Brecon, archaically known as Brecknock, is a market town and community in Powys, Mid Wales, with a population of 7,901.

The Orchard Media and Events Group, the operator of the Brecon Jazz festival since 2012, has announced it is calling time on its running of the famous mid Wales event, based on financial considerations.

In addition to Brecon Jazz, Orchard has been recognised as Regional Promoter of the Year in the UK Live Music Awards, and promotes over 200 concerts a year, mainly in Wales, including the likes of Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Paolo Nutini, Kings of Leon, Jessie J and Paul Weller in the past year alone. Orchard is this year’s SME of the Year in the Cardiff Business Awards.

Historically it was the county town of Brecknockshire; although its role as such was eclipsed with the formation of the County of Powys, it remains an important local centre.


Brecon is the third largest town in Powys, after Newtown and Ystradgynlais. It lies north of the Brecon Beacons mountain range, but is just within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Brecon Jazz Festival is a music festival held annually in Brecon, Wales. Normally staged in early August, it has played host to a range of jazz musicians from across the world.

The first Brecon Jazz Festival was organised by Jed Williams, owner of The Four Bars Inn, in 1984. George Melly, who had a house close by, performed.

As well as the main festival, a Brecon Fringe Festival organises alternative acts in pubs, hotels, galleries and cafes in the town.


In 2009, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Miles Davis album, Kind of Blue, Brecon Jazz Festival invited jazz fans to submit nomination for an award, in the form of a Blue plaque to be awarded annually, the first to be bestowed in 2010, honouring the venues which had made the most significant contribution to jazz in the United Kingdom.

Camping is popular at the Brecon Jazz Festival, with two official campsites open to ticket holders and several independent campsites in the Brecon area.

Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts are also available, but high demand usually means that early booking is required.

Brecon is well served by good trunk roads bringing you in from the motorway network. From the M4 coming from the east the journey is either via the A449 to Raglan picking up the A40 or via the A470 at Cardiff.

From the west off the M4 you can enter via the A4067. From the M5 one can travel by the M50 to Monmouth and join the A40 into the area.

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