Very sadly Lee Gibson will be unable to appear (as previously advertised) at Sands by the Sea this month – tho’ we certainly hope she will return in 2024! – but I’m delighted to say that her replacement is the great JACQUI HICKS. Jacqui is best known as the multi-award winning lead voice of chart-topping group ‘Shakatak’ whom she joined in 1992 for a worldwide touring schedule establishing her as an international star. Away from the group however she has recorded acclaimed solo albums including ‘Spellbound’ ‘With a Song in My Heart’ and a Child is Born’ and is a long-time collaborator with ‘Sands’ favourite Julian Marc Stringle. Equally at home with the American and British songbooks as with contemporary material, Digby says about Jacqui : ’I’m thrilled that she can join us. It’ll be an unforgettable evening!’. For this very special night book (after 2pm please!) on 01702 468123. Music from 8pm and parking (FREE, like the music) from 6pm on Southend sea front. Can’t wait to hear Lee – and see you too! I’ll be there!