Macy Gray, Corienne Bailey Rae, Morcheeba, Matthew Halsall and Grammy award winning Kurt Elling are among the headline acts to perform at this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival over the October bank holiday weekend (Thursday 26th October to Monday 30th October 2023). Tickets go on sale this Friday, 7th July, at 10:00am on www.guinnesscorkjazz.com.
Celebrating its 45th year, the world-renowned festival will see its biggest programme yet, with more ticketed shows than ever before, an extra date added, an extended music trail through the city, and a stellar line-up of Irish and international musicians and emerging talent who are pushing the boundaries of the genre. Add to that pop-up events, late night parties, boat trips, collaborations and brass bands marching through the city streets, and you can see why it’s one of Ireland’s most popular festivals.
The hugely successful 2022 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival smashed all records attracting over 100,000 visitors to Cork City and this year promises to be bigger and better.
Some of the headline acts for the highly anticipated weekend have just been announced. Expected to sell-out quickly is R&B/soul singer and actress Macy Gray, who will headline at the Cork Opera House on Thursday 26th October. It promises to be a fantastic night with a very special repertoire of classic hits from the 1970s and some showstoppers from her new album The Reset.
Fresh from a busy summer of headlining major music and jazz festivals all over Europe this summer, Morcheeba will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1st album with a gig in Cork Opera House. The same venue will play host to Grammy Award winner Corrine Bailey Rae on Sunday 29th Oct. She’ll be showcasing her new album which is due out this September just weeks before the festival. Fellow Grammy winner Kurt Elling, renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, will play The Everyman Theatre on Friday 27th October.
Also at the Cork Opera House over the weekend are the incredible family band Hypnotic Brass Ensemble regarded as the greatest brass band of them all who will showcase classics of Hip Hop over 50 years. Grab your tickets early for these as they are a sell-out every year.
A venue favourite, Live at St Lukes will be back this year, with a great lineup of intimate gigs to be announced in the coming weeks.
Jazz purists will be impressed by the line-up at the Everyman, Triskel and the Greenroom at Cork Opera House. Trumpeter, producer and composer Matthew Halsall, who is redefining spiritual jazz for the next generation will play The Everyman on Fri 27th Oct while Fred Wesley, former band leader of James Brown will play the iconic theatre on Sunday 29th.
Cyprus Avenue will once again play host to the Jazz After Dark DJ Sessions. World renowned broadcaster & DJ, Gilles Peterson, who’s played a pivotal role in supporting forward-thinking underground music globally and beyond over the past three decades will take to the decks at the Cork venue.
This year will also see headline acts once again at Cork City Hall, curated by Tom Keating, featuring Djs Jenny Greene, Mack Fleetwood, Tony Hadley and more to be announced.
After its resounding success last year, the Cork Jazz Boat will also return for 5 different jazz tours and performances along the harbour.
Festival goers can expect a diverse range of musical styles, including traditional jazz, swing, bebop, fusion, and everything in between, ensuring there is something to suit every taste.
More acts will be announced in the coming months. See guinnesscorkjazz.com or follow the festival on @GuinnessCorkJazz.
Rory Sheridan, Head of Partnerships at Diageo Ireland said: “Our aim is to continue to raise the profile of the event nationally and internationally, building on the phenomenal success of 2022, which drove in excess of 100,000 people into the city over the weekend. We expect the Festival will once again attract jazz enthusiasts and festival fans from far and near. With its rich heritage and thriving jazz scene, Cork is the perfect location for this electrifying event that is cherished by locals and visitors alike.”
Commenting on the programme, Festival Director Mark Murphy said, “This year, we’re bringing in bigger acts, we have more venues and more ticketed shows at each venue. We’re also extending the Guinness music trail throughout Cork City’s vibrant venues, bars and restaurants, which provides a platform for local artists and an immersive experience for festival-goers.”
The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and longest running events on the Irish music calendar. Last year, the festival hosted over 1000 musicians and world class jazz greats from more than 20 countries, and a Guinness Music Trail in over 72 pubs, theatres, clubs and hotel venues across the city, Douglas and Kinsale.
There’s also always a Big Fringe of mainly free music that sees international and local Big Brass Bands perform around the city, organised by the local Cork Jazz festival committee.
And the Metropole Hotel, the original home of Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, will once again host the Metropole Festival Club with an extended programme of show stopping performances.
Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals and Events, Fáilte Ireland said “Festivals and events are a key element of the tourism offering in Ireland, and Fáilte Ireland is pleased to support this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which will showcase the very best of Irish arts, heritage and culture to domestic and international visitors. Developing unique and immersive visitor experiences like the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival plays an important role in the recovery of the tourism sector for the county and the wider Ireland’s Ancient East region. Festivals like the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival create new and compelling reasons for visitors to explore Ireland and experience first-hand our world-famous arts and culture. They have the ability to drive footfall for local businesses, which in turn generates revenue and supports jobs in communities and revenue generation.”
Kevin Herlihy, President of the Cork Business Association said, “We in Cork are incredibly proud of the tradition of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival weekend. The festival gives a huge economic boost to Cork City and I’ve never seen anything like the footfall and positivity in 2022. It’s not just about the music; it’s a celebration of Cork’s culture, hospitality, and our renowned culinary scene. Visitors can expect to indulge in delicious festival menus and unique events over the weekend.”
Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday, 7th July. Attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets early to save disappointment, with some headline acts expected to sell out quickly. For the latest news and updates, including line-up announcements, fringe events, the music trail and more, see guinnesscorkjazz.com or follow the festival on @GuinnessCorkJazz.