Are you going ‘Jazzing’ this year…?
Ireland’s biggest Jazz Festival, the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, takes place this year between 22nd and 26th October 2015. The Festival has been running since 1978 and in that time has attracted more than 1 million visitors to the city. This year, over 40,000 people are expected to fill the city’s bars, restaurants, cafés, galleries, hotels and guesthouses, all in search of that ‘Cork Jazz’ experience.
With more than 1000 musicians from 30 countries performing in over 80 venues, this year’s festival is sure to be vibrant, energetic and dynamic. In the past, well-known musicians and singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie and Herbie Hancock have played at this festival on the River Lee. This year, a carefully selected mix of musicians will see the 80 venues at bursting point as they fill our ears and hearts with an eclectic variety of music. While Jazz music is the main focus of the festival, there is a selection of different types of artists that will satisfy everyone’s musical taste buds.
Acts this year include Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow, Stacey Kent, Bob Geldof & the Boomtown Rats, The Drifters, Peter King & Urban Jazz, Booka Brass and The Coronas to name but a few. A full list is available on www.guinnessjazzfestival.com
If it is your first time at the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, The Metropole Hotel comes highly recommended as the perfect place to get your first taste of what it’s all about. The epicentre of the Jazz Festival (and where it all started), The Metropole opens several rooms for the weekend, each one featuring a different band or type of music.
Several other events are taking place across the city such as free workshops and masterclasses in the state-of-the-art Cork School of Music, Rock and Groove Workshops, Family Jazz Concerts and Singers Open Mic Sessions.
If you don’t have time to go to one of the venues, you won’t miss the music as even the streets of Cork fill with music for the weekend. A special outdoor stage will be set up in the Opera House Plaza and four street bands are set to play on the streets of the city over the weekend. While swaying to the music you can grab a coffee and a bite at the outdoor food market on Emmett Place. Or jump on the free Jazz Bus Tour and take in the sights to the sound of a top European marching band! With so many free and reasonably priced musical events taking place, there is no excuse not to get out there and go ‘jazzing’!
So get out there and enjoy it!!!!
2014 Jazz session at CEC.