Manly’s Jazz Festival Sydney

                                       Funky grooves at Manly’s Jazz Festival Sydney

Fine tunes on Manly’s shores as the Manly Jazz Festival took place for the 39th year.


For six days in a row thousands of locals but also travellers, jumped on the Manly ferries from Circular Quay and arrived in the heart of the coastal suburb. The long weekend and the fine weather turned it into a gathering spot for thousands of music lovers.


Did you know that the first to visualise Manly as a great “watering place”, was an Englishman living in Sydney, in the 19th century, Mr Henry Gilbert Smith? Due to him, a small pier was constructed and the first daily boat trips to Manly started operating in 1856!

This year’s festival had a stunning lineup of more than  850 acclaimed artists, international ones and locals and many stages.

Apart from the beach side, great live music performances were hosted in local indoor and outdoor venues.



We went around on Sunday and among many others we loved the Jazz concert at St Matthew’s Church, our very first concert in a historical church and the traditional gospel service at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church featuring Geoff Power and the New Orleans Jazz Band.


Manly’s Jazz Festival honours the music, dance and history of jazz music and is a celebration of Australia’s beach culture, good food and great market stalls.

We loved the new products from a brand new Australian wine gift wares brand founded by German turned Sydneysider and wine lover – Sandra Kneile Vinotopia



Plus, we were over the moon with the amazing, fine art photography products from VANTSOS design 




Good vibes go with good food and definitely Manly does spoil you with selections. For lunch, we visited our favourite Hugos Manly, which never fails to impress. Incredible view, attentive yet not overbearing service and amazing food.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Overall, this year’s festival was one of the best ever and we can’t wait for next year as they will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with many surprises.