A RECORD number of bands will perform at this year's Grampians Jazz Festival.
Organiser Peter Milburn said 152 acts were booked for the annual event in Halls Gap, which will run from February 8 to 10.
"It seems to get bigger every year. I keep saying I can't squeeze any more in, but each year there seems to be a few more," he said.
"It's going to be just as good, if not better than ever each year is usually better than the previous one."
Mr Milburn said the festival would include a variety of jazz styles, including Dixieland or traditional jazz, mainstream and modern.
"There are a number of sub-categories within that. There really is something for everyone," he said.
Mr Milburn said he was expecting about 3500 people to attend the festival, now in its 27th year. He said events would kick off on the Friday at 5pm.
"We're starting earlier this year, which shifts everything forward an hour," he said.
He said Saturday morning's street parade was always a highlight.
"All the musos walk up the street, playing their instruments and people dress up in costumes and walk behind them," he said.
"When we get to the end we play about half a dozen songs."
Mr Milburn said Saturday's session would run between 11am and 11pm.
Bands would play at 10 venues throughout Halls Gap.
He said Sunday's festivities would begin with a jazz gospel service starting at 9am.
Sunday's program would be from 10.30am until 6pm.
Mr Milburn said online registrations had closed, but people could buy tickets from Halls Gap Centenary Hall at the start of the festival.
He said registration would be on the Thursday between 2pm and 4pm and on the Friday from noon onwards.
"People can buy badges for the whole weekend or tickets for individual sessions," he said.
He said badges cost $55 for adults and $7 for children and single session tickets cost $25 for adults and $5 for children.
He said more information was available at grampiansjazzfestival.com.au.