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Cork Jazz Festival -A weekend of musical passion

Cork Jazz Festival -A weekend of musical passion

Music unites people and awakens spirits – and the Cork Jazz Festival does just this! Since its founding, by Jim Mountjoy in 1978, the Cork Jazz festival has captivated music lovers from Ireland and the world alike. The festival is Ireland’s biggest jazz event and each year over 40,000 people visit the city from across the world. Love music? Read on to find out what’s happening this year:


The Jazz festival is a world renowned, exciting musical event in the beautiful city of Cork and is not to be missed. Here’s the low-down on what’s going on at the festival this year…

This year, from Friday 25th to Monday 28th October, Cork will be host to 1000s of different styles of jazz musicians bringing a diverse range of music to visitors from all over the world. The festival has, in previous years, been blessed with the internationally notorious musical stylings of Ella Fitzgerald and Dave Brubeck! This year is no exception with the wealth of talent that is on offer. Check out their website for the full break down of all the artists at the festival.

But it’s not just big names and concerts! There is so much on offer over the weekend. The Cork Jazz Festival proudly hosts a Fringe Festival as part of the weekend every year. The Fringe brings together workshops, lecturers, participation, vocal coaching and open mic sessions for people to come and get involved, learn and enjoy all the different aspects of jazz. Not to mention the Jazz Camp for young musicians to develop their talents with like-minded individuals.


The weekend is set to be electric with music, passion and soul. All ranges of musicians and events will take place across the weekend with the added bonus of free street jazz throughout Cork to keep the whole city alive with music.

Want to get in on the jazzy action? Go Bus runs a service from Dublin to Cork which makes it easy to come and visit. Whilst in Ireland, stay in one of our centrally located hostels in Cork. Missed out this year? Not to worry, plan ahead and BOOK NOW for the 2014 season. Need inspiration for more to see and do? Check out our website’s Things To Do in Cork section for ideas.


Blog post by Anna Walton

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