Marsden Jazz Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Marsden, West Yorkshire, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Marsden Jazz Festival
MJF Office 10, Peel Street
Marsden, Huddersfield HD76BW
England UK
Phone: (44) 01484-846969

Festival Description

Every year, throughout the second weekend in October, the sleepy Pennine village of Marsden plays host to around 8,000 jazz fans, who enjoy a varied programme of music and other events. Almost 80 events are scheduled for 48 hours across the weekend, with music being played in every conceivable space. Marsden Jazz Festival is not all about serious music for the jazz fans though, as fans well know, one of the major draws of the festival is the variety and breadth of the free gigs on offer.

In 2012 the festival will promote more than 50 free events in every space imaginable. Amongst the free gigs are the wonderful jazz/funk/latin influenced Bugalo Foundation (with members of the Haggis Horns), ace guitarist Stevie Williams, and contemporary New Orleans sounds from the New York Brass Band.

Festival Dates October 11 - 13, 2013
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Festival Story:

Marsden is a village at the head of the Colne Valley, in West Yorkshire. It is about 8 miles west of Huddersfield, and lies in the hilly moorland and pastures of the south Pennines. Marsden Jazz Festival was established in 1992 by local resident, Mike Lucas, who wanted to involve the village community with a music festival. From humble beginnings it has gown into a respected and recognized festival on the national jazz calendar and has a reputation for headliners like Georgie Fame, Clare Teal, Humphrey Littleton, Jools Holland and Chris Barber. In addition to ticketed events, Marsden Jazz Festival features many free concerts, giving festival goers the chance to experience jazz from traditional to contemporary to experimental. This year, in 48 hours, Marsden expects to host over 7,500 visitors in more than 20 indoor and outdoor venues. Tickets are predicted to be in high demand for the 18 ticketed events and 53 free concerts will be packed to capacity.


Festival Events:

Artists 2013:
  • Mick Coady’s Synergy featuring David Binney, a quintet led by Irish composer and bassist Mick Coady, featuring in-demand US alto sax player David Binney with British musicians Julian Arguelles (Tenor Sax), Ivo Neame (piano) and James Maddren (drums). Saturday, October 11th.
  • Antonio Forcione, the Italian guitar virtuoso plays on Sunday, October 12th at Marsden Mechanics with his trio featuring Brazilian countrymen Anselmo Netto on percussion and Matheus Nova on bass.
  • John Etheridge with his Trio North, are also headlining the festival. The celebrated guitarist and his trio jazz rock group Get The Blessing, who share a rhythm section with trip-hop legends Portishead; brilliant jazz songstress Tina May in a quartet including pianist Nikki Iles and nine-piece afrobeat outfit the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra.
  • Matthew Bourne — with Marsden Jazz Festival’s New Stream continues its established track record of championing artists at the bleeding edge of the jazz genre. Leeds-based internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and multiple collaborator Matthew Bourne indulges his passion for analogue synthesisers and electronics in The Bourne Synthesiser Show, written especially for the festival.
  • Chris Sharkey swaps his electric guitar for an acoustic and leads new group Batteries to play an entirely improvised gig.
  • Laura Jurd, the award winning composer and trumpeter plays a set with a quartet playing her folk and classical inflected jazz compositions.
  • Annie Whitehead’s Rude 2.0 — The New Stream closes with the stellar quartet playing an eclectic fusion of melody, free improvisation and driving funk, jazz and reggae rhythms augmented by electronica.


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Slideshow Photo Credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Iain Ballamy, photo by Mike Bode
    • The kids, band leader and the sousaphone, photo by Alan Burnett
    • Marsden Hills
    • Festival outdoor stage, photo ©Chris Turner,
    • Festival outdoor stage, photo ©Chris Turner,
    • Festival indoors stage, photo ©Chris Turner,
    • Mountain View, photo by Mark Kelly
    • Nicolas Meier
    • Marsden Jazz Festival Shop
  • Fans are urged to buy tickets early.
  • Contact LBT box office on +44 01484 430528 or visit
  • “Jazz Festival of the Year 2010” — Awarded by Jazz Yorkshire


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