The annual Brecon Jazz Festival and the ‘Frazz’ Carnival Parade usually takes place over the second weekend in August, although in recent years extending the Jazz Festival across the month of August has proved popular with visitors and busineses alike. Since around 2005 a ‘Brecon Fringe’ has grown up around the Jazz Festival (a Baroque Fringe event also takes place during the 2nd week in October). The Jazz ‘Fringe’ is an open-access series of events, where performers and acts are organised and funded by local landlords, various venue owners or individuals.
Many of the gigs in pubs, and cafes etc are often the same regulars who return each year, but theoretically anyone can put on an event to take part in the Brecon Fringe. Brecon Jazz Club can help advise and promote quality jazz and cross-over performers as part of this programme. As far as we know the ‘Fringe’ has no formal structure or organisation, but bands have also been able to find a source of information from independently operated websites . Our advice if you are a ‘fringe’ musician or band, is to contact the venues directly.
Third party contractors are sometimes engaged to manage and control a town centre street closure, which helps to provide a festive atmosphere to the whole weekend. Street traders should also contact the contractors (epm) direct for information about availability of stall locations, for example.
This years JAZZ on the FRINGE had over 30 performances, as the Festival organisers have expanded the Jazz street entertainment – download programme HERE