Bute jazz fest ‘100 per cent on’ in 2016

The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival will go ahead as usual in 2016, despite the closure of its main venue, Rothesay Pavilion, for refurbishment. This pic shows the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six on the Pavilion stage at the 2015 event.
The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival will go ahead as usual in 2016, despite the closure of its main venue, Rothesay Pavilion, for refurbishment. This pic shows the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six on the Pavilion stage at the 2015 event.

The chairman of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival has brushed off suggestions that the forthcoming closure of Rothesay Pavilion will force the cancellation of the festival next year.

The Pavilion, the main venue for the festival since it was established in 1988, will close at the end of September for major regeneration work worth more than £8 million and due to last until the summer of 2017 - forcing all the building’s regular users to seek alternative homes for their events.

But festival chair Tim Saul said: “I am afraid it’s the Rothesay rumour mill doing overtime again and it is completely untrue.

“I can state with one hundred per cent certainty that the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival will be staged next year.”

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