There was a post-recession razzmatazz amongst the revellers who enjoyed last night’s kick-off of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

The organisers expect more than 40,000 jazz lovers from all over the world to descend on the city this bank holiday weekend to enjoy 400 music sessions in over 60 pubs, theatres, clubs and hotels.

Renowned as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe, it continues to grow bigger and better year-on-year with this year’s lineup including an eclectic mix of artists like The Coronas, Gary Numan, The Drifters, The Darius Brubeck Quartet and Marcus Miller.

Large crowds gathered last night at The Metropole Hotel, where the festival kicked off with a tremendous amount of noise and colour.

“The atmosphere and excitement surrounding the 2015 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is palpable, as soon as you arrive in the city. Guinness is delighted to continue its support of the festival, which has become a key cultural event in the Irish music calendar. It’s great to see so many people from Cork, Ireland and indeed around the world come out to experience and enjoy such a fantastic weekend,” Oliver Loomes, country director for Diageo, said. The pubs across the city will play an important role in the festival, with a top-notch lineup planned for the Guinness Music Xtra Trail.

Saxophonist Dirk Proost of the OhNo Jazzband performing on Patrick’s St, Cork.
Saxophonist Dirk Proost of the OhNo Jazzband performing on Patrick’s St, Cork.

Acts including The Pearly Whites, The Busquitos, Divine Intervention, Blues Brothers Banned and The Jabronis will play in pubs throughout the city over the weekend.

Back by popular demand, the Jazz Fringe will feature free attractions all over the city including a food market, open air jam sessions and street bands.

Over the weekend, four of Europe’s top street bands will perform on the main thoroughfares including the Lamarotte Jazz Band and OhNo Jazz from Holland, 38 Tonnes from France and New York Brass Band from Britain.

For the budding enthusiasts, the Cork School of Music will play host to Jazz Camp during the festival featuring workshops and master classes presented by many of the festival’s stars.

Korean American jazz sax star Grace Kelly performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.
Korean American jazz sax star Grace Kelly performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Now in its 37th year, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has attracted some of the biggest names in jazz to the city over the years, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.

For full festival details can be had at www.guinnessjazzfestival.com.

Meanwhile, local jazz fans travelling to this weekend’s festival can avail of several Bus Éireann late night services from the city centre to major suburbs and beyond.

Nightrider buses will run from the city to Carrigaline, Douglas, Ballincollig, Bishopstown, Glanmire, Glounthaune, Carrigtwohill and Midleton.

The services will operate from Cork city centre locations tonight and tomorrow departing at 1am, 2am and 3am.

See www.buseireann.ie


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