The wonderful Aberjazz Festival celebrates the best of Jazz and Blues, and is held in various venues around Fishguard and the surrounding area. The festival lights up this wonderfully atmospheric Pembrokeshire town in the Wild West of Wales over the Bank Holiday weekend. The atmosphere is electric as the event takes over the town's venues and streets for a four-night extravaganza.
Once again, this year they have a fantastic line up which is a diverse blend of jazz, blues and everything in between. Expect a full programme of events in the character venue of Ffwrn with too many acts to mention, plus the usual quality events in their intimate jazz cafe, Peppers, and events in Theatr Gwaun, as well as many fringe events in the pubs in the twin towns. This year the festival celebrates on the theme of The Jazz Age Centenary.
Expect a party atmosphere as the town and its environs comes to life with live music in the pubs, and busking in the streets. This is carnival weekend in Fishguard and Aberjazz keeps it going for five days.
Aberjazz is a community group run by volunteers who work hard to promote live music in the twin towns of Fishguard and Goodwick as well as the immediate surrounding area. It was originally formed to put on an annual Jazz festival which was changed to include blues and new music so as to widen the appeal. They now promote live music events throughout the year in the area through their club and other music events culminating in the Fishguard Jazz and Blues festival in August. Aberjazz is now well established as part of Pembrokeshire’s music scene.
Here's what they say about the 2022 Event:
"This year is the 19th Fishguard Jazz & Blues festival continuing our celebration of 100 years of jazz and blues and we hope you will enjoy this year's programme.
The festival runs from 25th to 29th August with ticketed events in Ffwrn, Peppers, Theatr Gwaun and the Yacht Club in Lower Town. Throughout the town the Aberjazz Fringe will bring music to the pubs, cafes and restaurants. This year out headline act is Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders. There are a number of free workshops over the weekend, on the Saturday in Fishguard Library can take part in a welsh language singing workshop, or in Ffwrn you can make your own 3 string guitar made from a broom handle and a biscuit tin (there is a small charge for strings etc). Take a look at our programme for details of all the workshops.
On Sunday you can experience the Aberjazz parade, led by our own dragon. This is a chance for everyone to dress up and join in the fun as the parade weaves its way through the town into the Market Hall. The Market Hall will be open from 11am to 7pm with buskers, an arts and crafts fare, drinks and street food and younger Aberjazzers can help Francesca make musical instruments from recycled materials for the parade. The parade itself starts at 4pm in the Gorsedd Circle Penslade where Idris the dragon will be joined by Welsh marching band Wonderbrass."
Check out the Aberjazz Festival Details