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Enjoy a jam-packed programme of free gigs during Cheltenham Jazz Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:34 02 April 2019

Cheltenham will become one big jazz party with the very best local and national talent (c) stillmovingmedia.co.uk

Cheltenham will become one big jazz party with the very best local and national talent (c) stillmovingmedia.co.uk

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Up-and-coming local acts and national artists will perform on three free stages as well as in clubs and bars across Cheltenham

Thousands of music lovers will flock to Cheltenham Jazz Festival over the May Bank Holiday (May 1-6) for the annual programme of free gigs taking over the streets, pubs and clubs of Cheltenham in association with Cheltenham BID.

Up-and-coming local acts and national artists will perform on three free stages as well as in clubs and bars across the town, and in surprise pop-up locations, offering musical inspiration between Jazz Festival gigs all day and late into the night.

The Free Stage on Montpellier Gardens, at the heart of the Festival, is the best place to relax between events. Hear some of the best acts from across the country and enjoy Festival food traders, the Festival bar, Bottlegreen Garden bar, Chase Distillery Horse Box Bar, Neptune Rum Bar and Nyetimber Garden (from 5.30pm on Thursday, May 2 to 7.45pm on Monday, May 6).

The Free Stage on Montpellier Gardens is the best place to relax between events (c) Phil StevensThe Free Stage on Montpellier Gardens is the best place to relax between events (c) Phil Stevens

The Cambray Place Stage provides an opportunity to get a glimpse of future stars, (running May 4 and 5, 12pm - 5.45pm). A day of great music combined with outdoor food and drink is at The Brewery Quarter Stage (Sunday May 5, 1pm-6.45pm.)

Official Hospitality Partner No 131, The Tavern, Cosy Club, The Botanist, Harry Cook Free House, John Gordons, The Strand, Smokey Joe’s, The Firestation, and Hotel du Vin will host an array of performances over the week. Jazz Puddles - magical sound installations by artist Mike Blow – will be positioned found in the Festival Village, The Brewery Quarter and The Promenade. Jazz Puddles are part of the Festival’s Musical Encounters strand which brings jazz to a wide audience by putting it in unusual and quirky places.

For families there are free hands-on sessions for all ages in the Yamaha Discovery Space and The Chatterbox. A display of archive gems and photographs from iconic BBC show Jazz 625 will be on show at Cheltenham Ladies’ College Parabola Arts Centre foyer from May 3-5. A one-off live broadcast of Jazz 625 will come from Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Friday, May 3.

Visit The Brewery Quarter Stage on Sunday, May 5 (c) stillmovingmedia.co.ukVisit The Brewery Quarter Stage on Sunday, May 5 (c) stillmovingmedia.co.uk

The Festival has worked with Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) to highlight Cheltenham’s food, retail and hospitality offer. BID Director Kevan Blackadder said: “Cheltenham’s hospitality sector is second to none – we have some of the best restaurants, bars and hotels in the region and Cheltenham Jazz Festival is a great opportunity to show off the town’s wonderful night life. The stages at Cambray Place and The Brewery Quarter will be another reason to enjoy the town centre during the daytime and early evening across the weekend of May 4 and 5.”

Festival Director Ian George said: “We’re turning the town into one big jazz party with the very best local and national talent – there will be loads of new voices to discover in the streets and the chance to get involved yourself and inspire your inner musician in the Yamaha Discovery Space in Montpellier Gardens.”

For more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz.

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