It's a jazzy event!
By TanyaSmith | Monday, August 30, 2010, 10:43
Showing my support for the local events, I was at the Hampton Court Beer and Jazz Festival yesterday, and if you are wondering how to finish off your bank holiday weekend on a high note I hope this review will help!
It's Tony Hadley, I promise!!
Sadly the event is not actually held within the palace grounds anymore, instead it is in the big playing field across the road. Although this created a real festival feel, it was a pity we didn't have the palace as our backdrop.
We arrived mid afternoon and it was not very busy. I'm sure the weather had a part to play, but it was lacking atmosphere. However, as the day moved on more people filled the space and it was a really good day.
The field was outlined with a variety of beer tents serving some strange combinations such as chocolate beer, but there were plenty of ales and ciders to experiment.
One highlight was actually the food stalls, and even though it was "fast food" e.g. fish and chips, burgers and nachos, it was actually very good. We had lamb and mint burgers at £5 so not the cheapest, but the food tasted fresh!
The music was OK, but for most of the afternoon it was very quiet and chilled which was ok for a little while but it needed more energy.
The highlight came around 9pm with Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet performing some classic hits. Today's headline act is the Brand New Heavies, who I am sure will be brilliant.
It was a great day out, but it would have been a lot better if the weather was warmer as it got very chilly later on, and if they had made the music more of a feature.
With tickets at £20 it's not exactly cheap, but it's a nice way to experience the "festival" vibe without the madness!