City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

By edg - Posted on 06 July 2017

Horn at Jazz Fest
Event details
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 11:59pm
Telephone (info): 
0131 467 5200
Telephone (box office): 
0131 473 2000

The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more traditional Dixie and ragtime bands to up-and-coming stars, from big band concerts to Latin dance music. The EJBF comes the month after the Edinburgh International Film Festival and gets the August Festivals season going.

One of the highlights of the EJBF is the free Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the first Sunday, a New Orleans style, jazz-infused parade down The Mound to Princes Street Gardens. The family event includes live music and performances at the Ross Bandstand.

The Carnival follows the Jazz Festival's other popular free, outdoor event the Mardi Gras festival down in the Grassmarket, getting things off to a festive start on Saturday.

One of the main locations for many of the festival gigs is George Square Gardens with its old style marquees/spiegeltents in a large, artificially turfed beer garden.

The Scottish Jazz Expo provides a platform for emerging and more established scottish jazz musicians, with musicians also travelling from both Europe and North America.

Box office

Edinburgh Jazz Festival tickets can be bought at The Hub. Queen's Hall concerts can be bought direct from the Queen's Hall.