Cork Jazz Festival to become Ireland’s first major festival in 18 months
New York hip-hop legend Mos Def will headline the 43rd Guinness Cork Jazz, which will become Ireland’s first major festival in over 18 months due to Covid-19.
It is hoped that the successful staging of Cork Jazz will pave the way for the return of other major Irish music and cultural events after the pandemic ends.
The festival, worth € 45m for Cork’s entire economy, was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Founded in 1978, Cork Jazz is one of Ireland’s oldest annual music events.
The event, which runs October 22-25, will feature stars such as Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Matthew Halsall, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Mick Flannery, Susan O’Neill, Mack Fleetwood, DJ Jenny Greene, King Kong Company and Kit Downes.
Diageo’s Director of Partnerships Rory Sheridan said it was very exciting to see the return of Cork Jazz.
“Ireland is teeming with some of the most talented and creative musicians, artists and performers, but for the past 18 months they haven’t had a stage, pub, venue or stadium,” he said. .
“We all missed the buzz of the crowd and the beat of the drum, so we are delighted to host the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival once again, providing a platform for musicians to perform and welcoming thousands of people to Cork for enjoy the festival atmosphere that we have all been looking forward to returning.
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“This will be the first major festival in Ireland since the pandemic to take place, which is a milestone not only for musicians and the events industry which has been one of the hardest hit industries, but also for festival-goers who were expecting some good news. “
Tickets are now on sale for all major festival events.
Cork Jazz President Fiona Collins said the events associated with the festival would also be a major draw.
“One of the highlights for many will be the Fringe Festival, which will see the return of some of the best bands including the New York Brass and Hyde Park, as well as more familiar local bands such as Rebel Brass bringing music to the bands. streets of Cork. . “
The Jazz Festival Club at the Metropole Hotel will welcome fans of Swing, Funk, Groove, Blues and Dixieland for an exciting mix of Irish and international acts on several stages of the hotel.
A special musical journey brings the city to life with sights and sounds spanning over 60 different sites in Cork.
Blarney and Kinsale will also host major musical events over the holiday weekend.
The Jazz Festival has traditionally been one of Cork’s most important tourist events, both extending the local tourist season until the end of October and attracting 50,000 music fans from around the world each year.
Over the years, the festival has featured a galaxy of greats in jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Cleo Laine, Art Blakey, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Torme, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, BB King, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton , Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea and many more.