Diageos Lagavulin to sponsor Islay jazz fest

Diageo's Lagavulin to sponsor Islay jazz fest

Diageo has said that its Lagavulin Scotch whisky will sponsor this year's jazz festival on the brand's native Islay.

This year's event, to take place from 17-19 September, will be named the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival.

A Diageo spokesperson told just-drinks that the annual festival attracts more than 300 visitors and has "a major economic impact on the island's hospitality industry, second only to the Islay Festival of Malts & Music in the spring".

Diageo's Scotch knowledge and heritage manager, Nick Morgan, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to sponsor this world-class festival, which brings so many discerning jazz lovers to venues throughout Islay."

The festival was previously sponsored by Burn Stewart Distillers' Black Bottle brand, a blend of Islay malts.