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2024 Festival Line-up - 21 May – 7 June 

Tues 21 May, 19:00 – Beautiful Regrets by Born to Love

Is love strong enough to defy time and reclaim our lost humanity? Enter bit.ly/beautifulregrets into your web browser to join the journey and change the future.

Digital music story telling.

A Free Online Event 

Wed 22 May, 19:00 – Preston Expression @ The Ferret, PR1 2XQ

Live Performance from some of the City’s freshest Hip-hop talent. Age 18+

A Free Event 

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Wed 22 May, 19:30 – Propori @ The New Continental, PR1 8JP

Proporí - Van Gogh Meets Nu Jazz with a twist of space rock and a distinctive psychedelic Latin guitar style plus The Bitter Lake - Americana Blue Folk. 

A Free Event 

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Thurs 23 May, 10:00 (1hr) – Music Turtle Soup, @ ME216, Media Factory, UCLan, Kirkham Street, PR1 1JN

Chinese Music and Culture interactive game with a live link to China. Age 16+

A Free Event 

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Thurs 23 May, 21:00 – Seoul Nights @ Baker Street, PR1 3BN

The Ultimate K-pop Night. Age 18+

A Free Event 

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Sat 25 May, 20:00 - The Big Cuban Social @ The New Continental, PR1 8JP

The finest Cuban salsa and timba with your host DJ Irmita. Live traditional Cuban Buena Vista style band Cuba Salsa. Pre show Cuban son dance class. 

Click here for tickets – £12.50 Adv (more on the door)

 

Mon 27 May, 19:30 (2 hrs) - Ukulele/ Handbell/ Recorder Ensemble Participatory Music Workshop @ Cottam Community Centre, Haydocks Lane, PR4 0NY

Bring your ukuleles or descant/tenor recorders or make use of the provided handbells. Together, we will learn a couple of arrangements of well-known Beatles songs. Includes a short break for refreshments (not provided). Age 8+ years (8 -16 to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

A Free Event supported by Arts Council England - No advance booking required

Mon 27 May, 14:00 – Leah Eccles @ Chew’s Yard, Market St W, PR1 2HB

Leah is one of the region’s freshest singer song writing talents and will be showcasing material from her new album

A Free Event - No advance booking required

Tues 28 May, 13:00 (2 hrs) - Singalong and Drum Circle Participatory Music Workshop @ Blue Flamingo Dementia Café, St Michael's church, Egerton Road, PR2 1AJ

For people with dementia and their carers. A singalong and an optional drum circle with food and drink. Age 8+ years (8 -16 to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

A Free Event supported by Arts Council England - No advance booking required

 

Tues 28 May, 19:00 (90 mins)  - Preston People’s Choir Participatory Music Workshop @ ME226, Media Factory, UCLan, Kirkham Street, PR1 1JN

An a cappella choir that welcomes anyone wanting to sing. All levels of ability and experience are welcome and there is no music reading. New-comers welcome. Age 8+ years (8 -16 to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

Free for first-time attendees - No advance booking required

Wed 29 May, 18:15 (2 hrs) - Worldwise Samba Drummers Participatory Music Workshop @ ME226, Media Factory, UCLan, Kirkham Street, PR1 1JN

High-energy samba drumming. New-comers welcome. Age 8+ years (8 -16 to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

Free for first-time attendees - No advance booking required

Wed 29 May, 19:00 – Aziz Ibrahim – The String Theory Tour @ The Ferret, PR1 2XQ 

Aziz (Stone Roses, Ian Brown, Simply Red, Asia, et al) is one of the UK’s finest and most diverse guitar players, and innovative artists. On this tour Aziz's eclectic fusion of cultures can be heard through the electric samples and felt through the live wall of worldly guitar sounds. 

Click here for tickets £9 Adv (more on the door)

Thurs 30 May, 19:00 (2 hrs) - Preston Scratch Band Participatory Music Workshop @ St Bernard's community hub, Elswick Road, PR2 1NT

Bring your instrument or just bring your voice. All levels of ability and experience welcome. Music, chords and lyrics provided. Age 8+ years (8 -16 to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

A Free Event supported by Arts Council England - No advance booking required

Fri 31 May, 10:00 (1 hr) - Jubiloso Participatory Music Workshop @ Mandala yoga and wellbeing centre, Derby Street, PR1 1DT

A music group accessible for people with learning disabilities. We play simple pieces using voices, chimes, hand percussion, and any instruments participants want to bring along. New members are invited to attend this weekly session. Age 8+ years (8 -16 to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

Free for first-time attendees (Usually £5, free for carers) Supported by Arts Council England - No advance booking required

Fri 31 May, 12:00 (1 hr) - Galloway’s Choir @ Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, PR1 2NL

A choir open to everyone but accessible for blind people. All levels of ability and experience are welcome. New members are invited to attend this weekly session. 

