There are many Jazz festivals that take place each year all over the world, but very few are held in an area as spectacular as the Indonesian island of Bali. For the first time ever, spread out over four days in March 2014, tourists and festival goers can expect to experience the wonders of Jazz, in one of the most inviting climates on the planet.
While this festival is still in its early stages, promoters and organisers plan to make it an annual event that one-day will attract the very best jazz musicians in the world. The result of a team effort; this event has been put together by the Jazz Café Ubud, the Java Jazz Festival and renowned musician Sagon Togasa, who owns the world-famous Ryoshi House of Jazz. With high profile acts from around the world, it’s possible this gig could become a rival for the Montreal Jazz Festival in a just few years’ time.
As the event takes place only days after the Java Jazz Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, organisers are hoping it could become an extension of the festivities and thus encourage visitors to stay in Indonesia for a little longer each year. Their main aim is to elevate the music scene in Bali and hopefully place the island firmly on the map amongst musicians and music lovers alike. Luckily, the Bali Tourism Board has agreed to endorse the event, alongside almost 30 media outlets who’ve committed themselves to covering the activities. This has allowed the festival to gain momentum on the international scene already.
The venues involved in this festival include The Jazz Café Ubud, The Mozaic Beach Club, The Ryoshi House of Jazz, SOS Anantara Seminyak, The Uma Cucina, The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa and The Hard Rock Café to name but a few. Attendees will be excited to learn the final day also includes a huge open-air concert suitable for around 5000 music fans at the Taman Bhagawan Event Venue. This runs from 2pm until 12am and is sure to blow even the most skeptical Jazz listener away.
There are no less than six internationally recognisable bands playing on this final day, alongside many local bands and musicians across two stages. Many acts confirmed early for this year’s show, and you can find the details online by simply searching for “Bali Jazz Festival lineup”. To give just a taster, attendees will be treated to the Earth Wind & Fire Experience Featuring Al McKay, Tania Maria, The Rio Sidik Quartet, Jim Larkin & The Saucy Soul Band, plus many, many more.
So, if you’re looking to experience something a little different during March 2014 or even if you’re planning ahead for next year’s festival, you really can’t go wrong with a short trip over to the Indonesian island of Bali. When you do decide to visit this fabulous island, be sure to check out GHM’s luxury hotels and resorts in Bali.
IMAGE CREDITS: Bali Live Festival