Great North Big Band Jazz Festival returning to Sunderland

The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival returns to the University of Sunderland.
The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival returns to the University of Sunderland.
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The trumpets will sound as a big band festival returns to Sunderland.

The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival is heading back to the University of Sunderland for the 13th year.

With more than 600 musicians taking part over the weekend, we are looking forward to another exciting and outstanding festival this year.

Festival director, Bill Watson

A record number of performers are signed up to take part.

Staged at the University of Sunderland’s North Shore Venue, at St Peter’s, a record 32 big bands with 700 performers will take to the stage, during the weekend of March 4 to 6.

The festival will open on Friday evening at 8pm with a big band concert featuring the leading North East big band, Musicians Unlimited.

On Saturday, from 11am, 14 senior bands will perform in a competition, followed by an evening concert, from 7pm.

On Sunday the festival continues from 11am when nine school bands from across the country will perform, followed by the youth section at 4pm.

Festival director, Bill Watson, said: “With more than 600 musicians taking part over the weekend, we are looking forward to another exciting and outstanding festival this year.”

Over the years the festival has attracted more than 200 bands, with more than 4,000 performers playing to more than 10,000 people on the banks of the Wear, making it now the largest Big Band Festival in the UK held under one roof.

Admission costs £10 for the weekend, or free for children under 16, and can be bought on the door.

Free parking is available at the venue.