The audience flocked en masse to all of the concerts at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival, breaking all-time records for attendance, with 191,000 people having packed out the 90 concerts running on 16 stages over 5 days.

Village People on the Zurriola beach (Photo: Lolo Vasco).
Village People on the Zurriola beach (Photo: Lolo Vasco).

The 58th Jazzaldia breaks all-time records

Tickets flew off the shelves for 15 of the 21 paying concerts. The ‘sold out’ sign was posted for 3 of the 4 nights at the Trini, for 3 of the 5 concerts at the Kursaal, for all those in the San Telmo Museum, for the two in the Sala Club, for one of those in the JazzEñe initiative and for the one taking place in the María Cristina Hotel. A total of 18,882 tickets were purchased from 40 countries around the world. For their part, the free concerts congregated 172,000 people.

We were treated to concerts by big international stars, to rising talents set to mark the future of Jazz, to different music styles, to local groups… Concerts of excellent musical quality, many of which will forever stay on our minds such as those given, to name but a few, by: Julian Lage, Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Ezra Collective, Yosuke Yamashita...

The Festival thanks and hugely appreciates the response of the public who, despite the rain on 24 and 25 July, not only packed out the venues but, yet another year, did so with exemplary behaviour and zero incidents. Once again the city was inundated with music in a festive and celebratory atmosphere.

Some information

  • This year 8 concerts were streamed free of charge.
  • We have a total of 42,000 followers on our social media.
  • Use of website in the last 30 days: 77.000 users, 340.751 visits, 932.451 events.
  • Use of website in the last 12 months: 189.086 users, 729.827 visits, 2.064.405 events.

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Poster 58 Jazzaldia 2023 (author: Roskow).

Poster 58 Jazzaldia 2023 (author: Roskow).


The 5 days of this year’s Txikijazz were simply marvellous. Families and the audience, Txikijazz regulars for the last 11 years, were able to enjoy a wide variety of concerts. They were treated to great Jazz by Five Stars, to Eri Yamamoto’s piano, to the fun of Amaika Rude and Les Cuisinieres, to the magic tricks of young Iago, and to the voices of Michelle Hendricks and Sara Dowling.

All in 3 spaces that gain in strength every edition: Chillida Leku, Garbera and the Kutxa Fundazioa space in Tabakalera. The latter two were packed to the hilt, while in Chillida Leku there were more than 1500 people. The workshops were a huge success, full of boys and girls eager to create while listening to a Jazz concert. At the end of the day the aim is to make our mark with the new generations. Tick!