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Fest Jazz 2018

Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Brittany, Friday 27th - Sunday 29th July

Fest Jazz, which takes place between 27th - 29th July, returns for its 14th 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.

Offer prices
Car (5m long x 1.83m high) plus two passengers£209 return
Additional passengers in vehicle£40 return
Travel dates
Outbound departures
Wednesday 25th 15:00 (cabins available)
Plymouth - RoscoffThursday 26th 08:00 or  20:45 (cabins available for both)
Friday 27th 08:00 (cabins available)
Portsmouth - St Malo Thursday 26th 20:15 (reserved seats only)
Inbound departures
All Routes France to UKMonday 30th July or Tuesday 31st July
On board accommodation extra. Supplements apply for larger/overheight vehicles.
Reduced ticket entry prices
Friday (On the day)23€ per person (instead of 26€)
Friday (In advance)21€ per person (instead of 23€)
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)53€ per person (instead of 62€)
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

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 2018 the artists include, direct from the streets of New Orleans, the young all-female jazz group, The Shake'Em Up Jazz Band, and Frog and Henry... all superb young musicians.  From Paris, we welcome the Mama Shakers playing a foot tapping,energetic jazz that will please everyone, from Holland "Jazz Connection" playing the music of Louis Prima for the hordes of swing dancers who come to Fest Jazz every year and from the UK the fabulous Hazel O'Connor (remember "Breaking Glass" from the 1980's?) playing and singing as well as ever. And many other artists too. It's a superb feast of music!

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

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. 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.

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Photo credit: Philippe Le Sauze.