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Jazz & Blues Festival

Every July, The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival brings some of the world's very best jazz and blues acts to Edinburgh. As 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary, this year's festival 13-22 July promises to be one of the most exciting yet.

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival was founded in 1978 by banjo player and guitarist Mike Hart, initially focussing on traditional jazz with gigs mainly in pubs. Since then it has expanded and grown to represent a wide range of styles within this vibrant musical genre, from bop to boogie-woogie to blues-rock; from samba to swing to soul.

With over 36,000 ticket sales and 67,000 attendees, it is now one of the top 10 jazz festivals in Europe. 

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2018 Highlights

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The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in many venues across the city centre, including the Festival Theatre, the Famous Speigeltent on George Square, The Assembly Hall and the Grassmarket. 

Among the many highlights are Kurt Elling, Davina & The Vagabonds, Mud Morganfield, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Jools Holland, Dave Holland with Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter, The Average White Band, Blind Boy Paxton, Curtis Stigers, Betty Lavette and Maggie Bell.

Mardi Gras

One of the Festival’s highlights is the colourful Mardi Gras, which will transform the Grassmarket into a mini New Orleans for the afternoon on Saturday 14 July. This event is free to attend and there will be a whole host of live musicians and bands bringing the party atmosphere and non-stop entertainment. 

Edinburgh Festival Carnival 

Another festival favourite is the incredible Carnival, which includes over 700 performers from around the world. On Sunday 15 July, get swept up in the party atmosphere as the Carnival parade makes its way down The Mound and onto Princes Street where you can immerse yourself in music, colourful costumes, circus acrobatics and puppetry.

Tickets are now available on Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival website.

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