After the unmitigated success of 2019’s inaugural edition, Maiden Voyage - London’s biggest jazz festival - is set for a sensational return in 2020. Great news for a city whose vibrant jazz scene is often underplayed.
On August Bank Holiday, 7,000 jazz fans descended on Hackney Wick’s Three Mills Island creating an atmosphere seldom seen in the capital. It would have been an injustice not to do it all again.
Returning to the same location and occupying the same weekend in the calendar, Sunday 30th August, we can start to look forward to the next chapter. Although keen to grow on the success of the debut, Maiden Voyage promise not much will change as they play to their strengths.
Much of Maiden Voyage’s success can be put down to swimming against the tide. Organisers really bucked the trends in year one, which was pivotal for the festival to stand out in such a saturated market. Whilst alternatives went for the grand spectacle, Maiden Voyage stripped and scaled things back with a single stage and more intimate surrounds. It was certainly a case of quality over quantity.
The second factor that contributed to such a successful debut was its booking policy. Straying away from headline artists and instead showcasing some of the brightest emerging talent in the field, this shrewd piece of programming ensued that ticket prices were kept below average. Though, of course, the biggest bonus was that it help shine a light on some of the most exciting talent coming through the ranks. Names such as Bradley Zero, Louis Cole, Illa J and Zakia were all invited for the occasion, alongside headliners Gilles Peterson, Madlib, Nabihah Iqbal, and the inimitable Roy Ayers.
The line-up was also one of the most balanced in the entire calendar, almost achieving a 50:50 ratio between male and female artists. This year’s line-up is still under construction, but we know that Maiden Voyage won’t let us down.
In case you missed it, the festival quietly released a handful of tickets at the bargain price of £10.00 yesterday. Compared to other music festivals in London, that is a fraction of the price and represents unbeatable value. This limited allocation won’t last for long, and we expect prices to increase soon. In a week of faux-deals and misleading promotions, grab yourself a stone-cold bargain today.
Limited £10.00 tickets are on sale now.