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!

All Done for 2018

Dates for 2019 are Thu May 9th – Sun May 12th

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A BIG Thank You to one and all…



Each and every one for your wonderful support this year.

We trust you all journeyed home safely yesterday and have only the very best memories to share about this ‘reinvigorated’ festival.


Each and every fabulous ‘fresh’ performance truly made this a spectacular event.

We hope you too have travelled home safely and continue the season with similar success having shown so much enjoyment and so enthusiastically embracing this ‘revival’ festival.


For your generous smiles and hard work throughout have helped achieve an experience our visitors and performers will not forget!

We hope you too are returned home safely and relaxing at last following the many challenges this ‘renewal’ festival brought about, to which you all rose magnificently!

Thank you all, from a very happy Festival Team.

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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.