Age 8+ years (8 -16 to be accompanied by a responsible adult)  

A Free Event supported by Galloway’s Society for the Blind and Central Methodist Church. 

No advance booking required

Friday 31 May, 19:00 – Unlocked: Danny Rampling & Special Guest DJs @ The New Continental, PR1 8JP

DANNY RAMPLING was one of the first superstar DJ luminaries in the electronic music scene, remains a true pioneer, and a visionary in the global dance arena.

Click here for tickets £16.50 Adv 

Sat 1 June, 10:00 (2 hrs) – Beginners Guide to Making Music with Computers and Ableton @ ME002 Theatre Studio One, Media Factory, UCLan, Kirkham Street, PR1 1JN

Equipment will be provided during the session. Ages 11+ (11 - 16 to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

A Free Event

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Sat 1 June, 14:00 – Young Jazz on the Square @ Winkley Square 

Back by popular demand, a fun family day, and live concert showcasing some of the county’s freshest musical talent including Lancashire Schools Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Futures and Honk. Bring a picnic and enjoy chilled refreshment from the FoWS pop-up bar. All ages

A Free Event - No advance booking required

Sat 1 June, 20:00 – John Helliwell Quartet @ The New Continental, PR1 8JP

All-star quartet feat some of the region’s finest musicians including John Helliwell (of Supertramp fame), Gary Culshaw, Caroline Boaden and Andrejz Berenak. 

Click here for tickets - £5 Adv (more on the door) 

Sun 2 June, 14:00 – 18:00 - Cold Bath Street Grid Session @ The New Continental, PR1 8JP 

Cold Bath Street with guests invited from their monthly sessions, showcase their GRID system for music improvisation. Players know when to play but not what to play leading to weird, wonderful and unique musical journeys for players and audience alike. 

#improv #floyd #experimental.   

A Free Event - No advance booking required

Sun 2 June, 15:00 – Hiphop All Day ft Homeboy Sandman (Brooklyn, New York) + Jazzin’ the Park DJs + Big Things DJ + more TBA @ The Ferret, PR1 2XQ

Renowned lyricist Homeboy Sandman from Brooklyn, NY delivers a rich tapestry of beats and rhymes that transcend the boundaries of conventional Hip-Hop.

Click here for tickets £9 Adv (more on the door)

Tues 4 June, 19:00 – Open Mic Take Over with host Jamie Brewer @ the Ferret, PR1 2XQ

All performers welcome, house drums and amps available. 

A Free Event - No advance booking required

Wed 5 June, 19:00 – Nu Jazz (NYC) @ the Ferret, PR1 2XQ

Psychedelic, dizzying and cathartic. 

Click here for tickets £8 Adv (more on the door)

Thurs 6 June, 19:00 – Oddisee (US Rapper, Jazz Hiphop/ Funk) plus DJ Unown @ The Ferret, PR1 2XQ

Oddisee tackles the human condition with unwavering conviction & candor, merging elements of jazz, funk, & go-go into his hip-hop rooted production.

Click here for tickets £15 Adv (more on the door)

 

Thurs 6 June, 19:30 – Utopia Plus Special Guests @ The New Continental, PR1 8JP 

Mind blowing music from the genre inventing technical metal supergroup from the UK.

Click here for tickets £7 Adv (more on the door)

Fri 7 June, 19:00 - The Benoit Martiny Band (Luxembourg / The Netherlands) @ The Ferret, PR1 2XQ

From jazz’n’roll to psychedelic and cinematic grooves, taking inspiration from artists such as Led Zep, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix & Miles Davis.

Click here for tickets £8 Adv (more on the door)

About Us

Preston Jazz Festival is a free to attend music festival, with community and inclusivity at its heart. It is guided by a steering group made up of members of the community..

The festival grew out of the University, is supported by the School of Arts and Media, Preston City Council, and is a festival of music and culture for the people of Preston and Lancashire.

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