All that Jazz (And Lots More!) as the City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival Swings into Gear


Ireland’s OTHER jazz festival kicks off this weekend.

Jazz, swing, big band, rockabilly and all points in between are represented at this year’s City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival.

Now in its 22nd year, the Derry Jazz Festival rivals the Cork Jazz Festival in popularity and sheer scale.

This year’s programme is staggering in its size – featuring A LOT of acts playing across nearly 70 venues across the city. Highlights include Luke Thomas & the Swing Cats, The Jiveolholics and The Red Stripe Band, but the full array of international and local acts is mild-melting. See for yourself at And, that’s not even mentioning the dance workshops and musical masterclasses on offer. Five days just won’t be enough!

What: City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival

Where: Derry (various venues)

When: April 27-May 1


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