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20th Oct 2015

The Guinness Jazz Festival will take place from 22nd – 26th October 2015. Tens of thousands of people will descend on Cork city from all over the world to enjoy the popular Jazz festival featuring over 400 music sessions in over 60 pubs, theatres, clubs and hotels venues in Cork city. This year’s line-up includes an eclectic mix of artists including The Coronas, Gary Numan, The Drifters, The Darius Brubeck Quartet and Marcus Miller.

These are the best places to go, things to see and the food to eat while at the Guinness Jazz Festival in Cork this weekend.


Saturday, 24th October
Cork Opera House
8pm The Coronas
11:30pm Booka Brass Band & Guests

The Everyman
8:00 pm Marcus Miller Afrodeezia & Peter King / Urban Jazz

Triskel Christchurch
1.15pm RTE Contempo Quartet
8pm Yannatou Guy, Turrisi & Umbra

TDC Space, Triskel
5pm Plugged Sessions

CIT Cork School of Music
1pm Cork Jazz Camp’s
Guitar Gathering*

Everyman Theatre Bar
2pm Singers Open Mic

Metropole Festival Club
2:45pm Jazz Gospel Choir
3pm Tony Clayton-Lea Q&A
Join the Jazz Parade
2pm Assemble at Cork City Library, Grand Parade finishing in Opera House Plaza

Sunday, 25th October
Cork Opera House
8pm Gary Numan

The Everyman
8pm Stacey Kent & Darius Brubeck Quartet

Triskel Christchurch
2.30 pm Peter Bernstein & Phil Ware
8pm Gogo Penguin & 3G – The Guilfoyles

TDC Space, Triskel
5pm Plugged Sessions
10pm Optimo & Stranger DJs

Everyman Theatre Bar
2pm Singers Open Mic

Metropole Festival Club
2:45pm Jazz Gospel Choir
3pm Tony Clayton Lea Q&A

Cyprus Avenue
2pm Rock & Groove Workshop

3 Places to eat
Filter on Georges Quay is funky, unclich’d, and offers killer coffee, served in multifarious styles depending on how you feel. It’s laid back, it’s tiny, it has mega carrot cake from Diva Bakery and nice croissants to go with your coffee.?Filter 19 George’s Quay, Cork

Rocket Man, ?A stone’s throw from the English Market, this fresh food shop at 38 Princes Street, which does dozens of seasonally-adjusted takes on salads was founded by Jack Crotty, aka Rocketman who is Ballymaloe trained.?Rocket Man, 38 Princes Street, Cork

Liberty Grill, Serving brunch, lunch and dinner using locally sourced ingredients to prepare dishes with mostly New England influences. Head along to Liberty Grill for a hearty (or healthy) breakfast, a catch-up over morning coffee, a celebration with family and friends, or that special dinner date.?Liberty Grill, Washington Street, Cork

3 Things to do

Go Shopping
Mother Jones Flea Market is a market in the heart of Cork City Centre. Based in unique Thompson House on York Street, just off McCurtain Street the market houses vintage clothing, furniture, books, jewels, records, fabulous funky household items and local creative crafts. The market includes local food from the cafe.

Visit Cork City Gaol
One of the most memorable Cork tourist attractions. Visit the magnificent castle-like building that once housed 19th-century prisoners! The best time to visit the gaol would be Sunday 25th at 4 pm where you can catch The Art Crimes Band perform as part of the Jazz Fringe Festival. This show will also see the group officially launch their debut album entitled ?Radio?. A festival favourite – not to be missed.

*Go to a Guitar Gathering
Guitar Gathering is a series of special workshops under the direction of top jazz guitarist Hugh Buckley. Listen, look and learn as four major guitarists show you the tricks, licks and contexts that make the guitar such an iconic instrument. With sessions open to all and free of charge, it’s going to be guitar heaven for fans attending the Festival.

1.00pm Jazz Guitar Workshop with Hugh Buckley
2.15pm Flamenco Guitar Workshop with John Walsh
3.30pm Electric Guitar Workshop with Jimmy Smyth
4.30pm Blue Guitar Workshop Ben Prevo

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