Fest Jazz 2017
Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Brittany, Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July
Fest Jazz, which takes place between 28th - 30th July, returns for its 13th edition this year. The three day festival is held every year on the banks of the River Aulne at Châteauneuf-du-Faou in one of the most beautiful parts of Brittany.
Fest Jazz has a fantastic atmosphere with a mix of generations enjoying the music and dancing, the scenery, and of course, the food and the wine.
Ferry crossing plus ticket offer
Brittany Ferries have once again teamed up with the event organisers to offer a special ferry offer plus reduced entry to the festival. Simply click here to purchase online or produce your Brittany Ferries travel ticket at the festival entrance.
|Car (5m long x 1.83m high) plus two passengers||£199 return|
|Additional passengers in vehicle||£40 return|
|Wednesday 26th 15:00 (cabins available)|
|Plymouth - Roscoff||Thursday 27th 08:00 or 20:45 (cabins available for both)|
Friday 28th 07:30 (cabins available)
|Portsmouth - St Malo||Thursday 27th 20:15 (reserved seats only)|
|All Routes France to UK||Monday 31st July or Tuesday 1st August|
|On board accommodation extra. Supplements apply for larger/overheight vehicles.|
|Friday (On the day)||18€ per person (instead of 20€)|
|Friday (In advance)||16€ per person (instead of 18€)|
|Saturday (On the day)||23€ per person(instead of 26€)|
|Saturday (In advance)||21€ per person(instead of 23€)|
|Sunday (On the day)||23€ per person (instead of 26€)|
|Sunday (In advance)||21€ per person (instead of 23€)|
|Weekend Stroller (Fri, Sat & Sun)||50€ per person (instead of 59€)|
|Children under 16, accompanied by their parents, free admission!|
Reduced rates available for students with ID.
|To book these reduced festival tickets please click here or present your Brittany Ferries ticket when you buy your tickets to claim these prices. Tickets can be purchased on the day at the entry to the festival or at the Office de Tourisme, Place Ar Segal, 29520 Châteauneuf-du-Faou. Tel 02 98 81 83 90. The Tourist Office will also give advice about accommodation. Reserve tickets in advance by emailing email@example.com|
About Fest Jazz
The festival's big pluses are the breath-taking riverside site, where the acts are spread over five stages all within easy walking distance, and the choice of programme, designed to be popular, dynamic and appeal to all generations. The wonderful mix of ages in the crowd shows that the policy "Woodstock rather than conservatoire" works. There is a basis of traditional New Orleans, but the international line-up takes in blues, swing, and Django Reinhart style "manouche".
While seeking out the best musicians currently making waves, the festival also boasts a youth policy. Some of its former young discoveries, like internationally respected trumpeter Malo Mazurié, who first played in Chateauneuf as a 13-year-old, come back year after year just to be part of the atmosphere. In 2016 artists include, from Sweden, the amazing Gunhild Carling, the wonderful vocalist Ola Onabulé, the young street band from New Orleans, Frog and Henry, as well as young and up and coming groups like Shades, the spectacular pianist, Ben Toury, Dorine de Wit and Jamie Brownfield from the UK and the Sweet Peppers from the south of France and there are dancers everywhere! Fest Jazz is a swing dancers' paradise.
Apart from the music, the festival boasts international cuisine (including curry!), real ale (from central Brittany's own Coreff brewery), Breton crêpes (of course!) and a top quality French restaurant.
Great music, a brilliant atmosphere...who could ask for more?!
Getting there and accommodation
Chateauneuf-du-Faou is easily accessible by ferry from either Plymouth-Roscoff (1 hour 10 minutes from the port) or Portsmouth-St. Malo (2 hour 15 minutes). A wide range of accommodation is available in the area: chambres d'hote (B&B), gîtes, hotels, and right on the festival's doorstep, the campsite which welcomes camping cars as well as tents. The Tourist Office in the town can give advice about accommodation. Tel: 02 98 81 83 90.
To find out more about the festival and to book tickets in advance please visit www.fest-jazz.com.
Brittany Ferries conditions of booking and carriage apply together with additional conditions specific to these offers including full payment with booking by debit or credit card only. A credit card charge of £3 will apply. No charge for UK debit cards. No refund when cancelled by client. Amendments charged at £25. New bookings only. Fares are valid for travel as described and as shown per ticket. The applicable single or return fare shall apply and the availability is from a limited and variable allocation. Certain peak dates may be excluded. A passport is required for travel and visas where applicable for non-EU citizens. Details are correct at the time of going to print, but can be subject to change.
Photo credit: Philippe Le Sauze.