Cork Jazz Festival

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joelennon joelennon
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May 27, 2007
The Cork Jazz Festival is held every October, and sees a huge influx of tourists visit the city, said to be in the range of 40,000. Most of these are from other parts of Ireland or are from the UK, but people do travel from around the world for it, as it is highly regarded as one of the greatest jazz festivals in the world.

Because of its popularity, the weekend is usually known in Cork as "The Jazz Weekend", and although many people keen on the music turn up to support the touring artists, it is also seen as one of Cork's largest social festivals each year. To most, this means that the jazz weekend is a great weekend to go on the piss, hence pubs and clubs are usually jammed to the door, and many places charge admission to capitalise on this. While this makes for a great atmosphere, it can be quite difficult to get to the bar, and if you're claustraphobic you will definitely need to avoid this!

If you're visiting Cork during this weekend (usually the last weekend of October), you'll need to arrange your accommodation well in advance! Hotels and B&Bs in Cork City are always full during the Jazz weekend, and some may find it difficult to get accommodation even on the outskirts of the city!

The festival usually attracts the finest Jazz artists around and in the past has featured esteemed artists such as: Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter and Sonny Rollins. This year's line up is rumoured to include Jeanie Bryson, Jazz Kamikaze and the Gary Burton-Richard Galliano Quartet.
Poster for a previous Cork Jazz Fe…
Kramerdude says:
If there's a best way to experience jazz, it's live, and a good jazz festival is always the way the go...
Posted on: May 27, 2007
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