Bude Jazz Festival

A taste of New Orleans… in Cornwall

If you love Jazz, head to the beautiful Cornish seaside town of Bude from 28 August to 3 September for the 23rd Bude Jazz Festival.

The 23rd Bude Jazz Festival returns to the pretty seaside town of Bude in Cornwall from 28 August to 3 September.  With 144 jazz events across 12 different venues, you can see Britain’s finest jazz musicians and acclaimed international acts perform everything from blues and ragtime to mainstream and bop.

This year, the Bude Jazz Festival welcomes Second Line Jazz Band – this young Swedish band are being hailed as one of the most exciting traditional jazz bands in Europe. Also from the continent are Jazz Connection who will be playing their take on Louis Prima. And don’t forget your dancing shoes, as Irish Jive band Roaring Forties will be playing two storming sessions.

The popular Dance Marquee returns to the festival for the third year, featuring live jive, swing, and tradition jazz bands guaranteed to get you dancing. Expect to be rocked by festival favourites Hot Banana, John Shillito’s Secret Six and new acts Jumping Out Jazz Band and Sunshine Swing.

Where would any festival be without its super stars? At the Bude Jazz Festival, they come in the form of top class British and international acts. World-renowned reed players Alan Barnes and John Hallam make an appearance this year, as does Keith Nichols, Britain’s acclaimed classic Jazz star who leads his trio The Earthbound Spirits.

The festival also works hard to promote great new musicians, and this year you’ll find more young talent than ever before. 20-year-old Amy Roberts debuts at the festival with her own New Orleans Jazz band, and Ben Cummings and Brass Volcanoes make a much-anticipated return.

As well as the fantastic musical line-up, expect lively street parades on Saturday 28 August and Monday 30 August. And if all the talk of dancing makes you nervous, why not polish your moves with daily dance workshops (for beginners and improvers)? With so much to see and do, don’t miss the chance to sample a taste of New Orleans on the beautiful Cornish coastline.

For more information on the festival and to buy tickets, visit the Bude Jazz Festival website.


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