Jazz Festival 2018

Festival Freedom Tickets

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2018

The 9th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival hits the streets of Clitheroe and resounds around the valleys on May Day bank holiday weekend 3rd - 7th May 2018

It showcases the very best of Jazz in all its genres and brings together performers from across the world to the pubs, clubs restaurants and venues in and around Clitheroe. The Grand is proud to be the headline venue for the festival. Over previous years we've seen stars such as Jacqui Dankworth, Lianne Carroll, James Taylor, Courtney Pine, Dennis Rollins, Snake Davis, Stacey Kent, Arun Ghosh and many, many more.

Our full festival programme will be announced in November, but so far we are delighted to have confirmed the fabulous Clare Teal Trio as one of our headline guests (performing on Friday, May 4th).

Once again it is possible for a limited number of festival-goers to purchase Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Freedom tickets. This pass enables you to attend all the festival shows - and save a significant sum when compared with purchasing individual tickets across the weekend.


30 Early Bird tickets are available at £90.00 Adv (non members) £80.00 Adv (Jazz Club members). LAST DAY 10th NOVEMBER -THIS WEEK

From the 11th November they go up to £99 and £89 members until 31st December.

If you were to buy tickets separately it would cost over £140!

These are payable by cheque only, to 'Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues' and will be sold on a "first-come, first-served" basis. You can bring your cheque to The Grand Venue Box Office, (01200 421599) or send it via post to Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, 11 Windsor Avenue, Clitheroe, BB7 1QQ.  

(You will be issued with a proof of purchase and a bespoke Festival Lanyard will be sent to you a month prior to the Festival weekend).

Please read guidance notes below:

Most ticketed and free gigs/workshops/presentations are based in Clitheroe, and easy to walk between. There are a few free gigs in local villages hotels - Sawley, Mitton - If you choose these in your itinerary you will need to access transport.

RV Jazz Festival is larger and more broadly based than ever, giving you excellent choices between paid a free gigs, gigs in specific venues, and gigs that include food.

Our colourful festival brochure is due late February and will be available online but watch out for regular releases of e-newsletters that will include festival updates.

There will be around 500 musicians and 80 gigs, workshops, and presentations during the festival, so recommend browsing through the brochure well in advance, and plan your festival itinerary.

  • Freedom Tickets give free access to most gigs over 5 days of the festival, 3rd to 7th May 2018.
  • A small number of dinner jazz gigs are ticketed separately as indicated in the programme.
  • Freedom passes include access to all other ticketed events throughout the 5 days, headline or fringe events.
  • Access to ticketed events is guaranteed for up to 15 minutes before starting time. Let us know by email to info@rvjazzandblues.co.uk if this timing causes any problems in attendance between gigs. We will make suitable arrangements.

If you want an advance copy of the festival brochure, please send an email to: info@rvjazzandblues.co.uk and give your name, address and postcode. We will post one to you.

We welcome your feedback or recommendations on anything about the festival arrangements. Put ‘Festival Arrangements’ in the email ‘Subject’ box , and forward to: info@rvjazzandblues.co.uk

Only 50 Freedom Passes are available giving special price advantage for early purchase. Freedom Passes are valid for most ticketed gigs, excepting 2 or 3 gigs that include food. Freedom Tickets are excellent value for money!

Geoff Jackson
Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues geoff@rvjazzandblues.co.uk