About the Jazz Festival

RVJazzFest-logo-2019-smallThe 10th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival hits the streets of Clitheroe and resounds around the valleys on May Day bank holiday weekend 2nd - 6th May.

It showcases the very best of Jazz in all it's genres and brings together performers from across the world to the pubs, clubs restaurants and venues in and around Clitheroe. The magnificent Grand Theatre is the focus for most of the headline acts. 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 Saturday Street Festival, Sunday picnic at Holmes Mill and our grand finale on bank holiday Monday.

We bring to the stage local singers and bands and highlight up-and-coming youth talent and give them the chance to perform with top international musicians. We also have a number of "home grown" bands, The Jazz Collective Big Band and the BluFunk Syndicate, formed out of our monthly jazz club.

Clitheroe is a great setting for a weekend festival because of 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