It begins: the 29th Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is going to be a huge celebration of Australian and international artistry, with 2018 promising to be our best yet.

For the 2018 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues we will be building upon initiatives introduced in 2017 to bring you three jam-packed days of world class music, as well the chance to enjoy the region’s renowned food, wine and hospitality. The Artistic Team – Zoe, Frank, Scott and myself – are excited about the programming we are putting together which will include some previous favourites as well as presenting a range of fresh faces and new projects.

Don’t just take our word for it – here are a some of the fantastic accolades from the media about last year’s festival:

In reaching its twenty-eighth year, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues has attained the sort of longevity we associate with the Montreux or Newport jazz festivals, something of which the city can be proud. More tellingly, despite a change in the guard, the Festival demonstrated its ongoing commitment to innovation in jazz, as well as honouring the legacy that helped establish it into one of the pre-eminent music events in Australia. There is every reason to be optimistic about its future.
~ Des Cowley – Australian Book Review

This year, fortune smiled on the festival with the sun shining, the free community stage buzzing and the new programming team delivering in spades. Building on the legacy and bold vision of former artistic director Adrian Jackson, they assembled an imaginative program with a clear focus on contemporary sounds, current trends and unique collaborations.
~ Jessica Nicholas – The Age

In our second year, the Artistic Team is looking forward to continue our adventurous approach, bringing together artists from a range of different countries, including several collaborations with Australian musicians, with a few surprises thrown in as well. Wangaratta is a place where musicians come from around the world to create unique experiences – make sure you book your tickets now so you don’t miss out!

Adam Simmons
Co-Artistic Director
On behalf of the Artistic Direction Team