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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Our 2020 edition may be postponed until 16th-25th October, but in the meantime be sure to check out the Virtual But Remarkably Real Jazz Festival, with daily updates from 17th-26th July.

Ever since our very first festival way back in 1985, July has meant one thing – live jazz and blues taking over the pubs, shopping centres and squares of Birmingham and the surrounds.

 
It’s hard to imagine summer in Brum without the jazz festival, which is why we couldn’t bear the thought of cancelling this year’s edition. So we’re pleased to announce that you’ll still be able to look forward to 10 straight days of live music in 2020, this time at the slightly later dates of 16th to 25th October.
 
Once again, we’ll be putting on a mostly-free programme of good time Jazz, Blues, Swing and Rhythm & Blues, with performances in unusual places: museums, libraries, shopping areas, public squares, canals, a furniture store as well as in bars, cafes and hotels.
 
And there’s more. A lot more.
 
Free Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dance sessions, Harmonica, Photography and Ukulele workshops open to all ages, the famous Texas Harmonica Rumble, a Make and Play Cigar Box Guitar session, a Sketch Crawl and a Barbershop Quartet – in a Barbershop.
 
There will be an exhibition of Jazz Festival Photography, talks, discussions, Q&A sessions and music appearing in the most surprising places.
 
While the wider world looks an uncertain place at the moment, one thing’s for sure – when it comes to great live music, Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside is the place to be this October. 
 
For news of artists and venues as they’re confirmed and other fun stuff, sign up to our newsletter, and in the meantime, be sure to check out the Festival Film, featuring everyone from Festival Patron Digby Fairweather to Jasper Carrott.