New York is the place to be for live music events this January, with the city's Winter Jazzfest opening this weekend, as well as other musical treats taking place throughout the month.
Winter Jazzfest takes place every year in New York, and is located in Greenwich Village. This area is traditionally known as the home of jazz music in New York, having being the heartland of the Beat Generation in the 50s and being home to some of the city's finest old-style jazz clubs. This year's festival will take place in six venues around Greenwich Village, staging over 70 different jazz acts from around the US and overseas. All-night performances will allow visitors flying to New York to experience a wide range of different performances over the two-day festival. "Once famed as the focal point of New York City's rich jazz and live music scene, Bleecker Street and the Village provide for an ideal festival experience [with] groups performing all night at six of the neighbourhood's esteemed venues within close proximity of each other," said organisers. Headline acts for the festival include Claudia Acuña, Gregory Porter, Don Byron and Felix Pastorius. However, with the weekend of the festival almost upon us, New York also promises further aural treats later on in the year. June sees the Governor's Ball rock festival taking place on Randall's Island in NYC, with top acts from the worlds of hip hop, pop, rock, indie and other genres gathering for the event. Then at the end of August, the Electric Zoo festival takes place, also on Randall's Island, and is a Mecca for lovers of a huge range of electronic music.Image sources:1 2 3