Cork Jazz Festival to spark live entertainment sector recovery after Covid-19 hit

The 43rd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is in full swing as Ireland’s first indoor music event kicks off since the Covid-19 pandemic hit 20 months ago.

he three-day event – ​​estimated to be worth €45m to Cork’s economy – has been hailed as a pioneer in the recovery of Ireland’s live entertainment industry.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney supported the festival while urging people to strictly adhere to all Covid-19 control guidelines.

All jazz venues will impose strict checks on vaccination certificates and photographic ID, while capacity will be reduced to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Former Cork and Blackpool GP Mayor Councilor John Sheehan has urged festival-goers to enjoy themselves while adhering to Covid-19 guidelines.

“The message is that people are having fun while being safe and careful given the current level of daily Covid-19 detections.”

Cork hotels and restaurants reported strong booking levels for the weekend.

This year’s jazz program will feature headliners such as New York hip-hop legend Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) and punk ensemble Naked Animals.

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The program will also feature stars such as Matthew Halsall, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Mick Flannery, Susan O’Neill, Mack Fleetwood, DJ Jenny Greene, King Kong Company and Kit Downes.

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Hip hop legend Mos Def is one of the headliners. Photo: Reuters

Hip hop legend Mos Def is one of the headliners. Photo: Reuters

The jazz route will once again be one of the highlights of the festival’s programme.

Diageo director of partnerships Rory Sheridan said it was very exciting to see the return of the festival, which was founded in 1978.

“We all missed the buzz of the crowd and the beat of the drum, so we are delighted to once again host the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, providing a platform for musicians to perform and welcoming thousands of people to Cork to enjoying the festival atmosphere that we were all looking forward to coming back to”.

“This will be the first major festival in Ireland since the pandemic, 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. waiting for some good news.”

Cork Jazz chairman Fiona Collins said events associated with the festival will also be a major attraction.

“One of the highlights for many will be the Fringe Festival which will see some of the best brass bands return, including the New York Brass and Hyde Park, as well as more familiar local bands such as Rebel Brass bringing music to the 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 in the hotel.

Blarney and Kinsale will also host major music events over the weekend.

Over the years Cork Jazz has featured a galaxy of jazz greats 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 a host of other big international names.

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