The Gin & Jazz Festival in St Albans proved to be a roaring success, with revellers flocking to the much-loved event.

Historic George Street was packed on Friday night, as residents and visitors enjoyed drinks and music at the free festival, organised by St Albans BID and George Street Retail Association.

Now in its fifth year, the festival has become a popular event on the city's calendar, and this year was no different, with customers enjoying a range of gin brands while browsing the independent shops.

There was no shortage of unique gin blends either, including local café George Street Canteen producing an exclusive honey gin, while contemporary jeweller Galio offering a unique Galio Gin.

Herts Advertiser: Gin & Jazz Festival.Gin & Jazz Festival. (Image: Toby Shepheard Photography)


Trinder Hair Studios hosted Green Genie with their green tea infused gins, The Hub served up Ware-based Copper in the Clouds gin - which included a Hertfordshire blend featuring cardamom - Sofas & Stuff hosted South Saxon Spirits, and Dwayne Edwards Bespoke Kitchens served customers Spirits of Hertfordshire’s Alban Gin, with flavours inspired by the city’s cathedral.

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As for the music, songwriter and jazz guitarist Chris Flegg, – a popular city centre busker – Enigma Duo, Pippa D. Collins and Matt Pallant, with the incredible Fitzrovia Jazz Trio all performing.

The event also raised money for the MIND and Headway charities.

Herts Advertiser: Gin & Jazz Festival.Gin & Jazz Festival. (Image: Toby Shepheard Photography)

Vivien Cannon, manager at St Albans BID, said: "What a lovely evening. With 13 businesses participating, the event showcased the vibrancy of the independent retail and hospitality offering on George Street, whilst bringing together the community for a night of entertainment and enjoyment.

"We were delighted to have sponsorship from Sofas and Stuff, WAGADA Digital and KP Waste for this year's Gin & Jazz, all local to St Albans and contributors to the success of our city."

Harry, who was visiting St Albans from Australia, added: "The music was amazing with incredible performances, and the drinks and atmosphere were amazing, all against a historic back drop. Fantastic."