Red Sea Jazz Festival: chillout in Eilat (as the thermometer maxes out!)

Red Sea Jazz Festival in EilatOne of the classic events held annually during the hot, sultry Israeli summer is the Red Sea Jazz Festival.

The internationally acclaimed festival is usually held at the end of August in Israel’s most southern resort of Eilat, and is now a major factor in Eilat’s summer tourism (not that it was ever deserted through the summer months, as Eilat is the destination for hordes of Israelis (mostly families) in July-August).

Thousands of people from across the world, as well as those Israelis who love their jazz, plan their trip around this festival so they can catch some great jazz artists, some jam sessions and even jazz master classes. And with a unique, relaxed atmosphere, the Red Sea Jazz Festival is a must-see for any jazz aficionados…

Of course, Israel’s most popular tourist resort also offers plenty of sun, coral reef and good times, in addition to the jazz (check out our guide to the things to see and do in Eilat) but just be warned it’s extremely hot in August in Eilat. Don’t be surprised to see the thermometer reaching for the 50 degree threshold now and again…but never fear, the humidity is not as nasty as in Tel Aviv!

This year the Red Sea Jazz Festival celebrates over the usual four days (this year – 2016 – from 27th to the 30th August), and has a variety of special events. Performers will also be playing on the Eilat promenade for the benefit of the masses (free) and watch out for the now legendary late night jamming sessions which are open to all, and usually last until dawn. The place to be this year is the pool of the Isrotel Yam Suf hotel close to the port area; at around midnight grab yourself a seat, something cold to drink, and relax!

Musicians from around the globe will be there, but check out the Festival’s website for updates on who’s performing where and when and how to buy tickets (there are three concert venues and a variety of passes available): www.redseajazzeilat.com. I’d send you over to their Facebook page too but it’s entirely in Hebrew…

And here’s a taste of what you can hear at the Festival…

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