Fri 13 – Sun 22 Jul 2018, various venues.
Now in its 40th year, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is the longest running jazz festival in the UK. From the beginning, the festival’s artistic policy has been to celebrate musical excellence and to encourage spontaneity and creativity. Initially focusing on jazz, the festival has grown to include blues music. Moving into the 21st century, artists from all over the world now take part, making it a truly international event.
Something for all Jazz and Blues Lovers
The festival prides itself on offering a huge range of music events at affordable prices. Discover exciting new music, revisit old favourites, enjoy intimate one-off gigs from top musicians and more.
Every year the festival puts together a packed programme of special concerts with exciting artists and great collaborations. Gigs take place in stunning venues such as The Festival Theatre, Speigeltent George Square and Princes Street Gardens. In addition, some larger events are planned. The vibrant Carnival Parade features exotic costumes, rhythmic sounds, giant puppets, drum groups and hundreds of street performers, creating a real party atmosphere in the centre of town. The annual Mardi Gras celebrations transform the Grassmarket into New Orleans for the day, with a top line up of entertainment on multiple stages. Then there are jam sessions, music classes, festival talks and more.
This Year’s Festival
Top billed artists for this year include Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Band, Rumba De Bodas, Steve Hamilton Band and Marquise Knox. There will also be a special Jazz Gala to celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary.
The full 2018 programme and tickets are now available on the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival website.