Music lovers are expected to flock to Birmingham in droves for the 30th edition of the city’s International Jazz & Blues Festival. The event will take place between Friday the 18th and Sunday the 27th of July, at various venues around Birmingham.
Although most of the gigs will be free, the acts featured throughout the 10 day festival are of first class quality. Music lovers will be graced with performances from British Jazz Award winners like saxophonist Simon Spillett, trumpeter Bruce Adams and singer Val Wiseman. For local legends, the Trevor Burton band will be rocking it out while King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys will also be jumping ‘n’ jiving.
There will also be plenty of acts from all around the world, with representatives from Lithuania, the USA, Canada, Argentina, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Italy, Czech Republic and Belgium all signing up to perform. You will find a list of the programme and ticket prices on the website of the festival’s organiser Big Bear Music.
An accessible event
One of the best things about this Jazz and Blues event is that performances are held around Birmingham in various venues including restaurants, bars, public spaces and even museums. This makes the event highly accessible to the general public, as festival-goers can easily combine a meal out with friends, a trip to the museum, a wander around the park or a quiet drink with seeing live performances. All up there will be over 70 venues hosting over 180 shows.
Jazz all over town
For those who would like to enjoy music at Birmingham’s finest museums, The Precious Penny Pluckers will be playing at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; the Arthur Brown Jazz Band will feature at the Blakesley Hall; the king of trumpet Digby Fairweather will perform at the Museum of the Jewish Quarter, and traditional jazz band The Chase Jazzmen will be on centre stage at the Sarehole Mill.
For a venue focused on providing family fun, leisure and entertainment centre StarCity will play host to The Potato Head Jazz Band from Spain, Lady Sings the Blues (which celebrates the music of Billie Holiday), as well as King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys.
Other favourite local places that will participate in the festival include the Electric Cinema, the Mailbox, Victoria Square, New Street Station, Grosvenor Casino, Cadbury World and St Paul’s Churchyard, just to name a few.
Being one of the biggest music events on the local calendar, it is expected that the jazz festival will attract around 250,000 music lovers; so whichever show or performance is of interest, make sure you book tickets well in advance to avoid missing out!