A unique and intimate outdoor festival concert, celebrating the ‘Best of British Jazz Funk’ headlining one of the most iconic British jazz funk bands Incognito plus Courtney Pine, MF Robots, Snowboy & The Latin Section + more to be announced and guest DJ Bad Mutha Funker.

We are delighted to welcome the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival as they move their August Bank Holiday festival weekend to DLWP’s beachside South Lawn.  The move will ensure the safety of the audience and artists enabling a limited capacity and ensure a Covid-safe environment.

  • Gates 1pm
  • End 10.30pm

On the South Lawns

  • £66
  • 5 – 16 year olds £31
  • Children Under 5 are eligible for free event passes, please contact the Box Office for information here: boxoffice@dlwp.com

Under 16s must be accompanied with an adult.

An incredible all-day line up of the finest British Jazz and Funk artists at an iconic beachfront setting. Tickets will be in high demand and there is only a limited amount available, so we encourage you to book early! Enjoy a day of irresistible grooves and vocals coated in jazz with more than a twist of funk and dance.

Rye Jazz & Blues Festival acknowledge and thank their main event partners CLS Property Insight Ltd and supporting partner Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors.

About the artsits


The enduring success of incognito, led by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick is one of the great stories of UK music – their uniquely British sound has endured as a global phenomenon for almost four decades. Incognito’s catchy numbers are immediate and infectious explaining just why Incognito remain a powerful and energetic live act across the world. For their 16th studio album, Amplified Soul, Incognito returned to their Jazz-Funk roots. If you have not seen them live, this is the band to see! They shine in every department, the grooves irresistible and the message always positive!

Line-up*: Bluey (band leader); Tony Momrelle (vocals); Vanessa Haynes (vocals); Katie Leone (vocals); Francis Hylton (bass); Matt Cooper (keys); Francisco Sales (Guitar); Francesco Mendolia (drums); Joao Caetano (percussion); Sid Gauld (trumpet); Alastair White (trombone); Jim Hunt (sax).

Courtney Pine

No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than saxophonist Courtney Pine. The ground breaking, multi- instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. He has released 16 studio albums to date and continues to tour Worldwide with his award winning band playing clubs, concert halls and festivals from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock, Montreux to Cape Town.

MF Robots

MF Robots combines the talents of Brand New Heavies founder, drummer and main songwriter, Jan Kincaid with vocalist and fellow ‘Heavy’, Dawn Joseph, who has sung backing vocals for everyone from Rod Stewart to Phil Collins, Michael Buble to Craig David. Together the duo aims to create a brand new sound that draws inspiration from across the spectrum of musical styles and influences. “We want to provide a little escapism for the soul,” explains Jan Kincaid. “Providing exciting energy and music that is both current and able to stand the test of time.”

With a brand new groove from two well-established artists, MF Robots fuse musical styles in their unique and eclectic way.

Snowboy & The Latin Section

There can be no denying that the pyrotechnic Snowboy And The Latin Section are Europe’s leading Afro Cuban Jazz group. From their debut release in 1985, they have released 16 albums and played concerts and festivals in over 22 countries, from Holland to Australia, from Japan to Scotland.  Their music draws on Salsa, Mambo and Latin Jazz, and captures the block party feel of 1970’s New York, inspired, as ever, by the greats such as Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente. Their latest album ‘New York Afternoon’ reached Number 1 in the Latin Jazz chart and Number 6 in the Jazz chart on Amazon. It was the Number 1 Salsa album on the Colombian radio station ‘Salsa Exitos Del Mundo’ for two weeks.

Bad Mutha Funker

Keeping the groove going between change-overs – Bad Mutha Funker has been deep in the club scene , putting on parties and spinning vinyl for nearly 30 years bringing the height of Quality DJs and production to Manor Houses and Beach parties from Sydney Australia, Ko Pha Ngan Thailand, Kerala South India and the Home Counties UK. She promoted club nights in London in the 90’s @ The Ministry of Sound, The Cross, and Hanover Grand to name a few and now resides on the South Coast with her family. She is a regular DJ on the local and Festival Circuit playing at Standon Calling, Shambala , Boomtown ,Cirque de La Quirk IoW. and Secret Garden Party with her eclectic blend of Funk Soul Disco, driving House and deep Tribal Beats.

Plus more to be announced.

No flash/ recording.

Important information about this event
  • This event has been planned to allow it to happen in a safe and legal way and will be subject to any government guidelines at the time of the event.
  • You may bring your own picnic blanket or chair for the event.
  • Seating spaces are unreserved.
  • The gig will go ahead come rain or shine.
  • Entry to the gig is via the south terrace.
  • Please bring appropriate clothing as desired but no umbrellas/parasols will be admitted as these will disrupt the vision of other customers.
  • Only food and drink purchased at  DLWP can be consumed on the premises.
  • There will be no refunds unless the gig is cancelled.
  • Smoking is not permitted at any point on the lawn.
  • Please keep your ticket with you at all times.
  • Bags may be subject to random searches as you enter the lawn.