The hot and humid air is infused with funky jazz rhythms that drift out over the South China Sea, not a bad way to spend a May weekend.
- When? TBC May 2018
- Where? Miri, Sarawak, Borneo
- Price: Between RM67.60 and RM194.80 depending on date of booking and type of ticket.
Shodo-bebop on down to The Borneo International Jazz Festival where you'll positively be slappin' your thighs at the stunning coastline nearly as well as the band be slappin' de bass.
Previously known as the Miri International Jazz Festival, the promotion to Borneo Jazz Festival in 2011 speaks of how it has grown in stature and capacity. The sleek marble of the Parkcity Everly Hotel and the impressive sea views are perfectly accompanied by May's jazz soundtrack. Sound good? Wait until you see the sunsets.
This year will bring in a fresh batch of talent like the earthy beats of Manou Gallo and the Groove Orchestra, think Ivory Coast percussion mixed with blues and soul. The New York based soul band The Rad Trads will headline on the Saturday night; their charisma and party enthusiasm is not to be missed, especially so far away from their usual European and North American tour route.
In recent years, crowds have reached over the 8000 mark so there's a real vibe to immerse yourself in. If you're staying in the Parkcity Everly Hotel, bear in mind that the bazaars sell tasty Malaysian cuisine and are a more authentic option to the hotel’s restaurant. Handicraft and beverage stalls are also around. The beach, a couple of hundred metres away, is handy for taking a jazz inspired walk along the coastline when things wrap up at midnight.
If you're looking for something a little wilder than a walk on the sand, you can join in the Jazz Jam Session from half past midnight until the early hours.
Tickets normally go on sale in February and the early bird prices are not to be missed (around $20 for the two day pass).
Slap, slap slappa de bass.
- Get there: The nearest airport to Miri is Lapangan Terbang Miri (MYY), a 15 minute drive to the Parkcity Everly Hotel.
- Stay: Find accommodation in Miri unless you manage to book early. The Parkcity Everly Hotel is the event host but is likely to sell out.
Find more information at jazzborneo.com.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!