Researching (Jazz) Festivals features festival directors and researchers talking about jazz and festivals (and jazz festivals), and sees the launch of From Glastonbury to Glyndebourne: The Impact of British Music Festivals, a new report for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s about the impact of festivals. We have a full day programme, open to public, festival organisers, journalists and researchers, free of charge, taking place in Take Five Family Tent in the Montpellier Gardens during the festival.

The Impact of Festivals is a 12-month project funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Programme, working with research partner organisation the EFG London Jazz Festival. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the University of East Anglia. The Research Associate is Dr Emma Webster, co-founder and Director of Live Music Exchange.

Day Programme


10 – 10.30am
Coffee and Registration

10.30am – 12noon
Festivals Research

  • Dr Chris Anderton, Southampton Solent University: Author, Music Festivals in the UK (Ashgate, forthcoming), Co-Executive Director of Solent SMILEfest
  • Dr Matt Brennan, University of Edinburgh: PI Fields of Green: Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities
  • Dr Roxy Robinson, Leeds Beckett University: Author, Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation (Routledge, 2015)

12noon – 1pm
Keynote plenary: European Jazz Research

  • Francesco Martinelli, Siena Jazz Archive: Lead European Jazz Research Project
  • Prof Tony Whyton, Birmingham City University: PI, Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals project

1 – 2pm

2 – 3pm
Festival Directors

  • John Cumming, Director, EFG London Jazz Festival
  • Tony Dudley-Evans, Cheltenham Jazz Festival
  • Steve Mead, Director, Manchester Jazz Festival

3 – 4.30pm
Jazz Research

*Alison Eales, University of Glasgow, PhD student: Critical History of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award)

  • Dr Nick Gebhardt, Birmingham City University: Co-Editor, The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music (Routledge, 2015)
  • Prof Stephanie Pitts, University of Sheffield: Author, Listening to live jazz: an individual or social act? (Arts Marketing 2013) and Rules and expectations of jazz gigs (Social Semiotics 2012), Coughing and Clapping: Investigating Audience Experience (Co-Editors Karen Burland and Stephanie Pitts, Ashgate, 2014)

4.30 – 5.30pm
Report Launch

A drinks reception to launch From Glastonbury to Glyndebourne: The Impact of British Music Festivals, an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Literature Review by Dr Emma Webster and Prof George McKay.

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Family Tent

Our dedicated venue for family-friendly events, with a mix of mini-gigs, workshops and craft sessions. The venue has informal, unreserved seating with lots of comfy beanbags and floor cushions for kids.

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