The Sidmouth Jazz & Blues Festival

THE LEGENDARY FESTIVAL is back and will take place this year from the 26th-29th of May

We are really excited to announce that the annual Sidmouth Jazz and Blues Festival is back and will take place this year from the 26th to the 29th of May.

This year’s main stage is at the gorgeous outdoor venue of Blackmoor Gardens, nestled in the heart of Sidmouth; the perfect backdrop for the swoon-worthy sounds of smooth jazz and vibrant voices. Tuck yourself in under a fluffy blanket (don’t forget to bring your own), watch the sunset and enjoy the heady sounds of Curtis Stigers, Mud Morganfield, and pioneering acid-jazz collective The Brand New Heavies.

But it is not just about the evening performances, there are a plethora of acts taking to the stage completely free of charge throughout the day. Gather the family, pack up a picnic (or enjoy the catering choices on-site and a well-stocked bar) and make the most of the sunshine (fingers crossed)!

With a range of musical performances throughout the weekend, there really is something for everyone. Tickets are just £40 for each evening for adults and £25 for children under 12. However, if you want to make the most of the event, the ticket offer for all four nights is just £115 for adults.

The main stage festival lineup

All headliners will perform on the gorgeous outdoor stage at Blackmoor Gardens from 8pm to 10:30pm.

  • Curtis Stigers – Friday 26th  May – American jazz singer and saxophonist
  • The Brand New Heavies – Saturday 27th May– pioneering acid-jazz collective
  • Mud Morganfield – Sunday 28th May – Chicago blues and son of legendary ‘Muddy Waters’
  • Courtney Pine – Monday 29th May – award-winning British jazz saxophonist


Other locations to visit during the festival

Whilst the main headliners can be found in Blackmoor Gardens, there are plenty of other venues and performances for you to discover across Sidmouth.


The Otterton Mill, EX9 7HG – Thursday 25th May

Set beside the Otter River in a beautiful coastal valley, put your feet up and enjoy an evening of classic live jazz music.

Thursday 25th May – The Rigmarollers, from 20:00

Book tickets here.


The Kings Arms Otterton, EX9 7HB

This traditional British pub sits deep in the Devon countryside; the perfect place to sit and enjoy a coffee or a thirst-quenching pint.

Live music performances to be announced soon.


The Blue Ball Sidford, EX10 9QL

A quaint inn in the heart of Devon, this is the perfect place to stop during a walk for refreshments and of course a bit of live music!

Live music to be announced soon.


14 Miles East, EX10 8AG

An independent bar in the heart of Sidmouth. Enjoy great Blues and Jazz throughout the festival.

Saturday 27th May – The Sideways Blues & Jazz Duo, from 15:00

Sunday 28th May – The Charlie Hearnshaw Jazz Trio, from 13:00


Where can you stay during the Sidmouth Jazz and Blues Festival?

Looking to make a weekend of it?

We might be biassed, but we think the best place to stay is our stunning Bedford Hotel. With views that overlook the gorgeous Jurassic coast, and a sea-view bar crammed with flavours of the South West, there isn’t a better option. We are a dog friendly hotel as well, so you don’t have to leave any of the family behind and we will make your furry friend feel as welcome as you do.

The delicious Pyne’s Bar is open for tea and coffee from 10am and serves a seasonal menu every evening. With incredible views over the ocean, the Bedford Hotel is the perfect place to recharge before your evening of jazz.

Within walking distance from Sidmouth Jazz and Blues festival, the Bedford Hotel is the perfect spot for whichever of the locations you decide to visit.

Thinking about other activities for your weekend, take a look at our blog articles on dog friendly activities around Sidmouth here or our top five walks around the area here.

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