Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ilkley Jazz Festival 2018

 Now that we are into 2018 we can confirm that Ilkley Jazz Festival will be running from 15th to 19th August this year. At present we have 26 events on our radar and we are looking at another 4 to round the festival up to 30 events across 12 to 14 venues in Ilkley. And as you know every event is special and different so there will be lots for you to pick and mix with!

Our Headline acts have been booked and will be announced soon, we were really concerned that we would not be able to match or better last years performances, but we may just have done that, with two Amazing headliners, one of which will be giving one of her last UK performances and the other is an international artist giving her debut Northern performance…

The other big news is that this year we are commissioning a suite of music to celebrate 5 years of Ilkley Jazz Festival and Ilkley in general. It will be based on the landscape of Ilkley, with collaborations with some Ilkley artists and the composer Jamil Sheriff. The first performance will be on the Saturday and there are some big names in Jazz getting behind this project. To let you know how this is progressing we are having monthly updates from various people involved here:

And don’t forget if you cant wait till then we have our regular monthly sessions at Monkmans! 

And here is a hint who one of those headline acts might be, let us know who it is in the comments below!


  1. Well done 'Unknown' it is indeed.
    She has a great new Jazz quartet she will be bringing to Ilkley on Saturday 18th August, you can read a bit more here...

    Ilkley Jazz Director