4 fun ways to celebrate Cheltenham Jazz Festival at home

Turn your May bank holiday into the ultimate Cheltenham Jazz Festival celebration, with four fun ways to enjoy this year’s two-day digital event from home.

With its international music icons, buzzing free stages, picnics and lively party atmosphere, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one of the most anticipated events in the town’s competitively packed annual calendar.

And while 2021’s two-day digital Jazz Fest will certainly be different, with lockdown measures now easing and rule of six outdoor social gatherings permitted, as well as sunny skies hoped for, there’s a chance to gather up friends and family for a May bank holiday to remember.

SoGlos has handpicked four fun ways to celebrate 2021’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival at home…


About the sponsor


Cheltenham Festivals is a charity which feeds the human spirit. Its participation programmes reach out year-round and culminate at the internationally-acclaimed Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May, Cheltenham Science Festival in June, Cheltenham Music Festival in July and Cheltenham Literature Festival in October each year.

Cheltenham Festivals is committed to working collaboratively and with integrity to produce innovative, world-class content, as well as engaging everyone in science and the arts – with one of its key pledges to double its audience through free events and digital reach in 2021.

For more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz.


1. Stream the Cheltenham Jazz Festival concerts


Taking place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May 2021, the most surefire way to not miss out on the Jazz Fest spirit this year is to actually tune into Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s two-day digital programme.

Live streamed on Cheltenham Festivals’ own YouTube channel from 3pm each day, the two-day event is hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews and the festival’s artistic curator Gregory Porter, with music spanning shows from world-class and up-and-coming jazz, pop and soul performers.

For the full line-up, see Cheltenham Jazz Festival and to subscribe to Cheltenham Festivals YouTube channel, visit youtube.com.


2. Order your Jazz Festival in a Box


You could, of course, put on a picnic spread yourself, but new for 2021, Jazz Festival in a Box promises to package up the atmosphere of the Jazz Festival village in a – yes, you guessed it – box, delivered to homes across the UK just in time for the two-day celebration.

Brimming with goodies from independent brands, each parcel contains bunting; Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé wine with matching picnic glasses; as well as tasty party nibbles and sweets to tuck into with friends and family during the weekend action.

A small box for two people costs £45; and a large box for four or more people costs £60. And included in both is a built-in £5 donation to Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Plus, one box will contain a golden ticket giving the lucky recipient a pair of tickets for a headline act and a VIP backstage experience for two at the 25th Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2022.

For more information, and to order your Jazz festival in a Box, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com.


3. Give the Jazz Festival Spotify playlist a listen


If you simply cannot wait for the main event, Cheltenham Festivals has put together a dedicated Spotify playlist to give listeners a taste of the tantalising music to come.

It features songs from Gregory Porter’s album All Rise, as well as tracks from Marisha Wallace and breakthrough artist Yelfris Valdes too. Give it a listen…

Search ‘Cheltenham Jazz festival 2021’ in the Spotify app to listen or for more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com.


4. Play along with your own instruments


If you don’t have a double bass or saxophone lying around, but you fancy playing along with the pros, Cheltenham Festivals is creating handy tutorial videos which show you how to make your own jazz instruments at home from everyday items!

A fun idea to while away an afternoon with the kids – or crafty and creative friends. First in the series is how to make a xylophone. With a chance to share your creations on social media using the hashtag #TheDIYJazzBand!

For more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com.


See Cheltenham Jazz Festival or for more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com.

© SoGlos
Tuesday 20 April 2021

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