Founded in 1992, Marsden Jazz Festival is one of the UK’s longest established jazz festivals.
Thousands of visitors make the trip by train, bus, car or narrow boat to experience the unique atmosphere the festival brings to Marsden every year, and more than 60 volunteers give up their time to help make the weekend a success.
We are proud to showcase a wide range of jazz musicians from internationally-acclaimed artists to local school bands and rising talent.
The Saturday street parade is always the talking point of the festival weekend and our venues include 13 pubs, clubs and bars, three outdoor stages, two cafes and one former cowshed – meaning you can’t escape the sound of jazz wherever you are in Marsden.
The 19th century Mechanics Hall in the centre of the village is our headline venue, with gigs taking place there throughout the festival weekend.
Our New Stream gigs feature cutting edge and experimental jazz music as well as our new commissions, some of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Our programme of youth jazz celebrates the dozens of young musicians who perform at the festival every year.
The number of gigs by youth groups has steadily grown since the festival first took place in 1992 and in 2015 we created a brand new youth stage – the Bandstand in the Park.
We’ve seen young musicians who first performed at the festival with school bands break through to become mainstream jazz artists.