The late Fela Kuti was the first to fuse jazz, funk and soul with highlife and other African rhythms to create afrobeat: music with the explosive energy of James Brown but the heart and soul of Nigeria. Fela’s youngest son Seun Kuti has a sound which is just as compelling and is famed for his live shows. Egypt 80 join him on stage with funky horns, stirring chants and kicking beats that will get you dancing.

Seun Kuti, who started performing by his father’s side at only 9 years old, has proved that he not only inherited his father’s talent, but also his passion. Kuti’s forthcoming album, Last Revolutionary, was co-produced with Grammy winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper and features a stellar array of guests such as Carlos Santana, Nai Palm (of future-soul band Hiatus Kaiyote) and Mos Def. The songs are faster, harder, beautifully intricate and, as always, defiantly political.

Grooves built of little moving parts and staggering syncopations.

The New York Times

Some of the wildest, livest music on the planet.

Brian Eno


Henry Westons Big Top

The Henry Westons Big Top is a purpose built, 1300 seat venue situated at the heart of Jazz in the Gardens. Constructed in the classic style of a circus big top, the arena is fully lined and offers tiered seating. High quality sound and lighting production enhance the Festival experience inside this atmospheric jazz venue. Each year, the Big Top and Jazz Arena venues play host to a vast array of acclaimed headliners and rising stars throughout the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

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*Fees & Booking Info

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CF Ticketing charges a fee per booking to reflect the costs of providing the service which include card processing costs (for both credit and debit cards) as well as staffing, developing and maintaining the booking software and postage

Our booking fees are as follows:

  • Online sales £2.00
  • Telephone sales £2.00
  • In person card sales £2.00

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