Jazz and Stage

In 2021, The York Festival welcomes the return of jazz to York, with performances from local renowned artists held throughout the historic town centre, making use of orthodox venues and unusual spaces


York has, for decades, had a synergy with Jazz.

The York Jazz Festival was one of the biggest jazz festivals in the country and one that many jazz fans bring up in conversations with very fond memories.

I believe destination festivals are some of the best, because you leave your day to day routines and worries and just immerse yourself in the city and the art form you love.

While we are not restarting the York Jazz Festival, we are bringing together these two synergies to create a boutique and special jazz experience as part of the opening weekend of the York Festival.

There will be music in the streets and coming from balconies, hidden secret venues all the way through to the best of the West in the beautiful York Town Hall.

- Mace Francis

This fun, creative and family friendly program gives audiences the opportunity to explore the town through live jazz performances. Ticketed and free events can be enjoyed from afternoon to late evening on the opening weekend of the festival from 25 to 28 September.

In our stage program, laugh your socks off with some of Perth’s best comedians with The Big HOO-HAA!, a night of improv comedy that sees two teams of fearless comedians take the stage to do battle in a competition of wit, humour and bad mime skills.

Classical music lovers will enjoy an evening that even Wolfie (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) would attend with A Night Out with Wolfie & Gang, featuring baroque and classical music highlights and beyond with Patricia Alessi (singer), Andrew Tait (double bass and viol) and Robert Graham (harpsichord & piano).

Here’s where you can catch all the action:

York Town Hall

The York Town Hall will bring you a ticketed series of some of Perth’s brightest jazz stars all on the one special weekend. Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys, Libby Hammer & Ali Bodycoat, Simone Craddock, Russell Holmes Trio, Allira Wilson and Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse. Wolfie & Gang will be playing here for the opening of our second weekend on Friday 1 October as well.

The Imperial Homestead

The relaxed outdoor atmosphere of the Imperial will be where you can hear everything from the traditional jazz stylings of The Corner House Jazz Band and Beans Buma’s Boys of Rhythm through to the contemporary sounds of the Gemma Farrell Quintet, The Love Rats and TrioTrio, through to the mainstream WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Lucy Iffla Quartet.

Speakeasy @ 152

Hidden away behind the main street will be the hippest secret venue in town. Only the cool kids will be there to take in the modern jazz from afternoon well into the night with performances from Sassafras Trio, Holli Scott, Nick Abbey Trio, Turiya, MELVE, Jessica Carlton Quartet, Catherine Noblet Quartet, and The Ricki Malet Trio. Limited space but maximum vibe. This is also where The Big and Little HOO HAA!s will give you your comedy kicks. Click here to see the full set list.

Street & Balcony Performances

The main street will be filled with live street performers spilling sound from store fronts and second story balconies. Take in the free street program while window shopping, passing between venues or stopping in for a bite to eat or something to drink.

Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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