A city known for its exciting music scene, the Jazz Festival has certainly found an appropriately vibrant home in Manchester. For the fourth time running, the Manchester Jazz Festival will be returning to the city for a brand new eclectic array of classic, new and innovative performances.
Bigger and better than previous years, the festival will span St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street and New Cathedral Street, featuring three stages of free music and more gigs played across the city in more venues than ever before – including The Whiskey Jar, Deaf Institute, The Bread Shed and YES. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from all the dancing, you’ll find a range of culinary offerings curated in partnership with Manchester Food and Drink Festival.
Be sure not to miss the opening of the festival on the Thursday (although if you’re in Manchester, it’ll be impossible to miss anyhow) for which Mancunity – a mass participation event during which British Composer Award winner Andy Scott will lead a procession of local musicians throughout the city streets playing a piece which reflects the spirit of Manchester, its people and resilience, before closing with a grand finale at St Ann’s Square.
Highlights include the festival’s Celebrating Europe programme which is championing musical talent across the channel in solidarity with the EU during this pertinent political time; Orphy Robinson All Stars and Nani Noam Vazana are also headliners to look out for.
23-27 May 2019
St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street and New Cathedral Street plus venues across Manchester city
Ticket prices vary on the performance ranging from free to to £18, with most falling between £5 and £10. Select gigs are offering £5 tickets for under 25-year olds. To purchase tickets call 0843 208 1848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information and full line-up at manchesterjazz.com