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Tickets on Sale Now for the Nice Jazz Festival, 12-17 July 2021!

The jam-packed Nice Jazz Festival returns to the stage from 12 to 17 July this year, with five scintillating soirées and thousands of fans!


The Nice Jazz Festival will take place from 12-17 July 2021 at Place Masséna - get your tickets now! © Ville de Nice

Music lovers from all over the region will be delighted to hear that the Nice Jazz Festival is back – with up to 2,618 fans permitted to attend! As we have become all too familiar with events being cancelled left, right and centre due to the pandemic, the action-packed jazz festival will be one of the biggest and most dynamic celebrations of music and local community that we have seen in over a year, with more than 15 artists of national and international renown performing over five spectacular nights in July.


The annual festival has a rich history, dating back to 1948, with Louis Armstrong and his All Stars headlining the inaugural event in Nice... which was the world's first jazz festival! From 1974 to 1993 the festival was known as La Grande Parade, before becoming the Nice Jazz Festival as we know it today between 1994 and 2010. 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the festival, with Gregory Porter and Randy Weston, followed by a stellar line-up in 2019 headed by the Black Eyed Peas, and a new virtual format for 2020.


The programme for this year’s festival features a dazzling line-up of global musicians from a range of genres – including 80’s pop-rock duo Les Rita Mitsouko, Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, experimental minimalists Gogo Penguin, Beninese-American singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, French contemporary artist/director Woodkid and many more – as well as performances from the Nice Symphonic Orchestra and the Nice Jazz Orchestra. The star-studded list of artists and performers can be viewed in full below and online.


The musicians will take to the stage over the emblematic black-and-white floor of Place Masséna, performing to thousands of fans in a seated audience. Three acts will play each evening, and the organisers have made a special effort to showcase local talents from Nice, in the hope that jazz enthusiasts will be able to find in them a new favourite artist. The festival continues a tradition where flamboyant concerts bring life to the city: no doubt even more vibrantly this year.


The impressive list of artists performing at the 2021 festival this July © Ville de Nice

Christian Etroisi, Mayor of Nice, explained how the event will run within governmental health regulations. “We have worked on a format compatible with the constraints imposed by the health crisis and will therefore be one of the few festivals (with an initial standing capacity) to continue this summer. This is an opportunity to offer a new experience to festival-goers with a large single stage on the Place Masséna, a 100% seated format with social distancing, a capacity of 1672 to 2618 seats according to the government’s announcements, COVID marshals on site and a one-way system to prevent contact between spectators. I would like to thank the council teams for their hard work in implementing this event despite the constraints imposed on us. The pandemic has shown more than ever that a world without culture is a world without life.”


The mayor’s last sentence will ring true for many of us, as we have found collective solace and expression in music, writing, reading, film and television throughout the pandemic. We can safely assume that for both fans and artists alike, the Nice Jazz Festival in July 2021 will offer a renewed sense of creativity – and an even bigger desire to have a good time!


Tickets start at €29 and are available to purchase now on nicejazzfestival.fr!


- Georgina Findlay