Tuesday, October 19 2021

AFTER a difficult 2020 which saw the very first cancellation of the Marsden Jazz Festival in almost 30 years, the award-winning event returns in October.

Running from October 8-10, the festival will be “simpler and safer,” with most events taking place outdoors, and additional security measures will be put in place for indoor spaces.

Marsden Jazz Festival 2019 (Photo: Liz Baker Photography)

“An audience survey at the end of 2020 asked our supporters which events they would feel most comfortable attending this year,” said Barney Stevenson, artistic director.

“Over 70% of people said outdoor events would be the most appealing, so we have a festival planned for 2021 that is mostly outdoor.”

The new attraction for 2021 is the Peel Street Stage outside of Marsden Mechanics, which is scheduled in conjunction with Jazz re: freshed.

The only indoor concert hall will be at 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.

“We want people to feel comfortable and excited when they attend the festival this year,” added Barney.

“We have trained staff and volunteers in covid safety, purchased equipment to help us keep the premises clean and sanitized, and we have a flexible ticketing system to allow for changing circumstances.”

There will also be an exclusive Chronotope exhibition in the 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.

Mansion of Snakes at the Marsden Jazz Festival 2019 (Photo: Liz Baker Photography)

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 .

Gifts and other items can be purchased at the Market in the Park, where the public will also be entertained with performances by young amateurs at the bandstand.

Find out all the exciting things going on during the festival weekend and book tickets now at www.marsdenjazzfestival.com

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