Those looking for the coziest festival of the summer will have attended the event in Paloznak for years. Whether sitting in the grass for a sunny concert in the afternoon or joining the friendly club atmosphere, or attending a “big concert”, the Paloznak Jazz Picnic has it all without you leaving the tiny but colorful village near Balaton. In 2018, it is time for the audience to wave to Jamie Cullum alternating between mad rhythms and soothing tunes on the piano, to wander through the worlds of funky, swing and hip-hop with the unbelievably energetic Electro Deluxe, or to dance to electro-funk hits by Kraak & Smaak. We will host a true classic of jazz and soul, Grammy-winner SOUL II SOUL ft Jazzie B & Caron Wheeler, as well as Geszti+Jazz+Az+Lányok with a unique line-up and an exceptional performance.
3 days, 20+ musical performances, jazz, wine, party time, Balaton. It’s Paloznak again in 2018!
The opening act of the 7th year of the Jazz Picnic on Day Zero is double Grammy-winner Jamie Cullum with a grand concert under the starry August sky. Jamie is a highly versatile artist bursting with energy, and we hope he will keep with his trademark act of jumping on top of the piano in Paloznak as well.
Friday and Saturday will see a line-up of exciting international and Hungarian performers.
The highlights on Friday include Grammy-winner SOUL II SOUL ft Jazzie B & Caron Wheeler and Electro Deluxe, the latter a funky groove wolf band in a sheep’s clothing. The British band SOUL II SOUL has produced legendary tracks such as “Keep On Moving” and “Back To Life”, both good candidates for causing earworm, and their frontman Jazzie B has received an award from none other than the Queen of the United Kingdom. The true strength of Electro Deluxe lies in their live performances. Their style has gradually shifted from a light electro sound to a dirty mix of pure jazz and funk: hot beats, top hits, vintage orchestration.
Saturday stars at the Jazz Picnic will be Kraak & Smaak Live Band and the Geszti+Jazz+Az+Lányok production. Geszti+Jazz+Az+Lányok comprises everything great about Geszti in a new entertaining, smashing performance. The best songs by Péter Geszti will be performed by a unique line-up, complete with wind instruments and the “girls” from Jazz+Az: Eszter Váczi, Dóri Behumi and Orsi Kozma, featuring the greatest hits from Jazz+Az. The name Kraak & Smaak Live Band contains the expression “crunchy and tasty”, referring to their musical innovation: they mix live music with DJ-sets in their performances. With their style defying simple categorization, the band selected the best of everything: acid jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, and house, all being perfect ingredients for an August night full of stars.
The Fábián Juli Stage, located in the courtyard of the ‘Tájház’ (traditional house of the region), offers a club atmosphere and a strong Hungarian line-up. The Taittinger Jazz and Champagne Bar stage features Mediterranean jazz, while the Audi Stage in front of Sáfránkert Restaurant will host jazz productions and DJs to provide a pleasant background. Besides the international stars, the hosts of the Picnic have invited a selected group of Hungarian performers including the band Soul Surge, female Bass Guitarist of 2015 in the USA Éva Muck, and the line-up keeps expanding.