Next summer will see the return of the 24th annual Manchester Jazz Festival, running from Thursday 23 to Monday 27 May across the city. The award-winning festival features innovate work in contemporary jazz from regional and international artists, performing in some of the city’s most revered venues. Due to renovations on the Town Hall, the festival will find a new home on St. Ann’s Square, running all the way through to New Cathedral Street. Plus, for the first time ever, the event has been brought forward to May from August. Previously praised as “Europe’s most adventurous jazz festival”, MJF launched in 1996 with nine bands playing over the course of one day. This year, the event will be spread over five-days and first wave of acts has just been announced. Music fans can look forward to a collaboration from two of Britain’s best jazz pianists, as Keith Tippett and Matthew Bourne perform at the RNCM. Leeds-based electronic soul quartet Noa Rayo will also be making an appearance with local talent Caoilfhionn Rose, along with the talents of award-winning Swedish vocalist Emilia Mårtensson, offering her new project ‘Loredana’. Another highlight sees a fusion of chamber jazz, classical and folk at St. Ann’s Church, as Tim Garland performs latest project Weather Walker. Away from music, MJF have teamed up with the Manchester Food & Drink Festival who will be curating a selection of culinary delights, with quality street food available at the festival hub. Tickets are on sale now with many just £5 for the under 25s.

Thu 23 – Mon 27 May 2019, various venues, Tel: 0161 393 4367,

Thu 23 May - Mon 27 May
Rich Holmes
Published on:
Mon 25 Mar 2019