Following the release of her third album - a remake of Billie Holiday’s iconic Lady Sings The Blues – X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson is headlining Watford’s Big Summer Sounds on Sunday 17 May.
The one-day jazz and folk music event runs from 1pm-9.30pm on The Parade by the pond and kicks off the new series of Big Events. Joining Rebecca Ferguson is a range of talented acts, including some well-loved favourites on the folk and jazz circuits, while others are fresh-faced and up-and-coming.
To top it all off, the outdoor event is absolutely free. So pack a picnic, kick the kids off the consoles and head to Big Summer Sounds!
Head of Culture and Play Gary Oliver said: “We’re delighted that such a massive talent like Rebecca Ferguson is coming to Watford to kick off our new Big Events. It’s wonderful that residents can see such a huge performer for free in the heart of their town. Big Summer Sounds brings together local and national talent and is a fantastic celebration of our commitment to culture and the arts.”
Rebecca Ferguson’s 2010 debut album Heaven was released to overwhelming critical acclaim and went on to sell a million copies. Critics have compared her incredible voice to Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Macy Gray, with The Times saying that her debut “scaled the heights of Dusty Springfield’s career high ‘Dusty in Memphis'”.
Big Summer Sounds is part of the Watford Big Event series, a programme of cultural events provided by Watford Borough Council and Watford Palace Theatre
Big Summer Sounds has been produced by Watford Borough Council in association with Watford Palace Theatre.
The full line-up is:
1pm - Apple of my Eye
2.15pm - Watford Folk Club
3.15pm - Soothsayers
4pm - Midnight Trio
6pm - The Jive Aces
7.15pm - Ronnie Scott's All Stars
8.15pm - Rebecca Ferguson
The next event in the Watford Big Events series will be The Big Festival, taking place from 19 June – 5 July. This summer local will meet global as two of Watford’s biggest arts festivals, Watford Live and Imagine Watford, come together alongside a weekend offering from Watford Colosseum for 17 days of extraordinary live experiences.