Cheltenham Jazz Festival announces its best-ever line-up for 25th anniversary year

The line-up for the 2022 Cheltenham Jazz Festival has been revealed – with rock royalty, jazz greats and more taking to the stage as the event returns to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
See live performances from Jamie Cullum, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Emeli Sand and Gregory Porter at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022.
See live performances from Jamie Cullum, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Emeli Sandé and Gregory Porter at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival makes its welcome return from Wednesday 27 April to Monday 2 May 2022, after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The highly anticipated event celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022, bringing an all-star line-up to the town for a series of large-scale concerts, intimate shows and free events.

Music lovers will be treated to live performances from Golden Globe-winning singer, pianist and TV presenter Jamie Cullum; legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant with his Saving Grace project; BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé; pop-stars James Bay, Tom Odell and Gabrielle; Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney; as well as a series of exclusive collaborations, including a performance from Imelda May and Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, alongside shows from Jazz Fest regular and artistic curator, Gregory Porter.

There is also a special concert on Thursday 28 April 2022 to celebrate 25 years of Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the 100th anniversary of the BBC, which is being broadcast on Sunday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2. The BBC Concert Orchestra will be premiering a ‘unique symphonic celebration’, which has been commissioned by Cheltenham Jazz Festival, along with performances from the Guy Barker Big Band, Gregory Porter, Paloma Faith and Imelda May.

Celebrating the British jazz scene, there will also be shows from new, up-and-coming stars including saxophonist Nubya Garcia, MOBO Award-winner Moses Boyd and Mercury Award-nominated trumpeter Laura Jurd.

There’ll be a brand-new audio-visual installation by Faye MacCalman exploring mental illness and inner worlds, commissioned by the Festival’s Jerwood Jazz Encounters programme, as well as the popular Around town… programme taking place at venues across the town, in association with Cheltenham BID.

Tickets for Cheltenham Jazz Festival go on general sale at on Wednesday 2 March 2022.

For more information, including the full line-up, see Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

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