Festival fever has swept Cheltenham as The Brewery Quarter’s Summer Jam draws ever closer. This year, The Brewery Quarter has been on the hunt for the very best of Gloucestershire’s musical talent, hosting a public competition to find the next Summer Jam stars. Following a tense week of voting, the wait is now over.

Chris Smee 300 lsThe people of Cheltenham have spoken and with the majority of votes, this year’s Summer Jam stars set to bring the soundtrack to your weekend are… singer-songwriter Chris Smee, Disco-Funk band Soular, and Ska-Funk band Ready 5!

Local singer/songwriter Chris Smee has been playing in bands since the age of 8 and made his first public performance at the Brewery Quarter's Christmas lights in 2014. Since then he has played in venues throughout England and Wales and is regularly invited back to play in London where he is noted for his cheeky on stage presence and the variety of styles in his set. He has also played in Wychwood and 2000 Trees festivals.


5-piece band Soular have entertained hundreds of guests, performing at renowned festivals such as Cheltenham Jazz. Playing a mix of classic soul, funk and disco covers from the 70’s to present day they’re guaranteed to get visitors on their feet dancing.

Ready 5 formed in early 2017 from former Cheltenham band Sundown. Shying away from specific music genres, the band focuses rather on making music that combines their different tastes to create a fun, upbeat and infectious sound.

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Ready 5 says: “We're excited to play at The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham. We're looking forward to injecting a party vibe in ways that only Ready 5 knows how! Look out for various novelty covers thrown in for good measure to ensure you don't leave without a massive smile!”

Marketing Manager for The Brewery Quarter, Demelsa Coleman says: “We’re really excited to announce talented local performers Chris Smee, Ready 5 and Soular as the winners of our search for the next Summer Jam stars. Summer Jam celebrates everything that The Brewery Quarter and Cheltenham has to offer – from stunning food and drink to performances from local DJs and performers, it’s a two-day free event which really packs a punch and this year is set to be better than ever!”

Packed with the very best food, music and booze, Summer Jam offers the very best of local talent with musicians and DJs from across Gloucestershire. Returning for a second year, the event brings revellers a friendly place to hang out, enjoy the sunshine, take in some great music and sample some delicious treats.

Also performing at this year's event are headliners Tux Fizz and Great Big Feet, plus Shut Up and Dance, Jazz Jive Swing, Mark Walby, Vince Freeman, Josh Edkins and DJ Louis Capaldi.  Look out for the lineup which will be released soon!

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The Brewery Quarter’s mix of retail and leisure tenants will also be offering a variety of pop ups and activities throughout the weekend.

Brewhouse and Kitchen will be rolling out the barrels for its pop up bar once again showcasing a selection of its amazing beers. With the hopportunity to try before you buy, their selection of craft beers and chilled wine make the perfect accompaniment to the food and tunes.

Cosy Club will be showcasing some serious flare as their mixologists get ready to shake up some excitement from their outdoor Chase Distilery cocktail bar. They’ll also be hosting cocktail master classes on the main stage so you can learn how to make the perfect Mojito and handing out free tapas. Whilst Chiquitos will be dishing up paella and selling cold beer on draft outside, Nandos will be enticing visitors with free tasty wing giveaways, Frankie & Benny’s will be offering free pizza samples, and The Real China will be rustling up delicious summer rolls.  Look out for an outdoor cider, soft drinks and snacks bar and an inflatable lane from Hollywood Bowl and roaming costume characters across the weekend.  

Cineworld will be outdoors for the weekend raising funds for Children in Need, selling ice creams, facepainting and offering the chance to win lots of movie prizes in a raffle. They will also host a dedicated busking hour with the help of young local musicians on the Summer Jam stage on Saturday from 2pm. Harvester will be getting into the festival spirit with a Hawaiian theme, and for a charitable donation you'll be able to pick up sombreros from Chiquito.  Look out for all this and more at various times across the weekend.

A Wholefoods cider and snacks stall will also bring an array of locally sourced food and drink, including flagons of Old Rosie for just £5 each, plus introducing some interesting new fruit ciders from Westons including Rhubarb and Damson. Snacks include their in-house giant corn, spicy broad beans and pork scratchings.

Summer Jam takes place at The Brewery Quarter on Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 August from 1pm until late.  For all the latest updates follow the Facebook event here. If you like and comment that you're coming there's even a chance of winning a pair of Lakefest camping tickets!

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