Kings Jam 2023 


We are sad to announce that we will not be running Kings Jam Festival in 2023. This decision is following major funding set backs at The Music Works. As a charity we are committed to delivering a high quality, fully inclusive and accessible music festival for the local community and to be able to do that requires considerable investment that we were not able to secure this year.


We ask that people see this year’s absence on the festival circuit as a pause rather than a closure as we hope that Kings Jam will be back next year showcasing the very best in contemporary Black music and platforming the next generation of exciting and emerging talent. We will be consulting with the community, Gloucester council and funders across 2023 to ensure that Kings Jam 2024 is able to best deliver on these aims.


“It has been hugely hard and disappointing for us to have to announce we are unable to run Kings Jam Festival this year. We know the importance and impact the festival has had in the local community, and the support that it has built over the past five years.”


“We look forward to the continued support from our local community which is essential for its success. We plan to return in 2024 and will use this time to work with the community, Gloucester council and our funders to explore how we can create a sustainable festival that continues to provide progression opportunities for young people who are accessing the creative industries.”


Malaki Patterson, Artistic Director, The Music Works

About Kings Jam


Kings Jam is Gloucester’s no1 festival supporting music of black origin and culture, bringing together internationally and nationally renowned artists of various art forms. We aim to engage a local and national audience to support the emerging local talent by enabling them to have a platform to perform on stage amongst professional artists. Our core belief at Kings Jam is to inspire and innovate change within our community, and increase diversity through art and audience engagement. This year, the event will take place at Gloucester Park.


Who we work with


We work with emerging talented Gloucestershire artists of varied art forms and the local community. We acquire national and international renowned professionals/artists to support professional development and culture within the city.

This event is produced and run by The Music Works charity.

With funding and support from the following organisations