David Gaydon

Dave Gaydon appointed as Cheltenham Jazz Festival Head of Programming

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We are delighted to announce that former Roundhouse Head of Music Dave Gaydon has been appointed as Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s new Head of Programming.

Following a glorious eight-year reign as Head of Music at legendary London venue The Roundhouse, Dave Gaydon moved on to launch his own bookings and events business GOAT Music.

I am delighted and feel privileged to be part of the Cheltenham Festivals family at this incredibly exciting time for jazz music as the Festival approaches its 25th year. There are a whole host of amazing contemporary artists I’m looking forward to programming alongside the heritage jazz legends that Cheltenham Jazz Festival is so well known for.

Dave Gaydon

We are delighted that one of the best music programmers in the business is coming on board for Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s next exciting chapter. I look forward to working closely with Dave to ensure Cheltenham continues its position as one of Europe’s leading Jazz Festivals and to strengthen even further our talent development programmes.

Director of Festivals, Ian George

Gaydon will remain as director of GOAT Music continuing to work across venues and festivals in the UK and India.

He replaces Emily Jones, who moves to Sage Gateshead to become Senior Producer with responsibility for artist development, producing new commissions and festivals, and leading change in creative diversity.

Early names for the Jazz Festival will be announced on November 20, with tickets going on sale to members on November 26.