Preview: Llandudno Jazz Festival




Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Tina May and a circular-saw barbeque are all on offer from the Llandudno Jazz Festival in north Wales in July

The second Llandudno Jazz Festival will take place at Bodafon Farm Park, above Llandudno's Promenade, from 29 to 31 July. It brings an extensive array of top names from the world of jazz to this corner of north Wales, following 2015's debut festival. This year's festival venue is a short distance away from Bodafon Fields, where the 2015 event took place, and promises to offer more shelter from the elements while retaining the spectacular views.

The festival's artistic director, trumpeter Neil Yates, has programmed some of the biggest names in the UK mainstream jazz scene including pianist David Newton, the Steve Waterman Trio and the Karen Sharp Quartet. Yates will be appearing as part of the Jazz Worriers and Munch Manship's West Coast Octet.


The Main Stage Marquee features five concerts on each of the three days. The Nicola Farnon Trio opens proceedings on Friday afternoon: Pete Long's Tribute To Jazz At The Philharmonic closes the event on Sunday night. Other highlights include saxophonist Alex Garnett's Ronnie Scott's Story; Arnie Somogyi's Scenes In The City featuring Art Themen, playing the music of Charles Mingus; Tina May (pictured left) with Alan Barnes; and a duo set from Barnes and Newton.

The town has a range of accommodation, including hotels and B&Bs: there are also full camping facilities on site. The circular-saw barbeque is just one of a range of catering and refreshment services which will be on offer over the festival weekend - a real ale and wine bar will also be part of the festivities. As the festival promoters, Calon, put it, "Great music, good food and drinks all set in a truly superb and inspiring location in Wales's premier seaside capital. There is nothing better than enjoying a fabulous weekend of music and fun!"

Full details of the festival, including the concert programme and accommodation information, are available on the Llandudno Jazz Festival website.

Ticket options including weekend passes and day passes are available. Ticket booking information can be found on this page of the website.

Bruce Lindsay


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