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First headliners announced for 2018

First headliners announced for 2018

A festival favourite, a critically-acclaimed quintet and an urban big band have all been confirmed for this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival and you can book tickets now at

We’re announcing the first three headliners for our 2018 festival which takes place from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th October.

The Ben Crosland All-Star Quintet premièred their Ray Davies Songbook project at Marsden Jazz Festival back in 2015 and they’ve been on tour with it ever since to rave reviews and extensive radio play.

Now they’re back with the sequel – Volume Two, which includes well-known hits alongside lesser known, yet equally engaging, B sides and album tracks. Ben and his quintet will be at Marsden’s 1920s’ Parochial Hall at 8pm on Friday 12th October.

Entropi’s second album, Moment Frozen, received a host of four-star reviews when it was released last year with The Guardian describing it as an ‘intense, muscular jazz voyage’.

Alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader Dee Byrne will be bringing her quintet to Marsden’s magnificently restored 19th century Mechanics Hall at 1.30pm on Saturday 13th October where you’ll be able to experience the voyage for yourself.

And Manchester’s Beats & Pieces Big Band – a band that happens to be big, rather than your average ‘big band’ – will bring their distinctive blend of rocking energy and precise dynamics to the Parochial Hall at 3.30pm on Saturday 13th October.

The 14-piece ensemble is led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell and has been described by the London Jazz News as combining the feel and dynamics of a small group with the force and impact of an orchestra.

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