Welcome to the 27th Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival.
A four day celebration of ‘The Best’ New Orleans,
Swing, Hot Club, Classic, Traditional
and Mainstream Jazz and Blues in 2018!

Thursday May 10th to Sunday May 13th – 2018

Keswick Brewery Jazz Session Beer

Celebrate with a Jazz Festival Brew!

As regular supporters of the Festival the Keswick Brewing Company are creating a new beer for the Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival. This beer is called “Jazz Session” A refreshing 3.6% golden ale using English Cascade hops to give subtle grapefruit aromas. The beer will be available in cask and bottles and available to try for the week of the festival at many pubs and bars in Keswick and on the Keswick Brewing Company brewery bar.

They also have bottles available for pre-order from the brewery on-line shop from Monday 2nd April for delivery as soon as available and for collection from the same.

What more could we want? A quick recap; Awesome location – check. Great music – check. Specially crafted beer – check. All the ingredients for a great time – check and double-check!!

See you there!

Latest News...

Single Day Stroller Tickets now available!

For those that can’t make it for all 4 days of the Festival individual day tickets are now available to buy on-line. If you’re in the North Lakes for either the Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday (10th to the 13th of May) then why not treat yourself to a day in Keswick and see and hear some amazing Jazz & Blues music at one of the countries best music festivals?

Earl Okin

Earl, a life-long opera fanatic, began his career writing and singing pop songs, signed to the same company as the Beatles, back in the 60s, later performing alongside everyone from Paul McCartney to Van Morrison, Benny Carter to Cleo Laine.

Marla Dixon

Marla is an all too infrequent visitor to these shores so we’re over the moon to have enticed her away from her home base of the wonderful “Spotted Cat” in the French Quarter of New Orleans to play for us in 2018. She’ll be featured with Mike Owen’s Scarlette’s Serenaders” as well as several ‘All Star’ sessions around the Festival.

Additional venues announced.

The Festival organisers are absolutely thrilled to be able to confirm that both The Rawnsley Hall and The Theatre by the Lake have now been confirmed as venues for the 2018 Festival!

Enrico Tomasso Interview

Listen to the first in a series of Keswick Jazz Festival Pod-cast interviews with John Burgess. Enrico Tomasso talks about his recent invitation to New York & playing his hero’s instruments.
Click here for more…

Interviews with the Stars

The program director for the festival has arranged some really engaging interviews with some of this year’s festival stars and they are well worth a listen.

Either use this link to access each interview in order (take me straight there now… or, to listen to a specific interview, use the links below.

27th Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival 2018


For four days in May the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival is a major event held in the historic market town of Keswick, a stunning location within the majestic Lake District National Park, recently awarded World Heritage Status.

The Festival takes place at various selected venues throughout the town, all of which are within easy strolling distance of one another, this enables the visitor to enjoy everything Keswick has to offer, including an enticing array of hostelries and local shops.

Many who visit the festival stay that bit longer before and after to turn a great musical celebration into a fabulous holiday. We have local businesses that love jazz too and help support the festival in various ways. See our VISTOR INFO and SPONSOR pages.

For the past 26 years the festival has attracted some great players and bands. This year our booking team have again done us proud! The 2018 ‘Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival’ is to retain everything tradition demands as it welcomes back many of its best-loved performers, including the great Enrico Tomasso and Keith Nichols. The 27th line-up also features impressive world-class names such as Marla Dixon (USA), alongside some wonderful new talent to be introduced to the festival this year with the addition of a most splendid grand finale on Sunday evening. Keep an eye on the ARTIST page.

The Festival shall again be acknowledged as being amongst the very best of its kind in the UK and once more reputed for its excellence by musicians and discerning festival goers alike.

The choice of entertainment, variety and superb calibre of musicality on offer shall be second to none with three times two-and-a-half-hour sessions at each venue daily. With timely breaks allowing a free flow of movement between each and a Programme particularly designed to suit the sound and style special to each performance and artist we can ensure a fabulous musical experience for all our ‘stroller-pass’ holders.

Adding to the festival spirit you will likely encounter the extra sprinkle of free and open-air performances too as the Festival team organise yet more vibrant music and dance about town for all to enjoy and starting with the official opening at 10:00 am and ‘Live Jazz and Dance in the Market’ on Thursday 10th May.

Buy Your Tickets for the 2018 Festival!

One-day strollers have just been released today (Feb 22nd) so get in early to avoid disappointment.

The three and four-day stroller tickets for the next Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival in May 2018 are available right now at £110 and £140 respectively.


Buy your tickets securely on-line now by clicking above and completing the simple steps that follow.

If you prefer to buy over the phone then call the box office on


Box office is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – all calls are charged at local rate.

We appreciate your custom and your support.