Australians love their jazz, and almost every major centre in the country has some sort of jazz festival or another. Having lots of festivals has been great for the jazz music scene in Australia, and provides fantastic opportunities for up and coming musicians to get a gig, as well as a way to showcase some of the superstars of jazz to the general public. There are dozens of jazz festivals across Australia, with the following just a few of the more lively variety.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival First held in 1998, the Melbourne International Jazz festival is guaranteed to put on a lively show, as this amazing event showcases dozens of acts from Australia and around the world. This 10-day festival is held at various locations across the city, providing a good chance to not only hear great live jazz, but also to check out some of Melbourne’s best venues for live music.
Noosa Jazz Festival The sleepy town of Noosa comes alive in a big way in September, with the onset of the Noosa Jazz Festival. For just over 20 years this fantastic event has had the whole town jumping in the spring, with a line up that always includes a few big international stars. There are also some fantastic holiday houses in Noosa for rent, as well as other options for short-term accommodation in Noosa, so you can easily turn your jazz visit into a full-fledged holiday.
Adelaide East End International Jazz Festival This up-and-coming, sophisticated city can definitely put on a good festival, and there’s no better place to enjoy some jazz than the beautiful parks and gardens of Adelaide. This festival usually takes place in October and always provides a big surprise or breakthrough performance.
Manly Jazz Festival There has always been a good jazz scene in Sydney, and that goes for both sides of the bridge, with Manly putting on a very respectable jazz festival each year in the spring. Everything is better by the beach and jazz music is no different; this festival is a perfect combination of lively music and stunning scenery.
Clarence Street Jazz Festival Hobart puts on a surprisingly lively jazz festival considering the small size of the city, with six days of jazz making fantastic use of Hobart’s beautiful downtown, parkland and waterfront areas. The ‘Jazz Lounge’, set in a 200-year-old barn, is always one of the most popular venues, as its intimacy allows you to get up close to the action.
Brisbane Jazz Festival You can be bopping, jumping and jiving for 14 straight days when the Brisbane Jazz Festival kicks into gear in late October. Just as the weather is getting nice, there’s nothing better than starting to get your groove on a little, so head to Brisbane for some of the country’s best live jazz.
Broadbeach Jazz Festival Another perfect combination of great live music and stunning scenery, it’s hard to imagine a better setting for a jazz festival than the Gold Coast, and it’s well set up with hotels and accommodation for those visiting from out of town. So come to Broadbeach, where you can spend your days lazing on the beach, and your nights dancing to live jazz music.