Herbie Hancock leads the 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

The team behind the Melbourne International Jazz Festival have nabbed none other than modern master Herbie Hancock as the headline act for their biggest festival ever.

This June will see the jazz meastro head down under, playing two shows over the course of the Melbourne International Jazz Fest. Hancock leads Melbourne’s 10-day celebration of music and culture, which is set to feature over 350 domestic and international emerging and established artists.

International jazz maverick Herbie Hancock leads the biggest ever Melbourne International Jazz Festival lineup, which this year expecting to see over 40,000 people take to the streets and venues of the city.

We are excited to make this early announcement and extremely honoured that Herbie Hancock is returning to Melbourne to close the festival,” Melbourne International Jazz Festival Artistic Director Michael Tortoni said in a press statement.

“Our festival program will continue to offer a diversity of experiences that will showcase many outstanding Australian and international artists.”

The festival, which takes place at concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs and throughout the streets of the city, is expected to see jazz fans from Australia and abroad celebrate the diverse range of arts and culture that Melbourne so generously offers.

This year marks the twenty-first annual Melbourne International Jazz Festival, which saw its first event take place back in 1998. Since its humble beginnings, the event has taken place at several different times throughout the year and now typically sees more than 40,000 people attend.

The first run of featured artists is due for release this month, with the full program set to drop in March.