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All That Jazz
It's back bigger and better for 2019, the annual Castlemaine Jazz Festival to be stage over the Queen's Birthday Long-weekend from Friday 7th to Monday 10th June.
Now in its 6th year 2019 will see more than 50 bands and an estimated 300 musicians performing at multiple venues in and around Castlemaine. The program will include trad jazz through the 20's and 30's, the big band era, bebop, jazz fusion and the more contemporary styles.
Don't miss the opportunity to be part of one of Victoria's iconic music festivals at the 2019 Castlemaine Jazz Festival.
Performers will include Melbourne's 18-piece Low Down Big Band, Castlemaine's Goldfields Jazz Orchestra, The Seven Ups, world-renowned Gambian vocalist Usupha Ngum and his African fusion group The Affia Band.
Venues include Maurocco Bar, Phee Broadway, Castlemaine Senior Citizens, theatre Royal Run Rabbit Run and the Cumberland Hotel.
As a special fundraiser Buda, in conjunction with the Castlemaine Jazz Festival, will present a special twilight evening with the incomparable CHONK on Sunday 9th June commencing at 5 PM.
CHONK is one of Melbourne's top swing bands showcasing the music of Count Basie and the Benny Goodman sextet.
Visitors to the festival will be able to feast on trad jazz, the big band sound, bebop, jazz fusion and more contemporary styles.
For the first time in 2019, the Castlemaine Jazz Festival is selling discounted 'Early Bird Tickets'. Save yourself money by purchasing your tickets online at www.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au right up until the 6th June.
Early Bird Tickets for the full weekend cost Adults $105, Concession $75 and Youth $35. Friday night only costs Adults $50, Concession $35 and Youth $20. Saturday and Sunday coast Adults $75, Concession $55 and Youth $25. That's a saving of $10 on similar tickets purchased at the event.
Concession rates apply to pensioners or current Health Care Card holders (not to Seniors Card), participating musicians' partners and/or guardians. The Youth pass applies to youngsters aged to 12 to 20 years. Children under 12 are free.
The spotlight will be on more than 50 bands and 300 musicians this Queen's Birthday Long Weekend at the annual Castlemaine Jazz Festival.
Getting There …..
Castlemaine is 129-Kilometres northwest of Melbourne, about a 90-minute drive via the Calder Freeway/M79.
Alternatively VLine run regular fast and efficient rail services between Melbourne (Southern Cross) and Castlemaine on the Bendigo line.
Cost:Early Bird Tickets for the full weekend cost Adults $105, Concession $75 and Youth $35. Friday night only costs Adults $50, Concession $35 and Youth $20. Saturday and Sunday cost Adults $75, Concession $55 and Youth $25.