The partnership with Jools Holland will bring the musician’s love of live music to the restaurant / bar, said to be inspired by the great cabaret lounges of the 50s.
This exclusive five-year partnership will also see Jools Holland perform a number of live gigs onboard Spirit of Discovery with his first appearances confirmed on the Channel Island Hop cruise (departing 23 July 2019), Gourmet Spain (departing 3 August) and Natural Scandinavia (departing 17 August).
Composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster, Jools Holland, began his career in the East End docks as a teenager, before going on to lead his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra playing to hundreds of thousands of people every year and selling millions of records. He’s also widely known for his BBC show ‘Later… with Jools Holland’. Jools was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British Music Industry.
Spirit of Discovery is due for delivery in the Summer of 2019 with its inaugural sailing in July. Saga has announced that it will further increase capacity with confirmation that its second ship, Spirit of Adventure, set to join the fleet in 2020.
Nigel Blanks, COO of Saga Cruises commented “Our decision to bring two new boutique cruise ships to the market by 2020 will be truly transformational for us as a business. We want the on-board entertainment to reflect this and we are delighted to be able to announce Jools Holland as our first ever endorsed on-board venue ‘The Club by Jools’. I have grown up watching ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ and many of our customers have too. His love of eclectic music really does transcend the generations and we will use this inspiration to bring something genuinely new and different to our steakhouse and late night bar on the ship.”
Jools Holland added: “I’m delighted that Saga is dedicating a space on the new ship for live music which is something that is very close to my heart. There is nothing better than listening to live music in a small, intimate setting where you can really connect with the artists and their music. Food and music are two of my greatest passions and it’s great that Saga are combining the two”.