Leeds Jazz Festival 2024

Leeds Jazz Festival 2024


Mark your calendars for the Leeds Jazz Festival 2024, an event that has become a cornerstone in celebrating Leeds’ rich jazz heritage. Slated to run from 23rd to 28th May 2024, the festival enters its third year, continuing its tradition of uniting musicians, venues, promoters, audiences, and organisations that form the tapestry of Leeds’ jazz community.

History and Evolution of the Festival

The Leeds Jazz Festival first captivated audiences from 1st to 12th June 2022, offering an eclectic mix of complimentary and ticketed events. Its aim was to reflect the diverse spectrum of jazz in the city, catering to seasoned aficionados and newcomers alike.

Highlights from Previous Years

  • 2023 Festival: Running from 25th to 30th May, the festival has expanded its offerings. Notable features included the Welcome to Leeds Stage, a range of gigs across the city, the immersive Ensō+ audio-visual dome by Lara Jones at Leeds Train Station, and the exhibition The Story of Leeds Jazz by Denis Dalby at Leftbank.
  • Diverse Program: The festival also hosted DJ workshops focused on women, trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive individuals, along with a line-up of gigs and panels celebrating local talent and featuring renowned artists like Gilles Peterson, Soft Machine, and Mica Millar.

Collaborative Production and Support

The Leeds Jazz Festival is a collaborative effort, brought to life by a network of partners across the city. This includes venue representatives, programmers, and musicians, all coordinated by Music:Leeds. The festival is grateful for the support from Leeds 2023, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, along with contributions from Split, LeedsBID, Welcome to Leeds, arts@leeds, Leeds City Council, and bcausam.

Join the Celebration

As the Leeds Jazz Festival 2024 approaches, enthusiasts and newcomers alike are invited to experience the vibrant and dynamic world of jazz in Leeds.


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23rd May - 28th May, 2024

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