Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival venue guide 2017

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Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (14-23 July 2017) is set to get the city dancing once again, with a fantastic range of different musical styles across over 170 gigs. The music isn't the only diverse part either, with the range of venues both big and small offering some great places to enjoy some top tunes. 

The venues are: Festival Theatre | West Princes Street Gardens Spiegeltent | Rose Theatre | George Square | The Jazz Bar | Heriot's Rugby Club | Traverse Cafe Bar | Open Air Events

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Festival Theatre 

This gorgeous grand Victorian hall is a truly luxurious place to enjoy some of the biggest name acts at this year's Jazz & Blues Festival. From its stunning chandelier to its plush red carpets and comfortable chairs, the Festival Theatre is one of the city's finest venues. 

Festival gigs at this venue (no. 1 on map) include:

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West Princes Street Gardens Spiegeltent: The Paradiso

A new venue for 2017, this spectacular wooden Spiegeltent will be at the heart of the Jazz & Blues Festival with no fewer than 40 gigs taking place. The venue will be dramatically situated at the foot of Edinburgh Castle rock, and offer Art Deco stylings, stained glass windows, and comfortable booths surrounding the main rows of seating. 

Festival gigs at this venue (no. 2 on map) include:

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Rose Theatre, Basement and Main Auditorium

The recently refurbished Rose Theatre is set to be a fantastic mid-scale venue for Edinburgh city centre, and the Jazz & Blues Festival will stage some of the first events at this converted church. Utilising both the horseshoe-shaped main auditorium and the venue's basement, audiences will get an early chance to see inside this exciting new city venue. 

Festival gigs at these venues (no. 3 on map) include:

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George Square, Piccolo and Spiegeltent

Another location with two venues, George Square is a gloriously leafy space in the heart of the University of Edinburgh's central campus. The Piccolo is a Dutch "Kermis-circus" tented venue, offering a close-up and intimate music experience, while the Spiegeltent is larger, with a similar booths-around-a-central-area setup as at its West Princes Street Gardens counterpart. 

Festival gigs at these venues (no. 4 on map) include:

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The Jazz Bar

A brilliantly cool, New York-style basement jazz hangout in the heart of the city, the Jazz Bar is an Edinburgh institution. It's wonderfully atmospheric, and a great place to get dancing to some hot beats, or chill out to the smoothest sounds at a candlelit table or in the alcove seats which surround the dancefloor. 

Festival gigs at this venue (no. 5 on map) include:

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Heriot's Rugby Club

Normally the venue for the home games of one of Scotland's senior rugby clubs, for the Jazz & Blues Festival, the clubhouse is transformed into a cabaret-style location for two Festival gigs. Situated in the north of the city, it's the least central of the Festival's venues, but still one you should 'try' to get to. 

Image above left courtesy of Heriot's Rugby Club

Festival gigs at this venue (no. 6 on map) include:

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Traverse Cafe Bar, Traverse Theatre

Normally the pre- and post-show place to be when attending a show at Scotland's New Writing Theatre, the underground Traverse Cafe Bar is sure to be a great place to catch a gig or two this July.  There's one show per night here, with all but one of them starting at 8pm.

Shows at the Traverse Cafe Bar are presented in partnership with the Soundhouse Organisation.

Festival gigs at this venue (no. 7 on map) include:

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Open air events

The opening weekend of the Jazz & Blues Festival is marked by two huge free events taking place in two of Edinburgh's most iconic spots. 

  • The Mardi Gras (M on map) packs the Grassmarket with huge crowds eager to enjoy the music at four performance areas spread across the Old Town plaza
  • The Edinburgh Festival Carnival (crown on map) sees a parade of brightly coloured acrobats, musicians, puppeteers and dancers making their way down the Mound, along Princes Street and into Princes Street Gardens for more performances. 

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival runs from 14-23 July 2017 and tickets are on sale now. Find out more about the Jazz and Blues Festival, including links to programs and ticketing details.

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