FRINGE EVENTS – @Brecon Jazz Club-Monthly & Festival 2024-25


The annual Brecon Jazz Festival and the ‘Frazz’ Carnival Parade is usually organised over the second weekend in August, although in recent years the Jazz Festival has extended across the month of August, proving very popular with visitors and businesses alike. From around 2005, ‘Fringe’ events have grown up around the Festival (a Baroque Fringe event also takes place during the 2nd week in October). However, ‘Brecon Jazz’ should not be confused with the ‘Fringe’, which is more a series of open-access events, where every kind of performer and acts are organised and funded independently by local landlords, some venue owners or just individuals. It all adds to the overall atmosphere of the weekend though.

Many of the gigs in pubs, and bistros etc are often the same regulars who return each year, but basically anyone can put on an event to take part in the Brecon Fringe. The ‘Fringe’ has by design no formal structure or organisation, but bands have been able to find a source of information from independently operated websites and social media. Brecon Jazz helps, advise and promote jazz and cross-over performers as part of alternative programming. However, our advice if you are consider yourself to be ‘fringe’ musician or band, is to contact the venues directly yourselves.

Third party contractors are often engaged to manage and control a town centre street closure, which helps to provide a festive atmosphere to the whole weekend. Street traders, and exhibitions can contact us or the contractors direct for information about availability/costs of stalls and trade stand locations.

JAZZ on the FRINGE programming has had over 30 performances, where the Festival organisers have expanded the Jazz street entertainment – download programme HERE

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“The beauty of Brecon is the sheer variety of music on offer, covering all jazz styles from trad to the avant garde. Also the way that the Festival takes over the whole town still makes it something truly special” Jazz Mann 2008

"Whatever your strategy, Brecon Jazz delivers, thanks to its geography and programming"John L Walters. The Guardian 2011

"Yes, it’s had its ups and downs, every bit as dramatic as the Beacons which rise above it, but the Brecon Jazz Festival has learned some tough survival skills as a result".  Peter Bacon, UK Jazz News 2018

"Virtual BJF2020 - Considering the obstacles associated with the pandemic, it was the triumph of organisation and technical expertise over limitation – so much so that while one might have wanted the real thing, its substitute may well develop a life of its own".  Nigel Jarrett, Wales Arts Review 2020

"The classic Brecon weekend is 9-11 August but there are several other excellent events around the festival this year including family jazz and dance on the first weekend and a film and jazz focus on the last". Tim Dickeson, Jazzwise 2024


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