Brecon Jazz Festival have announced that a more intimate event – Brecon Jazz Weekend 2016 – will take place this summer from August 12-14.
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon Guildhall, Castle Hotel, Brecon Cathedral and The Muse will present more than 20 concerts over the weekend. From cosy gigs to big bands, from a young musicians’ showcase to late-night jam sessions, the programme promises something for all jazz fans.
On Friday, the festival begins with a reception and jazz busking at Theatr Brycheiniog and an exhibition opening at the Guildhall. Later in the evening, The Castle Hotel and Brecon Jazz Club present a big band with vocals and dancing to launch the concert programme.
Saturday will see day one of the Young Musicians’ Showcase (working title) and street Theatre at Theatr Brycheiniog with workshops and more street entertainment plus headline concerts at Brecon Cathedral, the Guildhall and the Theatre. Sunday highlights include the morning jazz service, the climax of the Young Musicians’ Showcase and headline concerts at the Cathedral and Guildhall.
There will be street entertainment and activities in Bethel Square, a ‘Food Feast’ next to the Wellington Monument and Brecon Farmers’ Market at the Market Hall. In addition, Brecon Fringe Festival will ensure there is music for every taste in scores of different venues across the town.
Staying: Interested in making it a weekend trip so that you can soak up all the Jazz you can? Check out the Brecon Beacons website for all of your accommodation needs.
Getting here: Whether you’re travelling by bus, train or car, here are some tips on getting to Brecon.
By Train and Bus: Via Paddington/South Wales line for train. www.traveline-cymru.info
For bus use the TrawsCymru T4 http://www.trawscymru.info
By road: SAT NAV LD3 7EW (Theatre Brycheiniog)
M4 – coming from the East, enter via the A449 to Raglan picking up the A40 or via the A470 at Cardiff
M4 – from the West, enter via A4067
M5 – enter via the M50 to Monmouth and join the A40
Parking: Cambrain Way, Brecon, LD3 7HR £5 per day, 10am to late
For more information about the town of Brecon click here