James Blunt, Katie Melua and other new confirmations

British star James Blunt includes Pori Jazz within his 2018 world tour. Other new additions include Katie Melua, Jess Glynne and Tower of Power.

 James Blunt is one of UK’s most successful artists. His concert at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 20th is a part of his The Afterlove world tour. He made his international breakthrough with his debut album Back to Bedlam and has since sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. His greatest hits include “You’re Beautiful”, “Bonfire Heart”, “Goodbye My Lover” and “1973”. James Blunt performed at Pori Jazz back in 2014 and made a lasting impression to his adoring audience. At the end of his concert, he even stage-dived from the Pori Jazz main stage – a stunt that's very rarely seen at Pori Jazz.
Georgian born Katie Melua is nowadays hailing from UK. She was only 19 years old when her debut album Call of the Search made it to the top of the British charts. Her later albums have been equally successful making her the best selling female artists in Europe at one point. She is known for her beautiful voice and folk-pop songs and has released seven albums that have sold more than 11 million copies. Katie Melua will play songs covering her entire career with her band performing on Saturday, July 21st.

Radio hits, soul and funk

British artist Jess Glynne got a stellar start to her career when she was featured on Clean Bandit’s international super hit "Rather Be". In 2015 Glynne became the second female artist in history managing to make it to the top of the British single lists with five songs. Her debut album I Cry When I Laugh managed to grace the British album charts for over 100 weeks. She’s currently working on her second album and is featured at Rudimental’s internationally acclaimed song “These Days”. Jess Glynne will perform at Pori Jazz on Friday, July 20th.

American soul and funk icon Tower of Power is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over the years more than 60 musicians have played in Tower of Power and their level of artistic excellence has always been top notch. Emilio Castillo, David Garibaldi and Doc Kupka are the core of the band and at the moment their lead singer is Marcus Scott. It’s been quite awhile since Tower of Power last visited Pori Jazz, but the festival audience has constantly requested them. The long wait is finally over as the fans will be pampered with a party boosting performance on Friday, July 20th.


Musical legends Burt Bacharach and Mavis Staples join the programming

The line up of Thursday’s Main Concert on July 19th is being replenished with two US legends. Composer Burt Bacharach who is known for his numerous evergreens along with one of the most remarkable gospel andsSoul singers, Mavis Staples, will be performing in the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park. Concession tickets for owners of an S-Etukortti card are on sale until March 31st.

Burt Bacharach, the illustrious composer behind countless hits from the 1950s to this day is the mastermind behind such pop classics as The Look of Love, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, (They Long To Be) Close To You, Anyone Who Had a Heart, What the World Needs Now Is Love and I Say a Little Prayer. He is the winner of six Grammys and three Academy Awards for the best original music in a film. Bacharach has composed songs for Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and The Carpenters on the course of his career spanning several decades. His go-to lyricist and collaborator, Hal David, passed away in 2012.

Bacharach’s compositions are easily recognisable due to his unconventional use of harmonies which derive from his background in jazz. In fact, several jazz musicians have sought inspiration in his works. For example, as early as in 1968, Stan Getz recorded an album full of music by Bacharach.

Bacharach, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday in May this year, is still actively touring the world with his immortal tunes. The living legend conducts his 11-piece orchestra – including three vocalists – from behind his grand piano. Even though he does not consider himself much of a singer, it is not rare that at some point he will be grabbing the microphone as well. Make sure that you’ll have tissues at hand since it is a known fact that Bacharach will be having an emotional impact on his crowds.

The lively interpreter of Gospel and Soul

Mavis Staples, 78, who is among the most significant gospel and soul singers of all time is also known as a civil rights activist in the United States. For over 50 years, she was part of her father Pop Staples’ family music group, The Staple Singers, who sold tens of millions of records and were also a major part of the soundtrack of the civil rights movement against racism.

Her deep and mysterious voice has fascinated several people for decades, including her ex-fiancé Bob Dylan. Staples released her first records already in the 1970s but her solo career has caught a second wind in the 2010s. She collaborated with Jeff Tweedy of the Wilco who played at last year’s Pori Jazz, and the albums ensued have been praised the public. Her latest album “If All I Was Was Black” came out last autumn.

Staples’ 2016 album “Living on a HIgh Note” featured arrangements from several artists, including Nick Cave. Incidentally, the main moncert on Thursday 19th July will see performances from both Mavis Staples and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.


Tickets available for a special price until December 31st

Tickets for the 53rd Pori Jazz Festival will be available at Ticketmaster Finland on Friday, November 17th at 9:00. The main concerts of the festival will be held on July 19th, 20th and 21st at Kirjurinluoto Concert Park.

Free-of-choice ticket to Kirjurinluoto Concert Park is available for special price starting from 69 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st. Free-of-choice ticket enables access to Kirjurinluoto Concert Park on one of the main concert days.

Three-day ticket is also available for a special price starting from 169 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee) until December 31st. The ticket enables access to all three main concerts at Kirjurinluoto Concert Park from July 19th to 21st. Regular price for the ticket is starting from 179 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee).

Pori Jazz main concerts feature music on several stages from early afternoon until the late night. More acts are to be announced during winter and spring. Follow our website for news and updates!


