Northern Soul has teamed up with Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf) to offer two readers the chance to win a pair of triple tickets each to the final afternoon concerts at the Thwaites Festival Pavilion in Albert Square on Sunday, August 9, 2015. This triple bill features Natural Causes, the Shama Rahman Band and the Airelle Besson Quartet.Natural Causes

Celebrating its 20th festival this year, mjf is Manchester’s longest running music festival and the leading festival for contemporary jazz in the UK. 79 gigs with over 400 artists in 10 venues for 10 music-filled days.

The final festival afternoon line-up offers some relaxing sounds.

Natural Causes, 1pm

Pianist Hugh Nankivell’s curious compositions have a distinct air of English eccentricity about them, taking inspiration from artists such as Robert Wyatt, XTX and Bjork.

Shama Rahman Band, 2.45pm

Sitar, stories and song weave together into original, playful music, drawing from Rahman’s Bangladeshi roots, childhood memories of Middle Eastern desert landscapes and encounters with London’s vibrant characters.

Airelle Besson Quartet, 4.30pm

Bringing mjf to a close, Besson – French Jazz Musician of the Year and winner of the Django Reinhardt Prize – is a fast-rising star on the French music scene. A moving finale to mjf 2015 – be transported by music of astonishing spirituality and beauty.

Airelle Besson QuartetTo be in with a chance of winning a pair of triple tickets to Manchester Jazz Festival on August 9, 2015 simply sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right hand side of the page) and send an email to with the title ‘Jazz Festival’.

Closing date: August 7, 2015, 5pm

A winner will be picked at random and notified by: August 7, 2015, 5.30pm


Shama RahmanWhat: Manchester Jazz Festival

Where: Albert Square, Manchester

When: until Sunday, August 9, 2015

Tickets: Available to buy here