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Grand Central Rail brings Yorkshire Jazz to Kings Cross Passengers

Marsden Jazz Festival 2018

Grand Central Rail is helping to spread the sound of Jazz throughout the Yorkshire Pennines this October by lending its support to the 26th annual Marsden Jazz Festival.

Between Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October, Grand Central Rail is sponsoring one of the four music marquees at the annual jazz music festival, which will bring over 150 hours of live music, including more than 70 free gigs around the village’s pubs, clubs and local venues.

The Grand Central Rail Marquee, which is one of four outdoor venues, will be located on a bridge overlooking the River Colne, and will host seven free gigs over the weekend, including youth and community bands.

To celebrate the upcoming event, and to give a taste of what’s to come at the festival, passengers at King’s Cross station in London were given a taster of what the festival has to offer from headlining performers Alcyona Mick and Tori Freestone before they boarded a Grand Central train.

Richard McClean, Managing Director of Grand Central Rail, said: “We are delighted to support Marsden Jazz Festival this year. As a company, we are closely bound to the communities we serve and always look for opportunities to support them. Jazz is such a broad and diverse genre, so we hope there is something for everyone at the festival this October for a fun filled and memorable experience.

“Grand Central runs four daily services from London to Yorkshire for passengers to visit, work and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery that is characteristic of the region, and with thousands of customers expected to descend to the North for Marsden Jazz Festival, we always strive to  make our customer’s journeys with Grand Central memorable.”

Barney Stevenson, Artistic Director at Marsden Jazz Festival, said: “We are delighted to receive support from Grand Central. Commercial sponsorship is vital to us in order to be able to host such a huge event. At the festival, thousands of visitors make a trip to Marsden by train to experience the unique atmosphere the festival brings and we are thrilled to get backing from a local train operator to help showcase a wide range of jazz musicians at the Grand Central Rail Marquee.”

Grand Central provides an easy and direct train service from London to Yorkshire, offering passengers the best possible customer service, recently topping the National Rail Passenger Survey, as well as comfortable seats with plenty of legroom, free Wi-Fi and extra luggage space.

Full details and tickets for Marsden Jazz Festival are available at


For more information contact Danielle Kaye or Eleanor Cropper at Grayling on 0113 273 9900 or email [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

  • Grand Central Railway Company Limited operates West Riding services between Bradford Interchange, Low Moor, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill, Doncaster and London Kings Cross
  • Grand Central Railway Company Limited also operates North East services between Sunderland, Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk, York and London Kings Cross
  • Grand Central has been ranked as Britain’s best value long distance train operator for the fifth year in a row in the Spring 17 National Rail Passenger Survey. Grand Central was also revealed as Britain’s highest-rated long distance operator in the 2017 Which? Magazine Train Satisfaction Survey with 72% passenger satisfaction score

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