Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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Confirmed acts include Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Sergio Mendes, Joshua Redman, James Morrison, The Bad Plus, Incognito, Nubya Garcia, Georgie Fame & The Guy Barker Big Band, Curtis Stigers and The Ronnie Scott's Big Band, Level 42 and Katie Melua.


Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL50 2AE


Cheltenham is easily accessible by train. Trains from London to Cheltenham Spa generally run hourly and take two hours. From Bristol, trains take 35 minutes. Cheltenham even has a small airport. Car parks are situated in various locations around Cheltenham. These can be very busy, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time. Extra information can be found on the Cheltenham Borough Council website.


Advance bookings and discounts are available for Jazz Festival members. See Cheltenham Jazz Festival website for details. Tickets from £10-£75, depending on event. There are also more than 60 free gigs all across Cheltenham


Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th May 2019


3,000 capacity per day

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Every year, you will find one of the UK's best jazz festivals taking place in beautiful Cheltenham. "If someone doesn't get jazz, how do you woo them towards enjoying it? The Cheltenham Jazz Festival", says a journalist from The Times.  Every year, expect a programme packed with jazz and blues legends, superstar international acts and outstanding emerging talent. Hosted in a tented festival village, with the Big Top stage and the Jazz Arena offering some of the most popular performances, there is also an outstanding food and drink and market area. The Cheltenham Jazz festival also uses nearby venues, the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Town Hall and the Daffodil Restaurant. Jazz in the Gardens is another feature of this festival, offering free outdoor music and a place to soak up the spectacular festival atmosphere. Conveniently, this all takes place over the May bank holiday weekend.

Cheltenham also hosts another music festival in July, a science festival in June and a literature festival in October. Around town is another feature of this festival, offering free outdoor music in Montpellier Gardens with a place to soak up the spectacular festival atmosphere and bringing more than 60 free live gigs to Cheltenham’s streets, pubs and cafés.Festival Paradise has more details on Cheltenham Music Festival here.

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What we love about this festival.

The free music in Montpellier Gardens and the trade-mark mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists and unique festival performances.

Camping and Glamping Options

There is no camping available at this festival but there are many hotels in the area. Booking in advance is essential, with over 20,000 music fans coming to Cheltenham every year.

Past lineups

Imelda May, Leo Green, Guy Garvey, Jamie Cullum, Lianne La Havas, Beverley Knight, Van Morrison, Caro Emerald, Rumer, Giles Peterson, Laura Mvula, Jools Holland and the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Gregory Porter.

Kids and families

This is event is primarily music focused but it is a great family festival, too. There are fun family activities on offer in the Montpellier Gardens.

A touch of luxury

Become a Cheltenham Festivals Member. This gives you priority booking and a 10% discount on tickets.

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