Christmas Spiegeltent

Roy Ayers

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Known as the “Godfather of Neo Soul”, vibraphonist, composer and soul jazz luminary Roy Ayers is a bona fide musical messiah.

A pioneering figure in the jazz funk and acid jazz movements, hits such as “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, “Searchin’” and “Love Will Bring Us Back Together” inspired the generation of soulsters and hip hoppers that followed him so profoundly that Ayers is now cited as one of the most sampled musicians in history and he continues to produce new music with some of the biggest names in the business including Talib Kweli, The Roots and Alicia Keys.

Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers remains a vital musical force, effortlessly bridging the gap between generations of music lovers and bringing a joyous energy to every performance.

On warm-up duty is one of Tru Thoughts’ very finest, Harleighblu. Combining a classic yet distinctive voice with a love of bass and beats, Harleighblu’s sharp, forward-thinking style of soul music is dusted with grit and glitter in equal measure. Plus, DJ Al B from Bristol’s favourite soul institution, Soultrain, will be getting the dancefloor moving with the finest funk, soul and rare groove classics.

“Roy Ayers is the king of neo-soul music!” – Erykah Badu

“Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd all agree Roy Ayers is King.” – Village Voice


Why not join us for a delicious Pre-Show Dinner before this performance?

We’ll welcome you into the Spiegeltent before the crowds arrive, fix you a drink and serve you up a festive feast – freshly cooked in our on-site kitchen by excellent local chefs – to your very own spot in one of our sumptuous booths. Your booth seat will remain yours for the evening so after dinner is done you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Please note: Pre-Show Dinners must be booked in advance. You will need to arrive for dinner at 6.30pm prompt. Please click here for more info.


19:30 – Doors Open
20:15 – Harleighblu
21:30 – Roy Ayers
22:30 – Soultrain DJs
23:30 – Event End

Please note that running order is subject to change.


This is a standing show.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Show starts at 8.15pm.

Over 18s only.