Looking for a weekend of live music in London, absolutely free of charge? Well, you’ve found it! Feel the beat at Canary Wharf’s free jazz festival, taking place this 19th and 20th August, with an array of live musical entertainment showcasing smooth sounds all day long each day from 2-10pm. We’ve got all the details below!
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Canary Wharf Jazz Festival: Jazz with Pizzazz
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AH
Saturday 19th August 2-10pm / Sunday 20th August 2.15-9pm
Time to jazz up your weekend this August, because Canary Wharf are treating Londoners to a full two days of fanfaring funk in the form of their free jazz festival, Jazz with Pizzazz! Hosted in Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park, the festival has a wide assortment of jazz extrordinaires lined up with some of the UK’s most of-the-moment jazz artists on the bill.
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With a line-up to rival a 1920’s jazz bar in the heart of 1920s New Orleans, visitors will be treated to the silky, distinctive sounds of the Rob Barren Quintet and young jazz artist Poppy Ajudha, as well as the likes of the raucous Riot Jazz Brass Band who are headlining the Saturday night stage. Riot Jazz’s unique twist of soul, hip-hop and downright dirty jazz will certainly have you dancing to their awesome array of funked-up favourites! Their 9-piece ensemble of ‘Balkan-to-Brookyn brass-boosted bounce’ is a show you don’t want to miss. Closing the show on Sunday is the London-based Melt Yourself Down, a showstopping African twist on jazz with a punky punch.
Plan your days around your favourite artists in advance, as the line-up for the weekend is all set:
Saturday 19th August
2-3.15pm: Rob Barron Quintet
3.45–4.30pm: Poppy Ajudha
5–6.15pm: Omar Puente Sextet
6.45–8pm: Mammal Hands
8.30-10pm: Riot Jazz Brass Band
Sunday 20th August
2.15–3.30pm: Luna Cohen and Rob Luft
4–5.15pm: Wild Card
5.45–7pm: The Comet is Coming
7.30–9pm: Melt Yourself Down
Image: Riot Jazz Brass Band
If you’re going to make a day of it, Canary Wharf is the perfect destination for a day out with over 300 shops, bars and restaurants to visit between performances. There’ll also be a couple of great street food offerings at your service during the jazz festival; top Turkish toastie pioneers TOST and Japanese gohan goodies from Pochi. Canary Wharf is easily accessible from Stratford for us East Londoners – just a 12 minute journey on the Jubilee line!
The Jazz Festival is part of Canary Wharf’s wider diverse arts and events programme, featuring a variety of performances, events and exhibitions hosted in the heart of Canary Wharf.
Find out more about the jazz festival on the Canary Wharf website, or look out for any updates from @YourCanaryWharf and the official event hashtag #CWJazzFestival on Twitter. You can also check out the full Canary Wharf arts and events programme here.