Bicester’s first ever gin and jazz festival has been deemed “a hit” despite a damp day.

A jazz quintet whose members have worked with some of the world’s biggest names in the music business performed at Garth Park, Bicester last weekend.

Hosted by Bicester Mayor Harry Knight, the music was delivered by Keith Fairbairn’s Groove Collective and all proceeds went towards Bicester Baby Bank.

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Mr Fairbairn said: “It was a great community event. The town council did a brilliant job and we enjoyed playing in Garth Park which is such a great place for outside live music.

“The first time I have played Latin Jazz on an actual Victorian bandstand! Despite the weather we enjoyed bringing our Latin jazz vibes to summer in Bicester.”

Mr Knight said: “The gin and jazz evening was a hit, even if the weather was a little damp. I would like to thank the nine local businesses who sponsored the event.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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