Cheltenham Jazz Festival was honoured at the Jazz FM Award ceremony in London on Wednesday evening, receiving praise for their achievement in creating an outstanding live performance experience by bringing the Loose Tubes back onto stage.
The Loose Tubes won the Jazz FM Award for Best Live Experience at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2014, beating off two other nominees, including the Blue Note 75th Birthday at EFG London and Jamie Cullum at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival. The winner of this category was chosen by public vote.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival Director Ian George said: ‘We are proud to have played a part in the triumphant return of Loose Tubes. The fact that they wanted Cheltenham Jazz Festival to be their first gig in their comeback shows that the Festival is right at the heart of the UK jazz scene.’
We were delighted to put the concert on to an audience of over a thousand people and the buzz was incredible. Loose Tubes undoubtedly deserved the Jazz FM Award.
Having transformed UK’s jazz scene in the 1980s and known for their exhilarating, flamboyant shows, the Loose Tubes celebrated their come back as a group at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, playing their first show in over 20 years in front of a packed audience at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The stellar cast of the 21-piece band included Food member Iain Bellamy, saxophonist Mark Lockheart, keyboardist Django Bates and trumpeter Chris Batchelor.