Alanis Morissette and other new names confirmed

Canadian superstar Alanis Morissette will perform at Pori Jazz on Saturday, July 21st. Other new additions to the festival program include Robert Glasper’s ensemble R+R=NOW, British artist Jessie Ware, American band Cigarettes After Sex and long-term jazz composer-pianist Carla Bley.

Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette rose to international superstardom in 1995, when she released her third studio album Jagged Little Pill. The album became a worldwide success and the hit tracks including ”Ironic”, ”You Oughta Know” and ”Hand In My Pocket” were heard on radio and music video channels for quite some time. So far over 33 million copies of Jagged Little Pill have been sold and it is one of the worlds most sold albums ever.

Canadian Morissette has released eight studio albums and is also known as an actress. She has been featured in successful TV-series such as Weeds and Sex And The City as well as in the movie Dogma. Morissette has sold over 60 million albums and won seven Grammy awards. She’s active in social debate and is an advocate promoting women’s rights. At the moment Morissette is working on her latest album, which is set to be released during 2018.

Alanis Morissette has performed in Finland only once before.

Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concert on Saturday, July 21st will be available on Monday, February 19th at 9 am. Daily tickets for all Pori Jazz main concerts are available until March 31st for a special reduced price when S-Etukortti card is presented upon purchase. Reduced price tickets are starting from 72 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee); regular tickets are starting from 78 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Three-day tickets entitling entrance to all three main concerts are also available as well as daily premium quality VIP and Radio Aalto Lounge tickets.

New acts added to all main concerts

In addition to Alanis Morissette other new acts at Pori Jazz festival 2018 include super band R+R=NOW performing on Friday, July 20th. Keyboardist-producer Robert Glasper’s new band brings together some of the most sought after names of current jazz, including producer-saxophonist Terrace Martin, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Ajuah, and multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin.

Other additions to Saturday, July 21st include British singer Jessie Ware, who is nominated for female artist of the year at the BRIT Awards next week. Also performing on Saturday is iconic jazz pianist and composer Carla Bley (81 years old) with her trio.

Pori Jazz has previously announced that Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be performing on Thursday, July 19th. A new addition to the concert is Cigarettes After Sex, whose strong debut album made it to several best albums of the 2017 lists.

53rd Pori Jazz will be held from July 14th to 22nd. Festival program will be updated and new acts released during forthcoming weeks.


Pori Jazz to take place on 14th–22th July 2018

Pori Jazz Festival will be organised for the 53nd time next summer on 14th–22th July. The festival will take place at the riverfront of the Pori city center and the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park.

60 000 people attended our main concerts in the summer of 2017. A total of 367 000 people attended the Jazz Street which among other things offered several admission free concerts daily.

Further information on the 2018 festival will be released during the wintertime. Follow our news feed!


Vijay Iyer Sextet and other acts announced for Pori Jazz 2018

Vijay Iyer Sextet released one of the most revered jazz albums this year and will perform in Pori Jazz next summer. Seven other acts have also been added to the festival program. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster Finland for a special discounted Christmas price until the end of the year.

Vijay Iyer may well be one of the most important jazz musicians at the moment. He’s received several awards and prizes for his critically acclaimed albums and played memorable concerts one after another. In 2015 Vijay Iyer performed at Pori Jazz with his trio and next July he will bring his renowned sextet, whose “Far From Over” album is widely considered to be the jazz album of 2017.

Pori Jazz main concerts will be held on July 19th, 20th and 21st next year. Other new acts include American Internet phenomenon KNOWER and Hurray for the Riff Raff, British GoGo Penquin and trumpeter Yazz Ahmed alongside her septet and Finnish talents Aili Ikonen, 3TM and Litku Klemetti. Pori Jazz has previously announced the performance of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on Thursday, July 19th. Several other acts will be announced during forthcoming months.

Tickets available for a special price until December 31st!

Tickets for Pori Jazz 2018 are available at Ticketmaster Finland. The free-of-choice ticket to Kirjurinluoto (entitling entrance on one of the main concert days) is on sale starting from 69 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Three-day ticket to all main concerts is also on sale starting from 169 Euros (incl. Ticketmaster’s service fee). Both prices are valid until December 31st. For premium festival experience please check our VIP and Radio Aalto Lounge tickets.


Take a look at our new festival poster

The official poster for the 2018 festival has been published. The poster was designed by the Swedish designer and illustrator Stina Löfgren.


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to perform at Pori Jazz

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are arriving in Finland after several years to perform at Pori Jazz on Thursday, July 19th. One of the most prestigious rock bands of our times is touring major European cities at the moment performing at large arenas and concert halls.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds were formed in 1983. The Australian band has sold more than five million albums worldwide and influenced the music of countless other bands and artists. Though singer-songwriter Nick Cave is the undisputed leading figure, the band is tight-knit and has sounded unique ever since their debut album From Her To Eternity (1984). Renowned charismatic rock icon Nick Cave is also known as an author, screenwriter and actor.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds released their 16th album Skeleton Tree in September 2016. The recording process of the album was heartbreakingly tragic as Nick Cave’s 15-year-old son died accidentally whilst it. The documentary One More Time With Feeling featuring the creative process behind the album is at least as impressive as the album itself.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have toured major European cities this fall receiving rave reviews. It doesn’t come as a surprise as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have always been known for their uniquely captivating and heady concerts. During the tour they’ve visited every other Nordic country except Finland where they last performed back in 2013.


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