What’s on at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2019?

It’s that time of year when all thoughts turn to summer and the festivities happening in the Scottish capital. Here in Edinburgh, famously known as the Festival City, our streets, venues and public spaces will soon be alive with the sound of music, performance and entertainment. And, one of the best events to takes place in the city will be the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2019. 

Some highlights from last year’s festival …

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2019 Programme Announced

This year, the line-up proves to be as great as ever. Taking place from 12th to 21st July 2019, the music festival will feature talented artists from all over the world. These include Davina and The Vagabonds, Ibibio Sound Machine and Kyle Eastwood Band. Running for 10 days, there will be jazz and blues concerts taking place in various venues across the city. These include Festival Theatre, Assembly Hall, The Jazz Bar, and Spiegeltent on George Square, as well as many public space, pubs, cafes and art galleries. From boogie woogie and swing jazz, to soulful blues and acoustic sets, there’s something for everyone. To find out what’s on in Edinburgh during this year’s festival, check out the programme.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from the fantastic Davina and the Vagabonds, who will be performing at the festival this year …

Mardi Gras and Carnival Free Events

The Edinburgh Festival Carnival and Mardi Gras are two of the most popular events of the programme.

The Carnival happens on the first weekend of the festival, Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July. This will include a colourful and vibrant parade down The Mound and into West Princes Street Gardens. Featuring hundreds of drummers, dancers and performers. 

Taking place in the Grassmarket on Saturday 13th July 2019, this event has plenty of live music on multiple stages. And, best of all – it’s free! The party atmosphere will get you in the mood, as the New Orleans-style carnival comes to Edinburgh. So, pack your dancing shoes, and get ready to dance to swing and blues in our historic city.

Let’s take a look at some previous Mardi Gras celebrations in the Grassmarket …

Central Accommodation Close to the Music

At Parliament House Hotel, you’re just a short walk to the shops, restaurants, bars and attractions in Edinburgh. And, you’re close to the many music venues that will host world-class artists during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.

Whether you’re a jazz and blues enthusiast, or a newcomer, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has a fantastic mix of music and entertainment. So, take a look for our special festival offers, and book your stay for this fantastic annual event.