The annual Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend is one of the UK's most highly regarded small jazz festivals, attracting jazz fans and top-quality musicians from all around the world to play at over 25 gigs and events at various venues in Newport. This years festival is from the 31 May-3 June 2018.
The Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend, now in its sixth year promises to be bigger and better. Featuring 16 different gigs spread over 4 days at various venues in the county market town of Newport, every style of jazz is featured so its a must for all jazz fans across the UK.
The event is non-profit making and is organised by local volunteers and musicians. Each year in addition to the main acts themselves there are workshops and free "fringe" events involving local musicians so you too can get involved.
Newport Jazz Weekend - 2018 Programme
Acts announced so far:
BBC Big Band ⚛ Claire Martin ⚛ Derek Nash ⚛ Skinner Skelton All Stars ⚛ Picante ⚛ Karen Sharp Quartet ⚛ Sara Dowling Quartet ⚛ Feddie Gavita Quartet ⚛ The Alleycats ⚛ George Mancio's Quadro ⚛ Craig Milverton/Bruce Adams ⚛ Andrew McCormack & Jaon Yarde ⚛ Nick Page Quintet ⚛ IW Youth Jazz Orchestra ⚛ Prohibition Jazz ⚛ Urban Nomads
Getting to the Newport Jazz Weekend is easy from Southampton.
By car - catch the hourly vehicle ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes, the journey will take 55-60 minutes. Upon arrival, head south on Dover Rd following the A3021 and A3054, Fairlee Road to Newport. The journey will take about 15 minutes.
On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes from Terminal 2 in Southampton, On arrival in West Cowes, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses from West Cowes to Newport (service 1). Taxis are also available outside the East & West Cowes terminals. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from either terminal if you tell them your arrival time.