More visitors than ever before are forecast to enjoy Cheltenham Jazz Festival this May Bank Holiday (2-7 May) with a programme of free jazz gigs taking over the streets, pubs and clubs of Cheltenham.
Up-and-coming local acts and national artists will come together on free stages in Cambray Place, the Brewery Quarter and at the Festival Village in Montpellier Gardens offering musical inspiration between Jazz Festival gigs all day and late into the night.
New this year are free lunchtime and evening jazz sessions in a Pop Up Jazz Lounge in Montpellier Courtyard with Empirical, the coolest of Britain’s young jazz bands, a late night club night in Malmaison with DJ Sam Redmore and new late night venue The Loft located upstairs in The Tavern
The Festival has worked with Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) to make sure that the town’s businesses, shops, bars and hotels, will benefit. More than 70 local businesses, including Festival Partners, Festival Champions, food traders, venues and production companies will get behind the Festival.
The summer months are a particularly prosperous time for the town with the increase in tourism Cheltenham Festivals bring. We’ve grasped this exciting opportunity to involve the whole town, making sure our local businesses benefit from this period of festivity.
We’re turning the town into one big jazz party with the very best local and national talent – there will be loads of new voices to discover in the streets and the chance to get involved yourself and inspire your inner musician in the Yamaha Discovery Space in Montpellier Gardens.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival …around town line up
Free Stage, Montpellier Gardens (3 – 7 May)
Thursday 5.30pm – 9pm
Friday 12.45pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 10.30am – 10pm
Sunday 10.30am – 10pm
Monday 10.30am – 7.45pm
The Free Stage is at the heart of the Festival, and the best place to relax between events with free music throughout the weekend, as well as a bar and festival food traders. Performing here will be Jazz It Up, featuring the best local school and county jazz bands (Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10:30am); Mrs Peel Jazz; Gordon Wood Band; Thrill Collins; Natasha Seale; Hilda Cecila; Donkey Zoo; Funked Up and Feelin’ Good DJ; CZAFARI; Tom Ibarra; Emily Francis Trio; Exit Velocity Sessions; Argle Bargle; Raphael Jost Quintet; Echo Juliet; ReedBass; Chameleon; Jam Experiment; We Are Leif; Sen3; Sunken Foal DJ; Lee Jones Trio; Trampette; Annika Skoogh; Rue; Lydian Collective; Joy Ellis.
Cambray Place Stage (5 May & 6 May 12pm – 5.45pm)
Throughout the weekend, the Street Stage at Cambray Place will provide an opportunity to get a glimpse of future stars. Performing here are:
The Strays; Stolen Chocolates; Jack Cooper and the Offshore; Population:7; The Sea Slugs; Donkey Zoo; George Montague; The 309’s; King Brasstards; Kat&Co; Chameleon; Tree // Haus.
The Brewery Quarter (Sunday 6 May 1pm – 6.45pm)
A day of great music combined with outdoor food and drink. Performing here are:
Pixie and the Gypsies; Soular Funk; JazzJiveSwing; JACKSON.
Pop up performances
Throughout the Festival will be some surprise jazz pop-up performances from
fantastic artists from the …around town line-up. And visitors can take part with hands-on fun at the Yamaha Discover Space, sound and light art installation Colony and Sonic Vending Machines dreamt up by musical instrument maker Sam Underwood.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre
Following Lucia Cadotsch & ENEMY’s Jazz Festival gig, hear their music reworked and artfully mixed into new pieces of music. Electronic musicians Iain Chambers and Dan Nicholls ‘recompose’ the live sets in a process described by The Guardian as ‘an exhilarating ride’. (free to attend)
Hotel du Vin
The late-night jam sessions at Hotel du Vin keep the jazz party going until the wee small hours of the morning.
The Tavern – Late Nights In The Loft (Thursday, Sunday)
No. 131 – Jack Blackman (Saturday), LEAH (Sunday)
Wild Beer – George Montague (Saturday), CZAFARI (Sunday)
Harry Cooks – Kim Cypher Quartet (Thursday)
John Gordons – Tree // Haus (Saturday)
The Strand – Albino Frogs (Friday), Tunehead (Sunday)
Bottle of Sauce – Soul Lot of Funk House Party (Saturday)
Boston Tea Party – Jack Cooper (Friday)
Malmaison – Jack Cooper (Friday)
Cheltenham Playhouse – Jazz at the Movies (Saturday)
Studio 340 – Conception of Collaboration (Saturday)