Towering jazz classics will be brought to life alongside a never-before-heard magnum opus and much more in a jam-packed weekend of jazz next month.

The fourth annual Llandudno Jazz Festival will gather many of the best and most celebrated jazz artists the UK has to offer at Bodafon Farm for three days from Friday, July 27 until Sunday 29.

Curated by Colwyn Bay’s resident jazz enthusiast, Neil Yates, the festival’s main stage will take full advantage of its fantastic setting by the sea to present the perfect backdrop for jazz’s heavy-hitters to lead audiences on an unforgettable musical adventure.

Artistic director Yates said: “It’s geared towards your jazz connoisseurs, certainly, but we’ve got a line up that goes right down the middle – nothing too popular and nothing too far out.

“We’re very much in the sweet spot of good classic jazz.”

The main stage of the event will cater directly to jazz purists, with artists such as David Newton, Gilad Atzmon, Alan Barnes, Greg Abate, Tony Kofi, Jim Mullen and Dean Masser performing in the upper courtyard and the hall.

Headline acts for the Friday include sax maestro Alan Skidmore, who will be celebrating almost 60 years to the day in jazz, and the swinging Sara Sings Sarah, seeing Sara Oschlag bring her magnificent talent to recreating the sweet tones of the 1954 album, Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown.

Claire Martin, the multi-award -winning jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 3 presenter, will cap off an amazing Saturday line-up which also features a seven-musician (including Yates) rendition of Oliver Nelson’s towering 1961 album, Blues and the Abstract Truth.

The pièce de résistance of the weekend of jazz grooves will be the première of a brand new suite of music, Tunes from the Chimneys, featuring an octet of Wales and the UK’s top jazz musicians, including Art Themen, Geoff Eales, Liam Byrne, Neil Yates, Clark Tracey, Paula Gardiner, Ben Creighton Griffiths, and Gwyn Evans.

This exciting, never-before-seen piece has been commissioned by the London Jazz Festival – with funding from Ty Cerdd, Arts Council Wales and National Lottery – and is inspired by Dylan Thomas’ readings of his famous play for voices, Under Milk Wood, with a nod to Stan Tracey’s classic jazz album of the same name.

Geoff Burke, co-organiser of the event: "The festival gets better and better ever year. Our artistic director, Neil Yates, continues to bring great jazz for Llandudno fans.”

In addition to the stacked bill of jazz’s finest, more casual fans can enjoy a line-up of gypsy jazz, blues and soul at the festival’s second (and cheaper) 'Fringe stage', making the weekend truly accessible for all.

The event will provide full facilities for campers. There will also be a circular-saw barbecue, a terrace café, full bar services and an outdoor wood fired pizza oven. There’s plenty for the kids to enjoy too, including the giant fort, pony rides and face-painting.

For a great atmosphere and even better grooves, head to Bodafon Farm from midday on Friday, July 27.

Full festival tickets are £138 and Fringe tickets £27 for the weekend, with day tickets also available. To book, or for more information, visit