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12 Things to look forward to at this year's festival!

12 Things to look forward to at this year's festival!

Marsden Jazz Festival has so much on offer over the 3-day festival, we wanted to share with you 12 things to do at this year’s festival so you can plan your visit.

12. 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 three outdoor stages featuring youth and community bands, the Marquee outside the Mechanics, the Marquee on the Bridge, and the Bandstand in the Park.

11. Pub & Club gigs

We’ve got dozens of free gigs taking place in Marsden’s pubs and clubs from 6pm on Friday until 7pm on Sunday. Quench your thirst and enjoy some fantastic live jazz. Highlights include The Paul Skerrit Band (pictured), Nishla Smith Quartet, The Old Time Rags, Mad Jack and the Hatters, and Shaku.

10. 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 Drama Llama will take you on a live music and story walk through the woods, followed by a chance to make your very own drama llama. And on Sunday, experience Cinclus Cinclus – an interactive concert for children. Plus kids aged 16 and under can see any of our headliner gigs for just £1! (excludes the two above gigs).

Street Parade

9. Festival Parade & Battle of the Bands

Two of our most popular events, the street parade offers the opportunity to join in the music and fun alongside street bands such as Deadbeat Brass and The Incredible Plastic Street Band. Also starring art and music installations such as The Hurly-Burly and Oomoo, a twelve-person playable carnival jellyfish puppet. The Battle of the Bands takes over Peel Street in a riot of music and dance.

8. Take a Selfie

Look out for our selfie frame which will be in different locations across the village over the weekend. Snap a photo with friends and family, and share on social media using the hashtag #marsdenjazz19.

7. New Stream Gigs

Our New Stream gigs feature new and experimental artists on our New Stream Stage at the Royal British Legion. Artists include Wolter Wierbos, Francine Luce & Andy Champion, Altimeter and Taupe. Tickets are £10 per gig or you can see 4 for the price of 3 when you buy a New Stream Stage Pass at £30. Half price tickets for those age 17-29 and £1 tickets for those age 16 and under.

6. 2019 Festival CD

Our festival CD features 10 of the headline acts from this year’s festival including tracks from the Crissy Lee Orchestra, Alison Rayner Quintet, and Snake Davis Trio. The CD is £6 and can be purchased now in our online shop, or over festival weekend from the box office in the Mechanics.

5. Food & Drink

Our Market in the Park will return for another year in Marsden Park, with stalls selling gifts, crafts, food and drink. We also have a new venue, Street Food Alley, located on St Bartholomew’s Church Walk which will sell a range of food and drink on Saturday from 10am – 8pm and on Sunday from 10am – 6pm.

Rafiki Jazz

4. Benefit Concert with Rafiki Jazz

Marsden Cuckoo’s Nest is raising money to buy their charity shop building and we wanted to help so we’ve organised this benefit concert which takes place at St Bart’s Church on Sunday at 4pm. Rafiki Jazz, a global collective of 9 native and migrant musicians will be playing, remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with a glance back to the past. Tickets £12 adult / £6 age 17-29 / £1 age 16 and under.

3. New Commission: Shirley Tetteh

Shirley Tetteh presents her Songs & Expansions on Saturday at 5pm – a fusion of Tetteh’s jazz and alt-pop personas and explores tensions and overlaps between songwriting, electronic music production, and jazz improvisation for a brand new six-piece live ensemble. Tetteh is a key member of Nerija and SEED Ensemble, which makes this new commission for Marsden Jazz Festival even more special.
Tickets: £14 adult / £7 age 17-29 / £1 age 16 and under

2. Headliners

Our two main headline venues have had a rebrand this year. The Concert Stage at the Parochial is where you’ll find the auditorium seated gigs with an interval. Gigs here include Snake Davis Trio and Beverley Beirne Quintet. The Club Stage at the Mechanics is our dance hall venue with informal cabaret seating, a bar throughout, and a dance floor. Gigs here include Kansas Smitty’s House Band and Mansion of Snakes.

1. The Sunday finale: SEED Ensemble

We know that fans of Marsden Jazz Festival love our Sunday finale concert and this year we’ve got a corker of an event for you! SEED Ensemble were nominated for the Mercury Prize this year and the band includes some of the most promising young jazz musicians in the UK such as Theon Cross, Sheila Maurice-Grey and Shirley Tetteh as well as the lead, Cassie Kinoshi. Sunday 6pm Club Stage.
Tickets are almost sold out for this gig!
£19 adults / £9.50 age 17-29 / £1 age 16 and under

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