23rd, 24th, 25th September

The Margate Jazz Festival, now in its 11th year, was founded by David Mossman, cofounder of the legendary Vortex Jazz Club in London’s Dalston. Past Margate Jazz Festivals have featured Christine Tobin, Courtney Pine, Evan Parker, John Etheridge, Emilia Martensson, Carol Grimes, Ian Shaw, Juan Perez Rodriguez, Michael J McEvoy, Monica Vasconcelos, Annie Whitehead, Jim Mullen, Paul Booth, Phil Robson,  Henry Lowther and Steve Waterman.

At this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2015 headliner, Emilia Martensson, was awarded Jazz Vocalist of the Year and our headliner from the year before, Evan Parker, received a special award for his contribution to jazz.


The Lifeboat Ale and Cider House Margate


As a developing centre for arts and entertainment, Margate provides a natural backdrop for the jazz festival. Venues such as Morgans, Orby’s, The Lifeboat, The Glass Jar, to name a few, are all perfect for that live music experience.

Margate’s original success as a destination for pleasure-seekers from London, th rest of Kent and Essex still holds a certain magic. Our aim in staging the jazz festival here is to enhance and amplify that quality and provide jazz and music-lovers with a memorable experience.