Preview: Llandudno 2018

Planning for the 2018 Llandudno Jazz Festival is underway with Alan Barnes hosting and favourites such as Sara Oschlag and Jim Mullen returning

The 2018 Llandudno Jazz Festival, the fourth edition, takes place at Bodafon Farm Park, 27-29 July, hosted by Alan Barnes. Programming is still in progress but promoter Geoff Burke says many favourites will return, among them Neil Yates, Sara Oschlag (“our big hit of 2017 ... simply superb” - pictured right), Dave Newton, Tony Kofi, Dean Masser, John & Dean Horler, Clark Tracey, Art Themen and Jim Mullen. Full details will be in JJ once available. The festival website is

Reviewing the 2015 festival for Jazz Journal, Brian Payne said:

"This was a great first festival with performances from some of the best jazz musicians in the UK. Thanks must go to Neil Yates as artistic director and for shouldering much of the organisation. The poor weather may have blunted things a little but it didn’t affect the brilliance or enthusiasm of the artists. With the sun switched on next year this festival could be the start of something big".

His JJ colleague Brian Robinson said:

"This venue was the new home to the earlier highly regarded Appleby and in more recent years Titley festivals. Held in Bodafon Fields, an area of rising grassland at the eastern end of Llandudno's elegant promenade it was a great success. Some 50 or so top-ranking musicians played in formats from trio to the Sunday night's final big band session. Organising an event like this is no easy task and Neil Yates and his team did a truly magnificent job.

"This should become an annual event and I expect plans for next year are already under way. Add a few extra days to explore the Snowdonia area and make sure you have a ride on the 115-year-old cable-operated tramway up the Great Orme and you've got a great holiday".

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