🗓️ Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2024
Swanage’s annual jazz festival is a firm favourite in the town’s busy events calendar, returning each year with over 40 bands performing live across three days.
From free fringe outdoor concerts and performances in local pubs & hotels, to main ticketed events at venues including Swanage’s Mowlem Theatre, the town comes alive with the sound of jazz.
Typically, there are daytime and evening performances from both local and national musicians, with a parade along Shore Road on the Saturday and a grand festival finale on the Sunday.
There were 45 bands at 2023’s festival. Headline names included:
- The James Taylor Quartet
- The Claire Martin and her Trio
- Alina Bzhezinska’s Hip Harp Collective with Vimala Rowe
- Zara McFarlane sings Sarah Vaughan
- Tony Kofi’s Inside Straight
- The Dan Mar Molinero Jazz Orchestra
- Alyn Shipton’s New Orleans Friends
- Chris Hodgkin’s Salute to Humphrey Lyttelton
The Festival also features a Festival Fringe with loads more great bands to see completely free.
- Weekend Stroller (Fri – Sun) – £130
- Friday Stroller – £40
- Day Stroller (Saturday or Sunday) – £80
- Single ticket concerts (limited number) – £20
(prices correct for July 2023)
(Note that single concert tickets are cash-only, on-the-door tickets, subject to venue capacity)
Discounts: BH19 residents can get a 10% discount on their tickets – available from Swanage Tourist Information Centre on Shore Road.
For full festival information and snapshots of past performances visit the Swanage Jazz Festival website, where you can also buy tickets when they are released.
Volunteer – and visit for free!
Volunteers are always welcome at Swanage Jazz Festival, with the excellent added bonus of enjoying free entry to all venues, capacity allowing.
Duties are straightforward, with no experience necessary – you simply need to be a presence on the door and check wristbands.
Volunteering at the jazz festival’s a social affair, so expect to meet some great new people and enjoy an end-of-festival BBQ to round the weekend off.
Find further information including contact details visit the festival’s volunteering page: swanagejazzfestival.co.uk/volunteers/