Newport Jazz Weekend is the best established jazz festival in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, regularly attracting star names from all around the UK and further afield including the USA and Australia. Taking place in half term week, it is popular with locals, holidaymakers and jazz fans who make a trip to the Island especially for the chance to see some of the best jazz singers and musicians around. There are some wonderful venues with great acoustics, all within a short distance from each other which results in a small, bustling and vibrant festival feel. As well as the main acts, there are many free local bands and other musicians playing in pubs, restaurants and other venues around town. There is always live music on somewhere around the Town, often free of charge. The music itself is accessible and popular, ranging from Dixieland / traditional jazz, to mainstream and modern, and latin / funk. Full details are on our website www.newportjazzweekend.co.uk “.