More than 40,000 visitors expected to attend the 2016 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

More than 40,000 musical fanatics are set to sing the blues at this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Kicking off on October 28th, the highly-anticipated annual music festival will celebrate unique jazzy sounds and voices from all over the world throughout the bank holiday weekend.

Ideal for those taking a vacation in Ireland, the Guinness Jazz Festival is the hottest calendar event of the year and many of Cork’s leading venues are set to take part in the celebrations. The majority of events will be free to music-lovers.


More than 40,000 visitors expected to decend on Cork city for the 2016 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

A glittering line-up at the festival will see hundreds of musicians release sleek harmonies and cool beats upon revelers creating an electric atmosphere in Cork. World renowned and class acts will get the crowd going including Grammy-winning producer and pianist; Robert Glasper, an acoustic session with Bell X1, the critically acclaimed US pianist Justin Kauflin and Dublin’s finest purveyors of Rock ‘n’ Roll; The Riptide Movement. Several UK and fantastic Cork bands such as Bellevillehotclub, The Committed, Groove Collective and Ben Waters Boogie will also be performing during the festival. Renowned as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe the festival is set to feature in more than 60 pubs, theatres, clubs, venues and hotels in Cork.

Extending the experience for locals and foreign visitors, The Fringe offers a series of free events for all to enjoy. A ‘Visions of Jazz’ photographic exhibition will be showcased from the end of October at Cork Airport with stunning snaps from throughout the festival’s 38 year history. Beat on the Street will see some of Europe’s best marching bands take to Cork City centre over the weekend, providing fun for all the family. While for those who appreciate a great find and all things vintage, a jazz record and CD fair will take place at Unitarian Church on Prince’s Street from 11am until 6pm daily.

For those looking to immerse themselves in jazz culture, the Cork School of Music will be hosting a Jazz Camp featuring a special series of workshops and master-classes. Open to everyone, the chilled sessions also boast free admission.

Founded in 1978 by Jim Mountjoy, the festival is Ireland’s premier jazz event, attracting a legion of followers and growing from strength to strength each year, with Guinness collaborating to become the weekend’s official sponsor during the 1980s.

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