We’re really excited for the second coming of the Llandudno Jazz Festival, which is here on the weekend of July the 29th through to the 31st. 2015 was widely praised and said to be the “Mecca of Modern Jazz” , the event is set to begin in the beautifully scenic Bodafon Farm Park a short stroll away from Llandudno’s Town Centre — close to the sea, right on the edge of the Little Orme… and a very short distance away from us at the Cae Mor Seafront Bed and Breakfast in Llandudno.
Bodafon Park boasts a series of features to make it a top spot for the festival to have a great year, including a very highly praised restaurant menu, a pretty impressive “circular saw barbeque” with burgers, sausages and steaks cooked right in front of you, a full service kitchen, and last (but not least) real working toilets.
There’s a series of talented jazz acts scheduled for the weekend, starting off Friday with the Nicola Farnon Trio, Val Wiseman, Tori Freestone and Jim Hart, Munch Manship’s West Coast Octet, and Steve Fishwick and the Ossian Roberts Quintet. Saturday doesn’t let up this weekend’s high quality musical experience with the Steve Waterman Trio, Alan Barnes and Dave Newton Duo, the Jazz Worriers, Alex Garnett’s Ronnie Scott Story, and the amazingly talented Tina May. Sunday doesn’t disappoint whatsoever. Ending the festival with a bang is the David Newton Trio, Ken Marlet’s Mullian / Baker Quartet, the Karen Sharp Quartet, Scenes in the City — the music of Charles Mingus and last but not least, the Tribute of Jazz, at the Philharmonic.
This of course is just the main stage. We’re advised that Bodafon Park will feature other bands which are planning on playing both trad and mellow jazz on the Courtyard and the terraces. This event has been described as the Mecca of Modern Jazz, and we’re certainly seeing why. The Old Barn will open to serve as a jamming stage as well – so if you’ve any musical ability of your own, you’re more than welcome to poke your head in and play with some of the best loved British Jazz stars today. If not, you’re more than welcome to simply watch the more intricate parts of the performance.
Tickets can be obtained from £6 for strollers (Purchasable from the box office, on the day specified of the event) to a £20 day pass, to the weekend priority pass for £132 that guarantees you a place in the front rows of every performance at the festival for the entire weekend, gives you full access to the festival itself, and comes with parking as standard.
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