Dozens of events at Cheltenham Jazz Festival are taking place across the town centre this year after support from the town’s Business Improvement District (BID).
Cheltenham BID is the lead sponsor of the festival’s Around Town programme, which means that more than 70 free events will be staged in a variety of venues from Thursday May 3 until Monday May 7.
Up-and-coming local acts and national artists will come together on free stages in Cambray Place, the Brewery Quarter and at the Festival Village in Montpellier Gardens offering musical inspiration between Jazz Festival gigs all day and late into the night.
New this year are free lunchtime and evening jazz sessions in a Pop-Up Jazz Lounge in Montpellier Courtyard throughout the festival with Empirical, the coolest of Britain’s young jazz bands.
Dozens of local businesses including food traders, venues and production companies are supporting the festival.
BID Director Kevan Blackadder said: “We’re delighted that the whole town will be benefitting even more than before from the festival this year.
“The Around Town programme offers great free entertainment in so many different places. We’re also working with Cheltenham Festivals to extend the Around Town programme at the Science, Music and Literature festivals.”
Late-night additions are a club night in Malmaison with DJ Sam Redmore on Friday and new venue The Loft, upstairs in The Tavern on Thursday and Sunday nights.
Other venues include: The Stable, 131, Wild Beer, Harry Cooks, John Gordons, Boston Tea Party, The Strand, Bottle of Sauce, Cheltenham Playhouse and Studio 340.
The Cambray Place Stage will see free acts on Saturday and Sunday. Performing here are: The Strays; Stolen Chocolates; Jack Cooper and the Offshore; Population:7; The Sea Slugs; Donkey Zoo; George Montague; The 309’s; King Brasstards; Kat&Co; Chameleon; Tree // Haus.
The Brewery Quarter stage will run from 1pm to 6.45pm on Sunday. Performing here are: Pixie and the Gypsies; Soular Funk; JazzJiveSwing; JACKSON.
The festival, which is run in association with BBC Radio 2 is recognised as a showcase for the best names in the jazz scene today alongside fresh new talent and also celebrates a variety of genres.
The full Around Town programme is available at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/whats-on/grid