An excellent and experienced team is in place to manage the various elements of the Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival.
Our team is enthusiastic and dedicated and have collectively managed and presented an array of very high-profile live music events at various locations within the Southeast of the UK.
Most notably the team manages and presents the Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival which has been established since 2012.
The team have presented numerous acclaimed international artistes which have include Rick Wakeman, Gregory Porter, Dionne Warwick, Jose Feliciano, Sergio Mendes, Curtis Stigers, Beverley Knight, Nigel Kennedy, Corrine Bailey Rae, Paul Carrack, Rumer, Incognito, Mica Paris and countless others.
Ian is a motivated, experienced, and creative producer with over twenty-five years of experience in the music, arts, and entertainment industry. Ian created and launched the Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival in 2022 and with two years of success the festival celebrates its third year in 2024.
Ian is also the Festival Director of the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival which he founded in 2012 and which takes place in the beautiful and historic town of Rye in East Sussex at the end of August each year.
Vicki has over fifteen years of events and marketing experience and combines her experience with her passion for the charitable sector.
She looks after the financial aspects of the festival and provides her knowledge and expertise in marketing and event management. Vicki looks after ticketing and the managing of events during the festival itself.
Kate has an Advanced Diploma in Event Management and has a wealth of experience across a wide area of live music events looking after artiste and sponsors hospitality, coordination, accommodation, and many other aspects.
Kate manages a specialist team and coordinates various aspects of online digital marketing.
Kate is very much an all-rounder and works closely with the festival director to implement new initiatives and programming elements.
Matt has been mixing live music his whole adult life; from touring with bands, organising music festivals, working in stadiums to parish churches and everything in between, he loves every aspect of live music!
Matt heads up the production team for the festival making sure all the artists look and sound their absolute best. Supported by a talented team of technicians Matt is looking forward to another weekend of top tier entertainment in East Devon.
Simon is an experienced music industry professional having been a professional trombone player, record producer and is currently a Doctor of Creative Arts.
His first book, Blank Canvas, has just been released, exploring innovative art school education and its impact on popular musicians. Simon works for Bath Spa University and as an independent academic researcher, and one of Simon’s passions is in collaborative creativity and scene development.
Simon manages and jointly curates the festivals three days of amazing music performances and coordinates our amazing daytime live music stage.
Site Manager – Adam Chudley
Front of House Manager – Alex Dodd
Technical Crew – Paul, Jonti, Tom & Nick
Festival Volunteer Coordinators & Event Managers
Hospitality Managers – Jane Mills and Roma Turner
Official Festival Photographers – Greg Towning, Kt Bruce & Martin Bruce
Festival Telephone: +44(0)333 032 7032