12 things not to miss at Marsden Jazz Festival 2018
08 October 2018
Our 2018 jazz festival is now less than a week away so here’s our definitive list of what not to miss next weekend. There’s a full roundup of our all gigs at www.marsdenjazzfestival.com/whats-on
12. Free pub and club gigs
We’ve got dozens of free gigs taking place in Marsden’s pubs and clubs from 8pm on Friday until 7pm on Sunday. Quench your thirst and enjoy some fantastic live jazz.
11. Children’s gigs
We’re proud to be a family-friendly festival and have got gigs and activities lined up for our younger audience throughout the weekend. On Saturday, The Unicorn’s Horn will take you on a live music and story walk through the woods, followed by a chance to make your very own unicorn hobby horse. And on Sunday, experience Minifest – a fun musical experience inside the Mechanics Hall. Plus everyone aged 16 and under can see any of our headliner gigs for just £1!
10. Market in the Park
Head to Marsden’s Victorian park for a wide range for food, drink and artisan stalls all day on Saturday and Sunday, with live music in the bandstand.
9. New Stream
Our New Stream gigs feature new and experimental artists in our very own jazz cave, otherwise known as the function room at the Royal British Legion. Tickets are just £8, or half price if you’re under 30. We’ve also got a Match&Fuse mini festival taking place in the venue on Friday night, where you can see a stonking double bill of European sounds.
8. A trip to an outlying venue
We’ve got 26 venues taking part in this year’s festival and it’s easy to reach them all. Our free jazz bus will get you to Marsden Cricket Club and our highest venue, The Carriage House Inn. And our two venues on West Slaithwaite Road – Dark Woods Coffee and Zapato Brewery – are a short walk along the canal towpath (or even shorter bus ride using the regular bus service).
The 19th century Mechanics Hall and 1920s Parochial Hall are our two main headliner venues and we’ve got 10 ticketed gigs taking place inside them during the weekend. Your Friday night choices are the Ben Crosland All-Star Quintet with the second volume of the Ray Davies Songbook, or multi-award-winning trumpeter Enrico Tomasso. We’ve also timed the Saturday and Sunday gigs to allow extreme festival fans to saunter between both venues without missing a thing.
6. A gig inside the parish church
We’ve got three gigs taking place inside the magnificent St Bartholomew’s Church during the festival, including a not-to-be-missed Sunday afternoon performance by renowned improvisers Matthew Bourne and Keith Tippett on two grand pianos.
5. Our outdoor stages
Whether you’re arriving in Marsden by bus, train, car or narrowboat, you won’t miss the sound of live jazz echoing through the valley thanks to our four outdoor stages featuring youth and community bands.
4. The Sunday finale
We like to end the festival with a bang and this year’s no exception. We’ve invited the winner of ‘Live Experience Of The Year’ at last year’s Jazz FM Awards to bring the festival to a stunning close. Orphy Robinson’s septet will be celebrating the music of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson from 5pm at the Mechanics Hall.
3. Jazz duck race
They’ve been practising all year and, at 4pm on Sunday, 1,000 plastic yellow ducks will be racing along the River Colne. But which one will win? Back your own duck for just £1. Tickets will be on sale throughout the weekend and all proceeds will be used to support the festival. Thanks to all the businesses that have donated prizes.
2. Our 2018 commission inspired by Simon Armitage
This promises to be a truly unique gig. Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet was formed in 2015, has performed around the UK and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. We’ve commissioned Jonny’s 11-piece band to recreate five different poems by Marsden-born poet Simon Armitage using music and spoken word.
1. Street Music Parade
Our Saturday street parade is always the centrepiece of the festival and this year’s will be bigger than ever. Our moving sculpture The Hurly Burly is back and will be joined by street bands Peace Artistes and BLAST Furness, The Incredible Plastic Street Band and The Marsden Mob – featuring local children playing homemade musical instruments.