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BANDAKADABRA! Italian magic gets airport passengers in the mood for city jazz festival

18 July 2014

For the second year in a row, Edinburgh Airport is getting musical as a proud sponsor of the city’s Jazz and Blues Festival which starts today.

To help launch the festival, the airport gave passengers a musical treat in the shape of a 12-piece Italian brass band called BANDAKADABRA which entertained thousands of people travelling through the terminal with some foot-stamping Latino jazz beats.

The band played a fantastic three-hour live set in the airport’s terminal this morning, giving passengers a taste of what they can expect at this year’s festival which runs until 27 July. 

It’s the second year in a row that Edinburgh Airport has sponsored the festival and reinforces the airport’s commitment to supporting a wide range of cultural and community events in and around the capital.

As well as being a major sponsor of the Royal Highland Show, the airport remains very active in supporting local organisations through its Community Fund which awarded almost £100,000 to deserving causes in 2013.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “This is always a really exciting time of year as our city comes alive with music, dance, art and comedy.  As a big jazz fan I’m very happy we could give our passengers a taste of what the city has to offer over the next few weeks.  There really is something for everyone.

“We’re delighted to be supporting the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival again this year and encourage everyone to experience Edinburgh when it’s at its very best.”

Fiona Alexander, Producer of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, said: “We’re very happy to be partnering with Edinburgh Airport for a second year. We have hundreds of performers coming through the airport for concerts across Edinburgh from 18-27 July, and it’s fantastic to know they are so warmly received."