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
Time: 
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.

In 2018, the festival moves into the Teviot with the aim of making the large student union building a social hub of the jazz festival. As well as gigs, bars and cafes during the day, the Festival Club at Teviot is a late-night spot for live bands, DJs, jams, and dancing til 3am.

Box office

Edinburgh Jazz Festival tickets can be bought at The Hub, at the venues themselves, and online. Check the Jazz Festival web site for details.