After a difficult 2020 which saw the very first cancellation of the Marsden Jazz Festival in almost 30 years, the award-winning Marsden-based festival will return next weekend and draw thousands of fans.
Running from October 8-10, most events will take place outdoors and additional security measures will be in place for indoor spaces.
Barney Stevenson, Artistic Director, said: “An audience survey at the end of 2020 asked our supporters which events they would feel most comfortable attending this year.
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“Over 70% of people said outdoor events would be the most appealing, so we have a festival planned for 2021 that will be mostly outdoor.
The new attraction for 2021 is the Peel Street Stage which will be located outside Marsden Mechanics and which is scheduled in collaboration with Jazz Refreshed, a contemporary jazz label in London whose roster includes Shabaka Hutchings, SEED Ensemble, Nubya Garcia and Rosie Turton.
He promises to bring world-class musicians such as Gary Crosby and Camilla George to the stage.
The only indoor concert venue for this year will be the impressive St Bartholomew’s Church which has been described as the Cathedral of the Colne Valley.
Here, you can see performances from Shri Sriram & Dennis Rollins, Xhosa Cole, Bex Birch, Ivo Neame, and more. Tickets are on sale now, but some concerts are expected to sell out this week.
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Barney added: “We want people to feel comfortable and excited when they attend the festival this year. We have trained staff and volunteers in Covid security, we have purchased equipment to help us keep clean and sanitized premises, and we have a flexible ticket system to accommodate changing circumstances. “
There will also be an exclusive Chronotope exhibition this year, which will take place at Marsden Mechanics Hall.
Using 360-degree sound and screens, visitors will be transported to Marsden Moor to listen to the exclusive performances, filmed during the lockdown in 2020.
For those looking for refreshments, Street Food Alley, located just outside the church, will sell hot and cold food including wood-fired pizzas, Indian street food, dumplings, wraps, toast and more.
For more details and to book tickets, visit: www.marsdenjazzfestival.com/whats-on
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