The summer trickles by, the sun sizzles on (touch wood) and the Jazz is rolling in to town. Jazz. Nice.

Taking place on Albert Square, this year’s Manchester Jazz Festival (the nineteenth, might I add) returns this month between the 18th and 27th and brings with it an abundance of talent. Musical happenings will take place all across Manchester in venues varying from the (finally completed) Central Library to Matt and Phred’s.

For ten days, Manchester will be taken over by the world, pop, brass, rockability, folk, ska and chill tones of a city engulfed by the coolest of musical genres.

Lots of the concerts from some of the 88 artists showcasing over the festival will be free, and punctuated by afternoon teas.

Some of the bands to perform in one of the eight venues will be original performers to the festival, other will be international artists, while some are to be introduced as new talents in the industry.

Tasty food will be on offer across all conceivable cuisines, with the popular Midland afternoon tea retuning. Watch out for the drool-inducing Thai Street Food by Chaophraya Manchester, offering healthy spring rolls, fish cakes, pad thai and prawn masaman.

Is there many better ways to celebrate summer? We don’t think so.



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