Hot and sultry is how the Malta Jazz Festival should be. And this year’s is no exception. Earlier this week, down at Ta’ Liesse, below Valletta’s bastions, work was finishing on setting up the stage, and temperatures were hovering around 32°C. Hot metal by day at Ta’ Liesse, cool jazz and more by night.
Things kick off tonight at 20.00hrs when Brad Mehldau graces the Malta stage for the first time.
The Malta Jazz Festival 2009 promises to be a key event in the Malta Arts Festival diary, pulling crowds as in times past. Get there early if you haven’t bought a ticket yet. We’d really recommend the three-night ticket as it’s a bargain (euro 30 for silver ticket) for the venue and artists.
How to get there:
By public transport: all buses lead to Valletta. Ta’ Liesse is a pleasant 10 minute walk from the bus terminus
By car: Parking in Valletta after 6pm is free. But get there early. Either park in the centre of Valletta and walk down or by one the perimiter roads.
By boat: Catch the ferry from Sliema to Marsamxett. Then walk around St Elmo and the Mediterranean Conference Centre, and you’re on your way.
Drive part of the way: the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts has organised transport from the Park & Ride in Blata-l-Bajda, operated by the Malta Transport Authority, straight to Ta’ Liesse. The service will be available on all three nights of the 16th, 17th and 18th July and run between 19.30 and 12.30am.
If you’re still in doubt about whether to bother or not, see our post on eight reasons to go to Malta Jazz. Don’t miss out on a truly world-class event.
For more info, see:
Official website: Maltajazzfestival.org
Malta Jazz Festival Blog:
Photo: jazz fan Gege Gatt.