About the Jazz & Blues Festival

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2024The 2024 Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues Festival is on the May Day Bank Holiday, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th May.

It showcases the very best of Jazz & Blues in all it's genres and brings together performers from across the world to focus upon Clitheroe.

In previous years (take a look here...) we've seen stars such as Jacqui Dankworth, Liane Carroll, Soft Machine, Claire Martin, James Taylor, Courtney Pine, Dennis Rollins, Snake Davis, Stacey Kent, Arun Ghosh and many, many more. In fact each year we have over 500 performers mainly from the brass, drum, swing and big bands we bring together for our free Saturday Street Festival, lots of free music in bars and restaurants and our big band grand finale on bank holiday Monday.

We bring to our online stage local singers and bands and highlight up-and-coming youth talent and give them the chance to perform to a wider audience. We also have a number of "home grown" bands, Elbow Room, The Ribble Valley Jazz Big Band and the BluFunk Syndicate, formed out of our monthly jazz club.

Clitheroe is a great setting for a visit to browse the local shops and hidden away courtyards, the Saturday market, the great places to eat, the award winning historic pubs, the amazing Holmes Mill, home to Bowland Brewery, and of course the splendid castle and beautiful park and nearby river Ribble. Find out about the local attractions here...

Banner Photo: Matt Collinge