Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022: dates, tickets, lineup including Gregory Porter, and who is on free stage?

Free outdoor live performances, tasty food and drink stalls, and a great lineup of Jazz musicians - Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022 has arrived.

Renowned for its amazing festival atmosphere, as well as being one of the greatest pure celebrations of jazz music in the world - The Cheltenham Jazz Festival is back with a bang in 2022.

It is known as a hub that brings thousands of music fans together, with an estimate of 20,000 getting in the Jazz swing at each event.

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The festival is produced in association with BBC Radio 2.

The 2022 event is very special as it marks the 25th edition.

Here is everything you need to know about the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022.

When is the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022?

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022 is already underway as it started on Wednesday, 27 April.

The six-day event is set to go on through May bank holiday weekend, which is expected to be a cloudy and dull one in terms of weather.

It is set to conclude on May Day, which in 2022 falls on Monday, 2 May.

How do I get tickets to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022?

Tickets are still available to be purchased in order to attend the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2022.

To book a ticket online, you will need to set up a Cheltenham Festivals online account, which you can do via the official website.

You will then be allowed to purchase tickets to specific Jazz musicians that perform throughout the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022.

Entry can range from totally free to as much as £70 depending on the artist - for a full list of the live performances and their prices, visit the What’s On Jazz page.

What is the line-up?

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival is known to boast a trade-mark annual lineup that consists of some of the best jazz musicians in the world.

In past events, the festival has had the likes of Randy Crawford, Nubya Garcia, Kamasi Washington, and many other big names perform live.

There is always a nice blend of established international jazz icons with up-and-coming fresh new artists.

This is still the case in the line-up for the 2022 event, which features artists such as:

  • Joanne Shaw Taylor 
  • Corinne Bailey Rae 
  • Smitty’s Hot Five
  • BAM!
  • Lady Blackbird
  • James Bay
  • Gregory Porter
  • Jamie Cullen
  • Paloma Faith
  • and many more!

For details about the full line-up, visit the official website.

What artists will be performing on the free stage?

During the event, there will be a free stage which will feature live performances from jazz artists for no additional cost.

The free-stage line-up for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival is as follows:

  • Alex Hitchcock
  • The Fabulous Red Diesel
  • Swing From Paris
  • Will Rees-Jones
  • Ben Cipolla
  • Lucy Bell
  • St Barbe
  • Maisie Gaffney
  • Namywa
  • and many more

For more details about the acts that perform on the Cheltenham Jazz Festival free stage, as well the times for each performance, take a look at the free digital programme for the event.

Where is the Cheltenham Jazz Festival being held and how can I get there from Bristol?

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022 is set to take place in various entertainment venues across the six days of jazz-fueled fun.

Here are the following venues that are known to host Cheltenham Festivals:

  • Cheltenham College Chapel, GL 53 7LD
  • Cheltenham Town Hall, GL50 1QA
  • Everyman Theatre, GL50 1HQ
  • Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
  • Helix Theatre, GL50 1QA
  • Henry Weston’s Big Top
  • Jazz Arena, GL50 1UW
  • The Daffodil, GL50 2AE

If you are travelling to this event from Bristol, there are a number of different travel options available.

Bristol is around 42 miles away from Cheltenham, but according to Rome2Rio, the recommended way to travel is by train.

Not only is it the fastest with a 38 minute direct journey, but the cost can range from as cheap as £17 - to check train schedules and book a journey, visit the Great Western Railway Service website.

Whilst travelling by car will only take you around 45 minutes, a taxi will cost you between £90 to £110, or you might vouch for a one-hour bus journey priced at between £5 to £7 using National Express.

The options to get to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022 from Bristol are endless.