Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018


Held in Montpellier Gardens and a mere 15-minute drive from our hotel, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is the epicentre of what’s on in Cheltenham this May and shows no signs of slowing down since bursting onto the scene in 1996.

This year’s festival will run from Wednesday 2nd to Monday 7th May and attendees can enjoy the bank holiday weekend relaxing to the sounds of singer-songwriter Van Morrison and Irish vocalist Imelda May. Other big names include Corrine Bailey Rae, Rick Astley and artistic curator Jamie Cullum, who has performed at the event in previous years before taking on this new role.

With plenty of family activities, outdoor music and food stalls, the weekend is set to be one of excitement and where better to have some down time than in one of the finest hotels in Cheltenham? We’ve got the perfect rooms and suites for you to retreat to after the music and festivities – read on for some of our top picks of what’s on this year.

Wednesday 2nd May

The opening day is always alive with anticipation and warm-ups. Head to The Daffodil and you can catch Jazzmeia Horn, before venturing to Henry Weston’s Big Top to see Rand Crawford. While you’re in town, there will be plenty of surprises popping up and lots of establishments vying for your attention. If you’re new to the area, why not grab something to eat and explore?


Thursday 3rd May 

Don’t miss Eric Gales at the Jazz Arena or Jay Rayner and Cherise Adams-Burnett at The Daffodil – you’ll also want to leave enough time to see Van Morrison in Henry Weston’s Big Top. For Jimi Hendrix fans, Cheltenham Town Hall will host Nigel Kennedy playing all the hits.


Friday 4th May 

Today you can experience Jazz in Everyday Places thanks to the guided walk that starts on Parabola Arts Centre front steps. When you return, catch Recomposed before taking some time out for something to eat. Once refreshed, we’re sure you’ll be seen enjoying Friday Night is Music Night: Rollin’ on the River at Henry Weston’s Big Top.


Saturday 5th May

Gilles Peterson presents Moses Boyd’s Exodus in the Jazz Arena – but don’t miss Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 in Henry Weston’s Big Top as it is set to be a show to remember. Dash back to the Jazz Arena to see Portico Quartet and then head to Henry Weston’s Big Top to see the fabulous Imelda May.


Sunday 6th May

Start Sunday off right at the Jazz Arena and see China Moses for some feel-good vibes. Get the family to the Yamaha Discovery Space before seeing Corinne Bailey Rae at Henry Weston’s Big Top. Earlier acts held in the Big Top during the day include a Double Bill: Hannah Grace & Josh Barry.


Monday 7th May

Kick-start your Monday with a family show: Young Pilgrims & Bostin’ Brass in the Jazz Arena. Head to Henry Weston’s Big Top and you can see Riot Jazz and Rick Astley & Ronnie Scott’s Big Band. Empirical will take to the Jazz Arena stage and Caro Emerald will play Henry Weston’s Big Top. As it’s the last day, there are sure to be a few surprises in store…

More information and ticket details can be found here.


Excited by what’s on in Cheltenham this May bank holiday? Call one of the finest hotels in Cheltenham home for the duration of the festival by calling a member of the team or check availability today.

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