Marsden Jazz Festival
Jazz In The Yorkshire Pennines
About Menu »

First headliners announced for 2017

First headliners announced for 2017

With less than 100 days to this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival, we thought we’d reveal our first three headliners – and you can already book tickets at

We’re thrilled to have a world première from Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year Arun Ghosh, international supergroup Meier-Budjana, and Rene Alvarez’s eight-piece salsa band joining us for gigs in Marsden’s 19th Century Mechanics Hall during the festival weekend.

Clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh will be in Marsden for the first ever live performance of his new double album – the Blue Light the Red Light – at 7pm on Saturday 7 October before heading off on UK tour.

Arun brought us a spellbinding sell-out gig at our 2015 festival and we’re delighted he’s chosen to return to Marsden to launch his new album.

Sunday evening will also see some big names from across the globe joining us for a fitting end to the festival weekend at 5pm on Sunday 8 October.

The Meier-Budjana Group is made up of Swiss-born guitarist Nicolas Meier and Indonesian rock guitar icon Dewa Budjana. They’ll be supported by US bassist and founder member of The Yellowjackets Jimmy Haslip, Israeli Asaf Sirkis and Borneo-born Saat Syah – creating a unique blend of Middle-Eastern and South-East Asian jazz which is both soulful and cerebral.

And Rene Alvarez will be bringing his Latin Band to Marsden at 8pm on Friday 6 October. We’ll be transforming the Mechanics Hall into a salsa dance club featuring the cream of London’s Cuban musicians along with a Cuban dancer to teach some salsa steps and get everyone’s feet moving.

More information about all three gigs and details on how to book tickets are available at And we’ll be releasing details of our other headliners in the next few weeks.

Saturday street parade

Support Marsden Jazz Festival

This year’s festival will also feature our Saturday street parade, an artisan market in Marsden’s Victorian park and over 100 hours of live music – including dozens of free gigs in pubs and clubs, and on our outdoor stages.

You can help to support the free gigs by taking part in our Adopt a Gig scheme for 2017. It’s really important to us that the majority of the gigs at the festival are free so that as many people as possible are able to experience live jazz music. But we need your support to keep the gigs free.

It costs £50 to adopt one of our free gigs, either for yourself or for a friend or relative, and everyone who adopts a gig will receive an e-certificate and have their name printed in the 2017 festival programme.

© 2017

More //
Go to Full News