The Bath Festival 2018
11 - 27 May 2018
Next year marks an exciting moment for Bath Festivals – our 70th anniversary. To commemorate this important milestone, we have created an incredible programme of events that build on our rich heritage and cements the festival as a highlight in the Bath calendar for residents and visitors alike.
We are delighted to announce Tears for Fears
as headliners for The Bath Festival 70th Anniversary Finale Weekend with special guest Alison Moyet
Saturday 26th May 2018 Bath Recreation Ground
17 Events Now On Sale
Literature events now on sale include Rose Tremain; Adam Kay; Maggie O’Farrell; Roddy Doyle and John Julius Norwich.
Music events now on sale include Ben Folds & A Piano, Royal Northern Sinfonia with Lars Vogt playing the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside; Stephen Hough; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
The Bath Festival
May 2017 : Bath Festivals is launching a new multi-arts festival for the city. The Bath Festival will build on the heritage of our current festivals, Bath Literature Festival and Bath International Music Festival, bringing them into one new flagship festival, with music and literature at the heart, celebrating the city and engaging the wider community.
This new structure of a single, larger arts festival is an evolution which will allow us to grow the number of world-class events that we can bring to our city and build on our position as a leading arts organisation in the region. While The Bath Festival will include a wider range of events we will also continue to offer the core events from the literature and music festivals; including classical, jazz, world and folk music alongside contemporary fiction, intelligent debate, science, history, politics and poetry.
Bath’s biggest night of free music, Party in the City
will continue with over 2,000 people taking to stages across the city and 20,000 in attendance. The festival will also continue to provide year round extensive learning & participation opportunities for over 6,000 young people. Bath Festivals will continue to produce the much loved Bath Children's Literature Festival.
Bath Box Office 01225 463362
Monday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm
Sir Salman Rushdie; Margaret Drabble and Fay Weldon; Sebastian Barry; Mary Berry; Ali Smith; Michael Rosen; Harriet Harman; Ed Balls; India Knight; Victoria Hislop; Lionel Shriver; Colm Tóibín; Sophie Hannah.
Philharmonia Orchestra with Herbert Blomstedt; Jeremy Denk; Ann Murray; Cecilia Bernardini; Steven Isserlis; Tenebrae; Malcolm Martineau; Richard Goode; a new 6-concert series BathSongs – from Brahms to Broadway.
Jazz & Folk:
Georgie Fame and the Guy Barker Big Band; Madeleine Peyroux; Brad Mehldau Trio; Naturally 7; Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill; Stormy, featuring Camilla Beeput and directed by Clarke Peters; Martin Carthy and Sam Sweeney; Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal
Words + Music:
Simon Callow and Steven Isserlis; Laura Barnett and Kathryn Williams; Bob Dylan: A Celebration; Madeleine Thien and Richard Uttley