Edinburgh Festival Carnival and Grassmarket ‘Mardi Gras’ revived as part of the city’s celebration of jazz and blues


The Edinburgh Festival Carnival will return for the first time in three years this summer, opening on the opening weekend of the jazz festival.

Both events will be revived during the opening weekend of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the first of the major summer events to return this year.

More than 130 concerts will be staged at venues across the city during the 10-day festival, which is one of the biggest events of its kind in Europe.

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The jazz and blues extravaganza will be the first of Edinburgh’s major summer events to take place this year after film festival organizers decided to move its dates to August for the first time in 15 years.

Thousands of music fans are expected in the Grassmarket for the return of the hugely popular jazz festival ‘Mardi Gras’ event.

The jazz festival will feature performances in George Square Gardens over its 10 days, as well as the Festival Theatre, Assembly Hall on The Mound, The Roxy, Jazz Bar

Jazz festival organizers promise to bring “a taste of New Orleans” back to the Grassmarket with a three-hour Mardi Gras on Saturday, July 16, which will feature acts like After Hours, Brass Gumbo and Dopesick Fly.

More than 1,000 performers are expected to take part in Edinburgh’s Festival Carnival on Sunday July 17.

Musicians and dancers from Costa Rica, Trinidad, Zambia, the United States, South Africa, the Netherlands, Martinique and France are to parade from the top of The Mound to the western end of Princes Street between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

More than 800 performers will take part in the Edinburgh Festival Carnival when it returns for the first time in three years this summer.

West Princes Gardens will then be transformed for three hours of free entertainment by musicians, dancers and circus performers.

Jazz festival organizers say a mini-carnival will also be staged at the Goodtrees Neighborhood Center in south Edinburgh on July 16, with other out-of-town events planned in the likes of Oxgangs, North Merchiston, Leith, Currie, Granton and Tambour Brae.

Festival favorites Jools Holland, Curtis Stigers, Blind Boy Paxton, Soweto Kinch and Davina and the Vagabonds will all present headline shows this year.

Other international guests include John Scofield, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mud Morganfield, Nubya Garcia, Daniele Raimondi, De Beren Gieren and David Blenkhorn.

The Grassmarket will host the jazz festival’s Mardi Gras event in July.

The festival’s ‘Scottish Jazz Expo’ showcase will feature Fergus McCreadie, Ali Affleck, Colin Steele and Martin Kershaw, Richard Glassby, kitti, Conor Smith and Matthew Kilner.

Jazz Festival President Jason Rust said, “I’m thrilled the festival is back with a program that offers something for everyone at iconic venues around the city.

“I am proud to see us celebrate the history of this art form in Edinburgh while supporting Scotland’s brightest and best young talent.

“I’m also thrilled that we’re continuing to build on the hard work of the past two years by introducing a new digital hub that will stream concerts online for those who can’t attend in person.”

The Edinburgh Festival Carnival returns on July 17. Photo: Jon Savage

Scottish Culture Minister Neil Gray said: “The safe return of the festival to a busy 10-day music festival at venues across Edinburgh is an exciting time for the industry and for audiences.

“I am proud that the £120,000 support from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund will enable the festival to stage world premieres and new collaborations, and support young musicians as they take their first steps on the stage. international.

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