Bath International Music Festival

Bath International Music Festival 2014
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Bath International Music Festival 2014

Bath, England, UK
various city-wide
51.380567, -2.358338 (View Map)
11 Days (Tue, 16 May 2017 - Fri, 26 May 2017)
Ticket Price
FREE - £28
Festival Planned

The Bath Music Festival is a 11 day, city-wide, music festival this year taking place mid to late May 2014. The festival has been going strong since 1948 and is host to a wide variety of different musical genres including contemporary jazz, folk, world, orchestral and electronica. This years theme: Voyage of Discovery.

Whilst probably not the most well known jazz festival in the UK, the Bath International Music Festival features some of the nations finest musicians, some of which you would have heard or seen before, others being emerging artists and students from local universities and collages looking to get recognized. You will also find a number of international artists performing at this years festival but not nearly as many as I’ve seen with other jazz fests of similar size.

Many of the festival’s events are free to attend but some do require payment on the door or advance ticket purchase. The first Friday of the festival is the annual ‘Party in the City‘ where roughly 2000 local performers go to the streets to entertain the crowds. All entertainment is free on this day.

The Spring Bank Holiday (26th May) welcomes the ‘Bank Holiday Jazz‘ programme  which opens with a performance by Brass Jaw and Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Stacey Kent. Sunday brings performances by Canada’s the Hutchinson Andrew Trio and in the evening a special performance by one of Finland’s greatest jazz pianists, Iiro Rantala. Full Lineup Here.

Download the official Festival Brochure Here

If you’re looking to hone your music skills you’ll be pleased to hear that, as always, there are a number of master classes, workshops and school events running alongside the event.


Bath Assembly Souvenir Programme

Bath Assembly Souvenir Programme

The Bath International Music Festival was founded in 1948 by impresario Sir Ian Hunter. The festival was originally known as the Bath Assembly.

In 1949 the City of Bath attempted to organize and manage the festival themselves with limited success. In 1950 Ian Hunter was asked back in to help co-ordinate the event and act as artistic director. In 1959, Yehudi Menuhin was appointed Artistic Director of the BIJF, a post he held for 9 years.

During the years 1960 – 2005, Michael Tippett & William Glock were festival directors.

Internationally-renowned pianist, conductor and composer, Joanna MacGregor, has been the Artistic Director since 2006.

From 2013 Alasdair Nicolson has been the artistic director of the festival having been appointed thanks to his success as AD at St Magnus Festival, Orkney.

Since 1981, Bath Fringe Festival has run alongside the Music Festival.

The 2013 festival marked the event’s 65th anniversary.

Lineup & Schedule

The 2014 Bath Music Festival lineup is shown below.

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Tickets for the 2014 Bath Music Festival are available from – Bath Festivals and range in price between FREE –  £28.00 depending on which acts you see. See the above table for specific price info.

You can also order tickets via Bath Box Office: | 01225 463 362


Bath International Music Festival 2014 Venue Map

BIMF Venue Map

The Bath Music Festival is a city-wide music festival hosted in many different participating venues. The main venues are shown below:

The last day of the festival is dedicated to a free outdoor show.

Bank Holiday Jazz – Programme

The Bank Holiday Jazz programme is on again this year and gives jazz fans the chance to enjoy music from internationally renowned performers. You can purchase a Jazz Pass that allows you to select the acts you wish to see and save money over purchasing them individually.

Performers scheduled for this years Bank Holiday Jazz include: Brass Jaw, Stacey Kent, Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Iiro Rantala, Simon Thoumire & David Milligan, Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble.


If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat in and around the festival period but want to go outside of the festival grounds then I would recommend checking out reviews and prices of Bath Restaurants here on The Pig Guide.

Flights & Transportation

Bristol Airport Terminal Map - Ground Floor

Map – Ground Floor

The closest international airport to Bath is Bristol Airport (BRS).

Distance from Bristol to Bath is 20km (12 miles), transport time around 30 minutes in a car or taxi.


Currently 13 airlines operate from Bristol Airport, including:

Thomson Flights (Cheapest)

To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner‘s official search widget below.

Transport options from Bristol to Bath.

Hotels & Accommodation

The cheapest hotel and accommodation options I could find in and around Bath during the Bath Music Festival (mid-late May) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list).

*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***

Hotels Combined

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Bath for as little as £11.85.

Royal Crescent hotel Bath

Easily the nicest hotel in Bath!

Check out the nicest hotel in Bath >>

I would recommend checking Bath hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!

Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Bath Jazz Festival. However, if you really did want to camp, either in a tent or your RV/Motorhome, then you can check out the nearby facilities at Newton Mill Holiday Park or find other campsites at the popular UK Campsites website.


We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the Bath Music Festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.


Video Highlights of the Bath International Music Festival

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Outside of the Festival

West of England Falconry

West of England Falconry

If this is your first time to the Bath Jazz Fest then you might want to take a few days out around the festival period and experience the other highlights that Bath has to offer. I’ve put together a personalized list of the best things to do in Bath, Enjoy!

  1. Learn Falconry with West of England Falconry
  2. Visit the famous Roman Baths Museum
  3. ** Watch a film at the Little Theatre Cinema **
  4. Gaze at the Bath Abbey

If you require any further information on this festival or would like to leave a message for others then please use the comments section below.

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Post last updated by Paul Thomson on May 9, 2016
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