saul told The Buteman.

“We have a couple of things still to tie up, but everything has gone well so far.

“We were thinking about the issue 18 months before the Pavilion closed, unlike some other organisations, and we hope there will be a benefit for other venues in terms of increased food and drink sales.”

The 2016 festival will begin at one of those existing venues - the 292 Club in Rothesay - on Friday, April 29, and will run until the afternoon of Monday, May 2.

See www.butejazz.com for more information on the artists performing at the 2016 festival.