Weekend Of Jazz & Blues

The Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival is now well into its second decade of providing a wide variety of great music and this year’s line-up is the best yet

With an ambitious blend of programming choices, musical diversity and a warm welcome, the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival offers a privileged experience to musicians and music lovers.

With over 50 free gigs and six ticketed events at 22 different venues around Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley, there are too many great artists do justice to them all! The festival organisers are thrilled to have James’ Places as headline sponsor. Their support, along with that of the Arts Council England and Clitheroe Town Council, has enabled organisers to make this the biggest and most exciting festival to date.

James’ Places MD Mike Auld says: “James’ Places, as a local company is deeply rooted in the Ribble Valley community, and is proud to support the Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues Festival. Our commitment to the local area extends beyond providing exceptional hospitality experiences – it encompasses fostering a vibrant cultural scene. By backing this event, we aim to celebrate the rich musical heritage of our region while promoting tourism and supporting local businesses. Throughout the weekend, a number of our venues will serve as hubs of activity, hosting a variety of events to complement the festival’s offerings. From intimate jazz performances to lively blues sessions, we’re excited to showcase talented musicians and create unforgettable experiences for both locals and visitors. James’ Places recognises the importance of investing in our community’s cultural fabric, and we are honoured to play a part in the success of this great event.”

To find out all about the individual gigs go to the festival Facebook page and website rvjazzfestival.co.uk. In fact, there are lots of ways that you can get full details about the festival this year – first of all check out the website where there is a downloadable brochure and a simple to print pocket guide. A brand new feature of this year’s festival will be the community hub at St. Mary’s Centre, Church Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DG. It will be open throughout the festival for you to pick up guides, ask directions to venues and generally chat about the festival – it would be great if people could pop in and tell the organisers what they think of the programme and the organisation.

Even better, get on down to Clitheroe on the first May Bank Holiday and feel the vibe for yourself. The first gig is at 6.30pm on Friday 3rd May and the festival runs through to Monday 6th May.

The team who have put so much work into organising this event promises there is something for everyone – from wonderful concerts with exceptional comfort and acoustics to street and community music. Clitheroe will be alive and pulsating. It’s difficult to describe it in words, you need to experience it. See you there!

May Bank Holiday
The first gig is at 6.30pm on Friday 3rd May and the festival runs through to Monday 6th May




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