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Taking over Montpellier Gardens for May bank holiday weekend, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is set to once again bring some of the biggest, and newest, talents of the music world together for a week long celebration. 

"The great thing about Cheltenham Jazz Festival is that it brings together so many genres under the umbrella of jazz…I think it is one of the best Jazz Festivals in the world so it’s amazing for me to be here."

Jamie Cullum

For 2017, the festival sees real diversity in its line-up, with the likes of Radio One favourite Laura Mvula, Pop Idol winner Will Young, guitar playing pretty boy Jack Savoretti, Paul Carrack (ask your parents) and of course, closing the event festival regular, and fan favourite, Gregory Porter all taking to the stage. Alongside these shows, there are many hands-on masterclasses and chances for everyone young and old to get involved with music. From Sounds of the Senegal to Big & Brass, festival goers will be able to learn more about those classic jazz instruments and the roots of the music they can experience across the event. 

"If someone doesn’t get jazz, how do you woo them towards enjoying it? The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, with 47 official concerts plus a lively fringe, is a good answer, offering the chance to dip into many different styles of jazz."

The Times

For those not lucky enough to grab a ticket to one of the many shows and talks taking place, the festivals ever popular Free Stage will once again play host to many local live acts who'll get your evening started properly. However, it's the Henry Westons Stage that you really want to keep your eye on. Throughout the event many of the big stars of the festival will be performing special intimate sets, bringing a whole new light to their songs - keep an eye on the festival's Facebook page for exclusive clips.

One of the biggest and most exciting events at the festival is Saturday night's Ultimate Jazz House Party. Taking place at No 131 Cheltenham, the house party is set to be a night to remember. Already announced for the event are Jamie Cullum, Jo Whiley and Cerys Matthews who will all be taking a turn in DJing the party, which can be accompanied by a special festival meal from No 131 Head Chef Al Gleeson. With much more yet to be added for the evening's celebrations, it'll be the hottest ticket in town.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place on 26th April to 1st May.

Tickets are available now.

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