In news that will no doubt thrill jazz lovers up and down the UK – legendary Soho nightclub Ronnie Scott’s has announced that it is to reopen, with tickets already on sale for the club’s first live shows.
Scott’s is a Soho institution, having played host to everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Jeff Goldblum, with a bewildering diversity of artists in between.
So, the news that the club is to reopen will come as a massive relief to London’s jazz lovers, many of whom can recall once in a lifetime gigs at the venue.
The club have been forced to make some changes in order to re-open safely, however. The capacity of the venue has been cut by 50%, late night gigs have been suspended and the club will take the temperature of all arrivals at the venue.
Guests should also expect a policy of social distancing at the club, hand sanitiser stations throughout the venue, and screens between tables. However, the atmosphere will be just as hot, and the music (if the opening few weeks are anything to go by) just as thrilling.
Fittingly, the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars will be the first act to play at the reopened venue – the band were the last act to play at the Soho Club before its March closure. The following weeks will see an incredible line up of talent, including the James Taylor Quartet, the always wonderful Emma Williams and her ‘portrait of Ella’, and fast rising r’n’b singer Ruben James.
Ronnie Scott’s was expected to re-open in early August 2020, however, the venue was forced to delay the reopening after the government postponed the reopening of indoor venues. Now, finally, the venue is set to make up for lost time, which means jazz fans are in for a treat.
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