Free festival of blues and jazz music in Plymouth this weekend

This weekend, Plymouth’s Barbican will be filled with the sounds of smooth blues and swinging jazz as the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival returns for its fourth year.

The festival, organised by Plymouth City Council, runs from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August and starts at 12pm each day.

The main stage on The Parade will welcome 21 talented bands and musicians across the three days. Completely free to attend, visitors are welcome to relax with a drink from one of the nearby cafes and bars, or dance the night away on the cobbled streets.

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith, said: “The Ocean City Blues ‘n Jazz Festival is a fantastic opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy some of the region’s best musicians in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Barbican – all for free.”

There’s a range of musical genres on offer, including funk, folk, acoustic and rock, as well as a variety of jazz and blues styles. 


Full festival programme

Friday 9 August

12pm              Jeremy Huggett’s Band of Gold

1.15pm           Steve Dow & Martin Jenkins

2.30pm           Swingology

3.45pm           Gozer Goodspeed

5pm                Caddick and Parkes

6.30pm           Adam Sweet Band

7.45pm           Benny Guitar Carr

9pm                Smokey’s King Shufflers

10pm                          Finish

Saturday 10 August

12pm              Magnolia Jazz Band       

1.15pm           Jack Cookson

2.30pm           La Vie En Rose

3.45pm           Sons of the Delta

5pm                Jazz Lounge

6.30pm           Jessica and the Rabbits

7.45pm           Jeff ‘the Horse’ Horsey

9pm                Russell Sinclair

10pm              Finish

Sunday 11 August

12pm              Ronnie Jones Quartet

1.15pm           Rob C Force

2.30pm           Common As Kings

3.45pm           UK Meltones

5pm                Andy Quick Band

6pm                            Finish

Find out more about the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival at