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Council votes to cut jazz handout
Jazz band in Brecon street
Outdoor parade - the festival has called time on street music
Council chiefs have cut a grant it awards to Brecon Jazz Festival after organisers reduced policing costs by scrapping music in the streets.

Powys Council's board decided on Tuesday to donate 7,000 to the event instead of the usual 11,000.

The festival announced two weeks ago that there would be no street music at this August's weekend event, making a saving of more than 20,000.

Organisers said they were expecting the council to reduce the grant.

A festival spokesman said: "There are changes to the street music this year and the grant reflects that.

"We were hoping for 11,000, but were expecting 7,000."

We hoped for 11,000, but were expecting it to be 7,000
Brecon Jazz Festival spokesman

Street music was to have cost Brecon Jazz 49,305, but marching and busking bands will perform at nearby Watton Field instead, lowering costs to 28,240.

Earlier this month, festival organisers said there had been concerns about drunkenness in the streets and they wanted to make the event safer.

Dyfed-Powys Police had also warned that a bill for extra town centre officers this year would double to 20,000.

This summer, Brecon Jazz Festival will pay its respects to the hurricane-hit city of New Orleans.

The programme will include music in tribute to the jazz city, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Stars confirmed for 11-13 August include veteran pianist Stan Tracey, Courtney Pine, Chico Freeman and Benny Golson.

More than 70,000 people are expected in the Powys town for the 23rd annual event.


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