Marsden Jazz Festival 2015

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015
various venues in Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 6BW, England MAP
varies dependant on event
last updated: Tue 2nd Feb 2016

Marsden Jazz Festival takes place at various venues in Marsden in West Yorkshire from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015.


Over 130 hours of live music is taking place in the Pennine village this weekend at 26 venues, including over 70 free events.

The line-up includes Evan Christopher’s Django à la Créole, Ben Crosland Quintet plays The Ray Davies Songbook, Apes Grapes, Metamorphic, Arun Ghosh IndoJazz Sextet A South Asian Suite, The Geordie Approach, Lauren Kinsella Ensemble, Claire Martin and Ray Gelato - A Swinging Affair, Sundown Swing, Nu Popes, and Jean Toussaint’s Roots And Herbs “The Blakey Project”. There are many more acts also confirmed.


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Ticket prices vary dependant on event.

The shows by Claire Martin and Ray Gelato, Parkin and Hardwick and Olivia Maya have all sold out.

Youth takeover

Teenage musicians from across Yorkshire will be given the chance to perform on their own stage at this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival.

The Bandstand in the Park will feature over ten hours of live music by youth groups on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October, including Kirklees Youth Jazz Orchestra, Heckmondwike Grammar School Soul Band and Greenhead College Big Band.

Younger children will also have the chance to enjoy their own jazz gigs with two performances taking place just for them at Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre on Sunday 11 October.

Manchester-based theatre company Artful Playground will be bringing Lolly Pops and Circus Props and The Toothy Adventure of Davy Denture to Marsden to entertain children aged between three and seven.

The children will be invited to become the characters, sing songs and play games with the storyteller. Professional musicians will also represent the characters on different instruments.

Road closures

Marsden’s high street will close to traffic during this weekend’s jazz festival to allow performances to take place on three outdoor stages.

The festival organisers have got permission to close a stretch of Peel Street between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 10 October, allowing the return of a stage outside the 19th century Mechanics Hall for the first time since 2012.

Parts of Weirside and Market Place will also be closed on Saturday and Sunday so that audiences can safely watch performances in the Marquee on the Bridge.

And the historic bandstand in Marsden Park is set to become the youth stage for this year’s festival, with teenage musicians from across Yorkshire performing over ten hours of live music at the venue.

The park will also be home to an artisan market for the first time this year, with over 20 stalls selling goods ranging from cupcakes and cheese to coffee and clothes.


Most of the headline gigs will once again be taking place at the 19th century Mechanics Hall, other venues include three outdoor stages – the Marquee on the Bridge, the Marquee outside the Mechanics and the Bandstand in the Park, 13 pubs, clubs and bars, two cafes and one former cowshed.


This event does not have camping but there are a number of hotels, hostels and guest houses in the area.

There will be more information here when available.

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015
various venues in Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 6BW, England MAP
varies dependant on event
last updated: Tue 2nd Feb 2016

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