The Best Jazz Festivals To Book In 2023

Jazzy festivals to visit this summer

Whether you’re a die-hard jazz fan or merely looking to appreciate good music in beautiful surroundings, there are plenty of jazz festivals to quench your thirst. Here are our favourites, from the UK and beyond.

The Best Jazz Festivals To Book In 2023

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

When? 26 April–1 May 2023

Where? Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

What? One of Europe’s largest jazz festivals is returning to Cheltenham this May Bank Holiday, with world premiers, new commissions, exclusive collaborations and one-off shows alongside a series of free performances at venues across the pretty town centre. Superstar vocalist Gregory Porter is the Artistic Curator for 2023, handpicking a selection of artists to perform alongside his own headline show. Expect also to hear from Damian Lewis, Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter, Will Young, MIKA, Squeeze, Tony Hadley, Van Morrison and Rufus Wainwright, alongside many more.

BOOK IT: cheltenhamfestivals.com

Iford Manor Jazz Festival

When? 29 June–2 July 2023

Where? Bradford-on-Avon

What? Iford Manor is a lovely, historic venue with a fledgling jazz festival launched a few years ago. Curated by multi-award-winning jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE, the programme is filled with acclaimed jazz artists from all over the world alongside rising stars. Listen to Ray Gelato and The Giants while tucking into a whole host of food and drink offerings including a champagne bar and an open fire Argentinian asado.

BOOK IT: ilfordmanor.co.uk

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Where? Glynde Place, East Sussex

When? 30 June–2 July 2023

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What? The UK’s only major music festival for 2023 with an all-women headliner bill, venture to East Sussex’s beautiful Glynde Place this summer for the 10th anniversary Love Supreme Music Festival and its biggest line up to date. Grace Jones, Little Simz, Candi Staton, Emeli Sande, Shalamar, Courtney Pine and many more are confirmed to perform, alongside a wellness and yoga area, organised hill walks across the South Downs, talks and panels, film screenings, and DJs late into the night.

BOOK IT: Tickets from £63. lovesupremefestival.com

North Sea Jazz Festival

Where? Rotterdam, the Netherlands

When? 7–9 July 2023

What? A hub for music fans and professionals alike, Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz Festival features workshops, panels and exhibitions alongside over 1,000 artists spanning jazz, blues, soul and funk. Established in 1976, the 2023 edition features Stormzy, Tom Jones, Janelle Monae, Seal and Lizzo, among many more. 

BOOK IT: northseajazz.com

Umbria Jazz

Where? Perugia, Italy

When? 7–16 July 2023


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What? Founded in 1973 by Italian music producer Carlo Pagnotta, Umbria Jazz is celebrating 50 years in 2023. With blues, soul and Latin music alongside jazz, enjoy established artists like MIKA and newcomers in the stunning surroundings of Perugia this summer. With a key focus on sustainability, opportunities for emerging artists to learn more, and plenty for little ones to get up to, too, this is a truly wholesome jazz festival.

BOOK IT: umbriajazz.it 

Sani Festival

Where? Sani Hill, Kassandra, Greece

When? 15 July–26 August 2023

What? Jazz in sunny Greece? Sounds ideal. This festival is as kind on the eyes as it is the ears: situated on Sani Hill, where the sea, sky and greenery all meet against the dramatic backdrop of the ruined Byzantine tower and the Aegean Sea. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, what started as a small jazz festival has transformed into one of the country’s foremost cultural institutions. Making the most of warm summer nights, Sani Festival is this year headlined by Andrea Bocelli – who will close the festival on 20 August – and promises a lineup of the greats, as well as incorporating rock and pop into the itinerary for the first time. Chucho Valdés, Paquito D’Rivera, Al Di Meola, Jack Savoretti, and Bob Geldof will all perform, as well as a plethora of Greek legends.

BOOK IT: sani-resort.com 

Jazz in Marciac

Where? Marciac, France

When? 20 July–6 August 2023

What? This small-town jazz festival draws local and international jazz musicians to southwestern France for two weeks of escapism. Famously relaxed and welcoming, expect workshops, masterclasses and exhibitions alongside performances from the likes of Norah Jones, Samara Joy and Gregory Porter. 

BOOK IT: jazzinmarciac.com 

We Out Here

Where? Wimborne St Giles, Dorset

When? 10–14 August 2023


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What? Moving to a new home for 2023 – from Abbots Ripton, Cambridge to Dorset – We Out Here is billed as a jazz festival ‘for everyone’, the brainchild of British DJ Giles Peterson. The inaugural 2019 festival was an instant success, with a stellar line-up spanning not just jazz but house, disco, soul, drum ‘n’ bass and more. In 2023, Ezra Collective, Knucks, Nia Archives and Róisín Murphy will all perform. Elsewhere you’ll find ‘The Escape’, which hosts mindfulness workshops, yoga and art therapy, a wild swimming lake, plenty of cultural offerings and excellent food.

BOOK IT: weoutherefestival.com

Flow Festival

Where? Helsinki, Finland

When? 11–13 August 2023

What? Founded in 2004 as a small jazz and soul event, Flow Festival has grown into a key player on the European music festival scene. Wizkid, Blur and FKA Twigs are all performing this summer, alongside a cultural programme of talks and art. Flow has impressive eco-credits too, being one of the world’s first carbon-neutral festivals.

BOOK IT: flowfestival.com

Featured image: Love Supreme Jazz Festival