City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival


By edg - Posted on 21 January 2013

Horn at Jazz Fest
Event details
Time: 
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 11:59pm
Telephone (info): 
0131 467 5200
Telephone (box office): 
0131 473 2000

The annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival runs the gamut of jazz persuasions from more traditional Dixie and ragtime bands to up-and-coming stars, from big band concerts to Latin dance music. The EJBF comes the month after the Edinburgh International Film Festival and gets the August Festivals season going. 2015 dates and program TBC.

The 2012 programme saw the introduction of a new free, family event in Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the first Sunday. The event filled a gap in the festival programme left by the ending of the free Jazz on a Summer's Day at the Ross Bandstand.

The Carnival follows the Jazz Festival's  other popular free, outdoor event the Mardi Gras festival down in the Grassmarket, getting things off to a festive start on Saturday.

One of the main locations for many of the festival gigs is George Square Gardens where three old style marquees (Spiegel Tent, Bosco Theatre, and Salon Elegance) have been set up in a large artificially turfed beer garden.

The Scottish Jazz Expo provides a platform for emerging and more established scottish jazz musicians, with musicians also travelling from both Europe and North America.

Box office

Edinburgh Jazz Festival tickets can be bought at The Hub. Queen's Hall concerts can be bought direct from the Queen's Hall.