BUDE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2024 IS THE BEST JAZZ FESTIVAL IN CORNWALL. IT SERVES UP A PACKED PROGRAMME ACROSS TOWN BETWEEN TUESDAY 27 AUGUST AND FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 2024. WELCOME TO A SIMPLY GREAT JAZZ FEST…
Cool cats and jive bunnies should head to Bude between Tuesday 27 and Friday 30 August 2024 for the Bude Jazz Festival 2024. See countless bands and acts play up to 80 concerts across the north Cornish coastal town and its outskirts. Basically, dig the vibe, man, as some of the best jazz musicians for miles around descend on Bude over four lively days and nights.
The Bude Jazz Festival, which has been going for more than three decades, was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to that oh-so-lovely coronavirus, so the 33rd edition was rolled on to 2022. But it was worth the wait as this much-loved festival put a swing into the steps of all the jazz fans who graced the gigs in 2022. Then along came the 2023 Bude Jazz Festival, which was another big success.
The 2024 Bude Jazz Festival enters its 35th edition, which is pretty impressive in an era that doesn’t place this most colourful art from at the top of the list in terms of young people enjoying and experiencing it. But we hope that lots of young people do make it to the festival as it’s the young blood which will keep it going well into the future.
Who is playing at the Bude Jazz Festival 2024? Watch this space as we will update the lineup as and when it’s announced.
Some of the highlights of the 2023 edition included the inimitable Craig Milverton Trio and legendary saxophonist John Hallam. Craig Milverton is one of the finest jazz pianists in the UK with a British Jazz Award under his belt which he won in 2010 for best pianist. Hallam, in contrast, is a respected name on both clarinet and sax, with an army of fans behind him.
Both acts were involved in a number of performances throughout the four days. In fact, the Craig Milverton Trio actually performed with John Hallam and sax star Amy Roberts at the Parkhouse. Other great names that performed between the Tuesday and Friday included Nick Ward’s Jelly Roll Quartet, the South West Lindy Hoppers and Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants.
Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics were also on the bill, as were the City Steam Jazz Band, the Martin Dale Quartet, the Dart Valley Stompers, The Tom Morgan Trio and The Jake Leg Jug Band. Oh, and of course it isn’t Bude Jazz Festival without the jazzy Bude Street Parade.
Click on the ‘website’ link above for the full programme when it’s published. Expect the full gamut of jazz bands on the menu, from traditional to New Orleans style, including ragtime, blues, bop, classic and mainstream. Young and old. Single acts and full ensembles. This incredible cross-section of styles is always represented in Bude every year at the Bude Jazz Festival.
Six venues traditionally play host to gigs across the town in late August 2024, including the Falcon Hotel, Brendon Arms, Parkhouse Centre, Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club and Bude Methodist Church. Check out the official website for all the gigs, dates, times and venues when they are announced. And then tune up that band and book a spot in the north’s coast’s most happening town. And all that jazz.