Thursday May 11th to Sunday May 14th – 2017
“A four-day celebration of the best of New Orleans, Swing, Hot Club, Classic, Traditional, Mainstream Jazz and Blues in Keswick”
The 26th Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival – 2017
Thu 11th – Sun 14th May 2017
This year’s Festival will bring music from days of jazz when it began – Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and from the glory days of traditional jazz in the UK, to the fat and hip-swinging music of New Orleans, intimate gypsy jazz, soulful gospel and blues, powerful and inspiring vocalists, hot pianists, cool saxophones, trumpets, trombones, banjos, clarinets… the list goes on.
Unlike many festivals the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in numerous venues in and around the town for which a valid ticket gives access to them all. Pick your favourite style, entertainer or location and head over for some fun, no separate booking required, just mix and match as you see fit.
A dance floor will be laid in at least one venue where the bands will play for dancing, and dance tutors will run classes in the morning for beginners and intermediates.
Lots to see, lots to do and all set in the beautiful surroundings of Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District.
If you’re new to Keswick and the Festival then check out our Visitor Info page for some ideas on where to stay, good places to eat and drink etc.
A Little History
The first Keswick Jazz Festival happened in 1992. It set out to celebrate the best of British traditional jazz, a style of jazz that evolved when British musicians in the 50’s and 60’s realised what great music the early jazz musicians of New Orleans had been playing and they set out to emulate this, and develop their own style from it. Over the years the festival’s scope broadened to include other styles of jazz (even edging into folk, blues and rock and roll), but at its heart was the idea that the music should be enlivening and fun to listen to. International musicians have been invited to the festivals over the years and some have become a regular feature of the festival.
In 2016, Theatre By The Lake who had been running the festival for some 10 years or so decided that they could no longer do so, and this was the inspiration for the re-launching of the festival as the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival, programmed in venues around the town.
In recent years audiences have enjoyed bands and musicians that are new to the festival, and in recognition of the fact that the history of jazz and blues are closely intertwined The 2017 Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival will include a few more musicians that err on the blues side of jazz.
Following the many years of really enjoyable, varied and successful festivals the 2017 one will be everything it has been previously and more!
The 26th festival will include many of the favourite bands and musicians that have become popular in Keswick over the years plus many new ones. Adding a whole new taste of music to this years festival is the Blues!
Great Jazz, Great Blues
As any previous visitor would know we have some quite amazing Jazz sessions going on. This year we are adding a whole new taste of music to the festival by adding more Blues.
Loved and enjoyed by many Jazz followers we have Blues bands that will bring new depth to the Festival and help ensure its future.
Apart from being the North Lakes most popular tourist town and being situated in the most amazing landscape, Keswick has so much to offer – especially for a festival like the Keswick Jazz and Blues.
Keswick has no shortage of places to stay at, eat or drink in and the transport links are good to.
Buy or Reserve Your Tickets
Tickets will be on sale from 11:00 am on the 7th of November by telephone only – the details for which will be published here on that day.
Initial ticket prices will be £90 for a 3 day stroller and £120 for a 4 day stroller which will give access to all of the venues for the duration of the ticket.
Watch this space for prices and how to buy when they are available!!
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