First ever Llandudno Jazz Festival

The inaugural jazz festival at the Welsh seaside town in July boasts headliners Darius Brubeck, Anita Wardell and Clark Tracey

The first annual Llandudno Jazz Festival arrives at the coastal town in July, hoping to follow in the footsteps of its parent festival, Titley (which won’t be running in 2015). Taking place on the same weekend Titley usually occupies, 24 to 26 July 2015, the festival will be held in Bodafon Fields overlooking Llandudno Bay.

Darius Brubeck, Anita Wardell, Don Weller, Alan Barnes, Clark Tracey (pictured), Art Themen and many more are booked to attend, with performances taking place either at the marquee at Bodafon Fields or Tiffany Café and Bar in Llandudno town centre.

The Darius Brubeck Quartet get proceedings started on Friday 24 July at 1pm, followed by the Peter King Quartet, Jim Mullen Trio, The Jazz Worriers, and the Clark Tracey Quintet with the Barnes/Adams Quintet closing the first day at 10pm.

Saturday begins with a tribute to Cannonball Adderley by Chris Gumbley at 12pm, followed by Shades of Shearing, Art Themen, the Don Weller Quartet, Top Brass and the Festival Octet.

Sunday’s festivities open with the David Newton Trio’s ‘Music From The Movies’ at 12pm, followed by Neil Yates, Denys Baptiste, Mark Nightingale, and Anita Wardell, with the Festival Big Band featuring Clark Tracey closing the weekend at 10pm.

Camping will be available for caravans, campervans and tents at Bodafon Fields and festival t-shirts bearing the festival logo will soon be available to buy online. Tickets are from £45 to £63 for a day pass, or £120 for a weekend pass. You can find out more and book online at

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Brian Payne

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