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Jazz and Blues programme eases into Edinburgh
Published on Friday, 11 June 2010

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, 30 July - 8 August

The 32nd annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has made an appropriately laid-back entrance, with a simple website update heralding its programme for 2010.  This short, independent festival, running this year from Friday 30 July to Sunday 8 August, attracts a high quality line-up across the broad range of the musical style - and makes a highly civilized introduction to the Festival season before the madness of the Fringe begins.

Mardi GrasIn contrast to the near 2,500 shows on offer at the Fringe, the Jazz and Blues sports a reassuringly manageable programme, albeit one which still runs to ten to fifteen evens on most days.  There's a great range of options from Europe and around the world, and a strong showing from home-grown Scottish bands too.  Alongside the music, there are talks, films and exhibitions.

Making good use of its pre-Fringe timing, the Jazz and Blues Festival takes temporary possession of some of the city's best venues, including the International Festival's Hub and the much-loved Queen's Hall.  The Festival's expanded into several additional venues this year - including the all-new "Assembly @ Princes Street Gardens", a tent in front of the Ross Bandstand which will open up for the Jazz Festival before its main run at the Fringe.

If you're a veteran of previous years, note that the tent has displaced the traditional "Jazz on a Summer's Day" event from its home in Princes Street Gardens.  But in its place, there'll be a whole new Sunday-afternoon event in the Grassmarket.  See our article on free jazz events for more details.

Browsing and booking

The full 2010 programme is now available to browse on the Festival's website.  Handily, you can see all the events together on one at-a-glance page

Booking opened today, and is run through the International Festival's Hub box office.  We'd suggest you use the excellent online system, which features detailed plans of all the venues and allows you to choose your specific seats; start at the Festival's programme page and follow the "Buy Now" links from there.  You can also call the Hub on 0131 473 2000.

Don't wait too long before getting your bookings in - this is a popular festival and the big-name concerts will sell well.  It's worth planning ahead, because there are also some decent deals for early booking - you'll get 10% off tickets for 5 different shows rising to 20% off if you book 15, but only if you book by phone and seal the deal by 23rd July.

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