Do B&R readers know anyone from these places?

Blackburn – Abingdon – Newton Abbott – Sheffield – Exeter – Worcester – Brentford – Hove – Middlesborough – Evesham – Reading – Harpenden – Slough – Wolverhampton – Bridgnorth – London –  Colchester – Prenton – Horsham – Leicester – Bristol – Fleet – Oxford – Hitchin – Bromley – Canterbury – Manchester – Coleford – Derby – Carshalton – Lancaster – Melton Mowbray – Portishead – Birmingham – Leominster – Stockport – Winchester – Reading – Stockport – Andover – Gloucester – Banstead – Somerset – St Albans –  Drybrook – Smethwick – Willenhall – Tring – Shrewsbury – Tunbridge Wells…

Because these are just some of the places, the towns and cities from all over the UK, of people who love Brecon. They are leaving their lovely homes for a weekend in August.  Wonder why?

They’re coming to Brecon for the Jazz Festival, now in its 34th year!  Are you?

No wonder they love Brecon.  It’s the place, the spaces, the welcome, the music – the jazz! Maybe readers have friends coming too? 

What about Wales!!

Well our friends across the Welsh counties are very well represented too, travelling from many corners and routes into Brecon… we’ve sold tickets to them all!

Aberystwyth – Carmarthen -– Oswestry – Denbigh – Swansea – Port Talbot – Llandrindod Wells – Pontypridd – Newport – Llangorse -Blackwood – Cardiff – Tredegar – Neath – Penarth – Talgarth – Raglan – Govilon  – Sennybridge – Cwmbran – Mountain Ash – Llandysul – Abergavenny – Pontyclun – Abercynon – Hay-on-Wye – oh and of course, Brecon itself.

We’ve even attracted some visitors from Europe.

When they arrive…

The Jazz Festival team will be ready to welcome everyone, with ‘STREETSCENE’ – music in the Bulwark, street traders and stalls, exhibition and information in the Guildhall, fun activities for little fans, and even a mini car show (weather permitting). Music will include jazz, blues, choirs, jive and swing.  If you fancy a try yourself, join our ‘INSTANT JAZZ’ music and improvisation workshop with Rod Paton of LifeMusic on Friday (2-4pm in the Muse, £10). There are headline Concerts too – starting at the Castle Hotel on Friday and closing at the Wellington Hotel on Sunday… but hurry as the whole programme is almost all sold out.

All these events are put on by a small team working to recreate the ‘Festival Feeling’ In Brecon, by Brecon, for Brecon. For Help or Information email:

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