Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2016

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival / Image Source : Google

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival / Image Source : Google


Genre : Jazz
Location : Cork City, Ireland
Dates : October 28 – 31, 2016
Camping: No
Website : Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

About the festival

The 38th edition of Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland’s biggest and longest established jazz event, will take place from 28th – 31st October 2016. This annual music festival has taken place in Cork City, Ireland every year since 1978. The festival attracts hundreds of musicians and thousands of music fans to the city for a feast of jazz of all kinds. It’s a lively and sociable event, held together mostly with local involvement in its organisation but it also offers a great fringe with lots of events – jazz and otherwise – taking place at pubs and other locations across the city.
Famous jazz stars and educators coming to Cork deliver workshops and put up guest appearances free of charge – all part of the special Cork Guinness Jazz Festival experience.

Over 40,000 people are expected to descend on Cork City this year, for the bank holiday weekend to enjoy the popular Jazz festival. Festival programme this year will feature about 1,000 musicians from over 20 countries, an extensive fringe programme and live music trails.

The breadth and variety of this festival is absolutely stunning, with events taking place in more than 60 venues around the city – theatres, concert halls, pubs, clubs and even the streets of Cork. Many of the events are free of entrance charges. Cork Jazz Festival has something for everyone, and even if you are not a Jazz aficionado you are sure to enjoy yourself.



2016 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Lineup

Widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s premier Jazz festivals, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has previously attracted some of the biggest names in jazz to Cork. This year, American jazz pianist Justin Kauflin will open the festival in a powerful double bill with contemporary jazz star Jacob Collier, at The Everyman on Friday 28th October. Other top names headlining at the festival include Grammy Award winner, Robert Glasper, top American jazz vibist Jason Marsalis, Sheryl Bailey, The Hot Club of Cowtown and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

An eclectic  series of concerts will be opened at Cork Opera House by the Irish pop rock band Picture This and will be followed by an array of top attractions including Mexican superstars Rodrigo y Gabriela, hit makers BellX1, Cork soul sensation Brian Deady, and folk legend Loudon Wainwright III.  This year’s attractions include a myriad of events including the Jazz Fringe, which will feature free acts all over the city including Big Band Jazz, Jazz on the Plaza and Street Bands.

NY Brass Band at Cork Jazz Festival

NY Brass Band at Cork Jazz Festival

Music spilling on the street

Some of Europe’s best marching bands will form a part of the ever popular parade making its way through the streets of Cork City on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

This year’s entertainment will be provided by:

OhnO Jazzband (Netherlands)
New York Brassband (UK)
Mayday Jazzband (Netherlands)
Bare Brass Band,(UK)
Lamarotte (Netherlands)
La Ripaille (Frnce)

More music and events

Music fans can also look out for dozens of bands entertaining the Festival-goers in over 60 pubs, clubs and hotels citywide – from mid-day to midnight on the all-star Guinness Music Trail. Over 95% of the sessions are free of charge to attend and some of the top names performing include Ben Waters Boogie Band, Interskalactic, the New York Brass Band, Holland’s Oriental Jazz Band, Jack L, Riptide Movement, Cathy Davey and Rob Strong.

For the budding enthusiasts, the state of the art Cork School of Music will play host to Jazz Camp during the festival, featuring numerous free of charge workshops and master classes, presented by many of the stars of the festival.

List of major performances and venue 

  Day Performer Time Venue
1. 28/10/2016 Picture This 19:00 Cork Opera House
2. 28/10/2016 Jacob Collier with Justin Kauflin

(Double bill)

20:00 The Everyman
3. 28/10/2016 Corey Harris 20:00 Coughlans Bar
4. 28/10/2016 Cathy Davey 20:00 Live At ST. Lukes.
5. 29/10/2016 Bell XI 19:00 Cork Opera House
6. 29/10/2016 Booka Brass 23:30 Cork Opera House
7. 29/10/2016 Robert Glasper Experiment   with James Taylor  (Double bill) 20:00 The Everyman
8. 29/10/2016 Sheryl Bailey Quartet with Sup Trio+Strings(Double bill) 20:00 Triskel Christchurch
9. 29/10/2016 Sinnerboy 20:00 Live At The Hanover
10. 30/10/2016 Rodrigo y Gabriela 19:00 Cork Opera House
11. 30/10/2016 Brian Deady 23:30 Cork Opera House
12. 30/10/2016 The Eleventh House with Kurt Rosenwinkel(Double bill) 20:00 The Everyman
13. 30/10/2016 Dick Oatts Allstars with Jason Marsalis vibes Quartet(Double bill) 14:30 The Everyman
14. 30/10/2016 Hot Club of Cowtown 14:30 Triskel Christchurch
15. 30/10/2016 Beata Hlavenkova with Lila Ammons(Double bill) 20:00 Triskel Christchurch
16. 30/10/2016 Sinnerboy 20:00 Live At The Hanover
17. 31/10/2016 Loudon Wainwright III 20:00 Cork Opera House
18. 31/10/2016 Jack L- The King Of Soho Show 19:30 Cyprus avenue

For full festival details and to purchase tickets for the 2016 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival log onto official website of Cork Jazz Festival.

How to reach Cork City

Cork can be reached by air, train, bus or ferry.
Cork city center is located 8 km from the airport and can be  reached easily by taxi.

Irish Rail provides rail services from Dublin to Cork and the journey takes around 3 hr either-way.

Direct non-stop bus services to and from Dublin City Center and Dublin Airport take around 3 hours by Motorway and can be much cheaper than traveling by train.


The city has a handful of hotels from budget, mid-range to luxury, catering to needs of all walks of people.  Approved B&Bs are also availabel for visitors who love the relaxed ‘home from home’ comforts.

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