FESTIVAL NEWS: ‘Big Noise’ workshops kick off Marsden Jazz Festival

Children at this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival are being challenged to make the biggest noise they can during the Saturday street parade.


Special ‘Big Noise’ workshops are taking place during the next two weekends where children will be able to make their own noisy instruments from recycled household items.

They will then be able to take part in the festival’s ‘Big Noise’ parade at midday on Saturday 8 October, alongside three of the UK’s leading street bands – Orkestra del Sol, The Firm and Tongues of Fire – and a ‘mad musical machine’.

The free workshops are taking place between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, and again on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October. You can turn up at any time.

A special child-friendly gig – Monster Music Improv – will also be taking place at Standedge Tunnel Visitors’ Centre at 2pm on Sunday 9 October where live cartoons and live jazz will be mixed together.

Cartoonist Patrick Sanders will be drawing cartoons, projected onto a big screen, to accompany improvised performances by outstanding guitarist and technology whizz Shane Latimer and Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year 2016 Lauren Kinsella.

Tickets cost £6 and are available at www.marsdenjazzfestival.com/whats-on.

The full line-up for MJF can also be found on the same page.

Festival Producer Barney Stevenson said:

“One of the things that makes the festival so unique is that it’s a really family-friendly weekend.

“We’ll be holding workshops in the run-up to the festival where we’re challenging children to make the noisiest instruments they can, and then take part in what promises to be an amazing parade this year with a few surprises thrown in as well.

“We’ll also have live music in Marsden Park throughout the weekend as well as an artisan market, and the Monster Music Improv gig on Sunday afternoon should be really fun and different.”

Over 100 gigs will be taking place during the 25th Marsden Jazz Festival, including over 80 free gigs and events as well as performances by internationally-acclaimed artists.

Jazz legend Digby Fairweather appeared at Marsden’s first jazz festival in 1992 and tickets for his ‘Rocking in Rhythm’ show alongside BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones for the 25th festival have already sold out.

Tickets for the other headline gigs at this year’s festival, which is being supported by Yorkshire Water and Arts Council England, are also selling well and festival goers are being encouraged to buy tickets in advance rather than waiting until the weekend itself.

Marsden Jazz Festival was named ‘Outstanding Established Festival’ at the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Awards 2015, and thousands of music lovers make their way to Marsden by train, bus, car and narrow boat every year for the festival weekend.

This year’s Marsden Jazz Festival is taking place between Friday 7 and Sunday 9 October 2016. Tickets are on sale now and can booked online at www.marsdenjazzfestival.com, by calling 0800 6125 649 (10am-4pm, Monday-Friday), or at the jazz festival office in the library at Marsden Mechanics (10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday).

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