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Cork Prepares For 45th Guinness Jazz Festival

By Robert McHugh
Cork Prepares For 45th Guinness Jazz Festival

New acts have been announced for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival line-up over the October bank holiday weekend (Thursday 26th October to Monday 30th October 2023).

At the programme launch of the festival at Cyprus Avenue Cork this week, festival director Mark Murphy confirmed that The Pharcyde, Mr. Scruff and Vieux Farka Touré will join other acts announced earlier this summer including Macy Gray, Corinne Bailey Rae, Morcheeba, Matthew Halsall, Gilles Peterson, Kurt Elling, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Fred Wesley & The New JBs, Adam Ben Ezra and more.

Extra Date

The weekend of performances features international jazz artists, local talent and five days of entertainment.

Celebrating its 45th year, the festival will host over 1000 musicians and have more ticketed shows than ever before.

There will be an extra date (starting Thursday) and an extended music trail in 73 pubs, theatres, clubs and hotel venues across the city, Douglas and Kinsale.


Record Breaker

The 2022 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival broke all records attracting over 100,000 visitors to Cork City for the weekend and this year is aiming to be bigger.

Tickets for the second wave of acts announced will go on sale this coming Friday, 25th August.

For the latest news and updates, including line-up announcements, fringe events, the music trail and more, see or follow the festival on @GuinnessCorkJazz. The festival is supported by Diageo, Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork Airport.

'Immersive Experience'

"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,” said Mark Murphy, festival director.

"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."