There’s nothing like live music. But live jazz music is on another level. Here are some of the best jazz festivals going down in 2022.
Last updated: 20th Jan 2022
Beautiful melodies, unreal improvisation, unbeatable talent, and burning passion. Those are just a few of the features of jazz music that make it so irresistible. But there’s nothing like live jazz music. Experiencing the feeling first-hand as talented artists fill the air with stunning chord progressions while you stand amidst equally passionate music fans is just unbeatable.
So here’s our list of the best jazz festivals that you should definitely be keeping an eye on in 2022. With lineups that boast household names and up and coming talent, you’re certain to find a festival that speaks to you here.
Possibly the best festival for those who want to attend a cracking, incredibly diverse festival without breaking the bank, Maiden Voyage is back with an eclectic lineup of jazz, hip hop, electronica, soul, world music, techno and more.
Festival fans are all too familiar with the gut-wrenching feeling of your favourite artists clashing. It might be the single worst thing about music festivals. But Maiden Voyage seems all too aware of the pain themselves and took action by having the artists share the same stage to avoid any heartbreaking clashes. Perfect!
As always, ticket prices will increase with each release, so save yourself a few quid and secure your tickets now!
Cross The Tracks is back in Brockwell Park with another diverse, stunning lineup. This year’s attendees can look forward to Roy Ayers, a funk, soul, and jazz composer, RnB and soul singer-songwriter Mereba, Neo-soul artist Joy Crookes, genre-blending Patrice Rushen and many more.
Cross The Tracks is a festival that not only celebrates the music on a show but is a day packed with food, workshops and conversation. Within this, you can expect London's finest craft beer brewers, a wellness area and creative markets that include a record and art fair. It's a celebration of jazz, soul, funk and what the surrounding culture has to offer. You can’t help but count down the days ‘til this jazz festival is back!
July 2022 will see the UK’s only independent three-day jazz festival return for its fourteenth edition. Set at the scenic Burton Agnes Hall, lucky jazz lovers can experience the best jazz and blues acts up in Driffield, Yorkshire, while enjoying a range of food, award-winning beers, baked goods from the café, locally roasted coffee and more.
This festival is a family-friendly event with an easy-going attitude, a children's area and 15 acres of garden to explore. The lineup is yet to be revealed but rest assured there will be plenty of ambience to soak in. Whether you’re looking to dive headfirst into the action and be upfront for your favourite jazz act or hang back and enjoy the atmosphere, Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival is the perfect choice.
Find tickets for Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - here
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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2022 lineup: TBA
When: 29th April - 8th May
Where: Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has a proud history. Starting all the way back in 1970, the huge event in Louisiana's biggest city lasts for over a week. With over 12 stages of music, the alumni list for this festival is quite incredible, with Stevie Wonder, B.B. King andFleetwood Mac just to name a few.
Whilst more genres than ever are on show at the festival, there can be no denying that it's is a dream come true for any fan of jazz music. It's a chance to get deeply engrained within the whole culture and celebration surrounding jazz music and makes the most of a thriving local music scene.
Manchester Jazz Festival is the city’s longest-running festival and should be back in 2022 for another unreal weekend of smooth tunes. From its humble beginnings in 1996 with just one venue and ten bands, MJF has blossomed into a mammoth fest with nine days of smooth music, making it one of the biggest and best UK jazz festivals.
While nothing has been confirmed just yet, the festival takes place every year except 2020 which, of course, we can thank corona for. So we can expect it to grace the city centre again in 2022. To give you a flavour of what might be in store, last years lineup consisted of Nubiyan Twist, Camilla George, Binker Golding Band, Mr Wilson's Second Liners, and Untold Orchestra x Mali Hayes.
Scarborough Jazz Festival
2022 lineup: TBA
Where: Scarborough Spa, Scarborough
This huge event by the Yorkshire coast of Scarborough is a celebration of jazz music, with three days of afternoon and evening sessions offering you a whole range of shows. Last years event saw the return of Tony Kofi, Alan Barnes Octet and Dave Newton. As well as this, a whole host of new faces appeared too, such as violinist John Pearce and pianist Fergus McCreadie.
What more could you want than seeing world-class musicianship beside the seaside? The setting of Scarborough Spa is also something to behold with the elegant Victorian architecture being a wonderful location as the sea laps the shore nearby.
While no artists have been confirmed for the festival just yet, we know they’ll knock it out of the park like they always do.
Telluride Jazz Festival
2022 lineup: TBA
Telluride Jazz Festival can certainly lay claim to having one of the most unique festival locations on Earth. Perched high above in the Rocky Mountains in South-west Colorado, the natural aesthetic alone is truly wonderful. Running since 1977, this historic festival is three days centred entirely around jazz.
The festival itself is small in size and makes for an intimate experience as you enjoy the works of acclaimed artists, Grammy winners and some excellent upcoming student bands. This is a unique chance to get close to some of your favourites.
While this lineup is admittedly more star-studded and commercial than the rest on the list, North Sea Jazz Festival will be adding more artists to its bill soon and is still very much angled more towards jazz.
In the past, this whopper of a fest has had Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Urban Sax, Gary Clark Jr, Ray Charles, and many more big names grace the stage, so you can rely on the organisers to deliver a stunning lineup in 2022. The festival has taken place annually since 1976 and is now a huge, well-respected festival that around 75,000 lucky music fans get to experience each year.
If jazz is a passion, this is a festival to keep an eye on.
There are plenty of amazing jazz festivals just waiting for you to discover them. But with tickets selling rapidly, it’s a good idea to secure your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
Have these jazz festivals got you excited for festival season this year? Click here to take a look at our festival guides and choose from a whole host of events that are going ahead in 2021.