Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak

Posted on: 23 Mar 2020

The much-loved festival becomes the latest event to be disrupted by the Coronavirus outbreak.


The eagerly-anticipated 2020 Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival has been officially postponed, with the organisers confirming the news with a statement on social media late last week.

Pee Wee Ellis on stage at the 2019 Jazz & Blues Festival. Image: Paul Bullivant

Due to take place from Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 March, this year's festival was set to be one of the most ambitious yet, with a diverse programme made up of class-leading jazz and blues artists across a wide range of disciplines. 


But, with venues closing and events being cancelled across the country amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, the organisers had no choice but to postpone the festival in its entirety.


"It is with much regret that the producers of the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival have taken the decision to postpone the event. The restrictions of travel have already impacted on our artists, but more importantly, we have a duty of care to our audiences and performers," the statement read.

Dennis Rollins on stage at the 2019 Jazz & Blues Festival. Image: John Seaman

"We really appreciate all the support you've already given to us by buying tickets to our festival and sharing this year's exciting programme of events with your friends and family. We'd also like to thank everyone who has donated to our crowdfunding campaign and have supported in numerous ways over the last year."


The festival team revealed that they are in discussions with artists and venues to explore all options regarding the rescheduling of events, and are hoping to move the festival itself to a new date in Autumn 2020.


Ticket holders will be allocated refunds if they wish, or will be given the option to transfer their ticket to a rescheduled date as and when they are established. There is also an option for ticket holders to donate their ticket fee directly to the festival, in keeping with its charitable status.


For more information on the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, or to follow news and updates regarding rescheduling, head to the festival's official Facebook page.


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