Top notch artists from around the world. Hundreds of gigs across dozens of venues. And pretty much all of them FREE. Yes, for nearly three decades the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival has dished up an ear tingling array of music and this year’s line up is no exception. Here are just a handful of the highlights but trust me, whoever you go and see you can guarantee it’ll be a class act:
Lewis Floyd Henry – I saw this dude busking around The Big Chill (RIP) a few years back and got a bit of a man crush on him. A one man blues storm. Hendrix lives my friends...
Wednesday 10th July 12 midday Snow Hill Station Square and 5pm Church Street Square
The Lamours – Bringing some lush vintage glamour to proceedings The Lamours gig is one of the few shows you need to pay for but by jove, it’ll be worth it.
Friday 12th July 7pm Birmingham Botanical Gardens (£15/£10 concessions)
Will Johns Band – Returning after a festival stealing gig last year Will’s simply one of the UK’s best blues guitarists around. End. Of. Story.
Friday 12th July 12.30pm The Mailbox and 7.00pm The Water’s Edge Bandstand
The Good Lovelies – Harmony heaven from the country folk flavoured Canadian trio. If you’re not singing this song to yourself all day long you ain’t got no ears.
Sunday 7th July 7.00pm Star City
Sheep Got Waxed – Okay, so you think you don’t like jazz? Try this Lithuanian combo for size and prepare to eat your words...and ears whilst you’re at it.
Saturday 6th July 12.30pm The Mailbox 6.00pm The Arcadian
Tipitina – A masterclass in boogie woogie, jazz and blues featuring the wonderful voice of Debbie Jones.
Friday 12th July 11.00am Victoria Square
And that's just a fraction of what's on offer. Check out the full programme right here.