We've got your May Bank Holiday sorted!

Starting on in the evening of Friday 30th April [International Jazz Day of course], and continuing through Saturday 1st May and Sunday 2nd May.

It will be an online festival and with lots of great ideas to make it exciting, informative and different!

We are looking forward to presenting:

kyla-brox 6 Live Bands streamed as it happens from the Grand, Clitheroe’s fabulous stage - we are thrilled to welcome UK’s foremost blueswoman Kyla Brox to the festival mainstage on Sunday. All our headliners are leading the artistic zeitgeist of the Jazz scene in the North today. They include Beyond Albedo, the John Pope Quintet, Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat, the Nicola Farnon Trio and Lancashire's very own 'groove machine' Neutrino.

There’s a fantastic showcase from the whole range of North West’s most popular artists including Festival favourites Western Valley Swing, the Pancake Steel Band and Red Hot Drop throughout the festival.

We’ve got fun for kids of all ages exploring the world of jazz and blues. Two workshops under the leadership of Issie Barratt, Artistic Director of the National Youth Jazz Collective will deliver tips for musicianship and learning from young artists at the top of their game. Issie will be joined on Saturday by Alex Clarke and Ralph Porrett, finalists of Young Jazz Musician 2020, and on Sunday by Rosie Turton and Jas Kayser. Electronic composer Shunya will demonstrate online insights into his musical world. We’ve got fun for kids of all ages.

Take-awaysAnd all with the promise of a whole range of take-aways from Ribble Valley’s hospitality with choice from fast food to gastronomic extravaganza specially tailored to our online Festival audience.

This is all brought to you with the support of Arts Council England, Ribble Valley Borough Council and Clitheroe Town Council.

But for real success we need an audience from far way and just up the road. Music doesn’t exist without the audience’s enjoyment – and this will be one of the first opportunities that the amazing performers lined up this year to share their talents and passion for creating jazz and blues. 

So book out this weekend in your diary now!

During the festival, we’ll be giving everyone an opportunity to donate to this Festival’s Fund-raiser for Fair Pay to musicians – so we hope everyone can dip into their pockets and purses to support Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues to keep jazz and blues alive into the future beyond these strange times.