Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: What’s On

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival returns to Cork city this year from 22 to 25 October.

Here are some of the acts you can look forward to seeing this October bank holiday weekend:

Friday 22 October

MåsExödus ft. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Guests
Everyman Theatre, 5:45pm – 8pm

€30 plus booking fees

ChoiceCuts’ Mark Murphy and musical director Max Zaska explore modern contemporary jazz sounds. The pair will be accompanied by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and special guests throughout the night. They will showcase material from their album written during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

Matthew Halsall
Everyman Theatre, 9:45pm

€25 plus booking fees

Composer, trumpeter, producer and DJ Matthew Halsall showcases songs from his 2020 album Salute to the Sun. Joined by a hand-picked ensemble featuring some of Manchester’s finest young jazz musicians, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Matthew Halsall photographed by Emily Dennison

Paul Dunlea and Cormac McCarthy
Triskel Arts Centre, 8pm

€25/€23.50

Trombonist Paul Dunlea and pianist Cormac McCarthy join forces for a night of original jazz compositions.

Saturday 23 October

Mack Fleetwood
Cork Opera House, 7pm

€22.50 plus booking fees

Europe’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute act return to the stage in this performance at the Cork Opera House.

Masexodus ft. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Guests
Everyman Theatre, 5:45pm – 8pm

€30 plus booking fees

The X Collective
Everyman Theatre, 9:45pm

€20 plus booking fees

A new group of international RnB, Soul and Hip Hop Allstars fronted by Zapho and Emily Shaw under the umbrella of Oíche Events.

The X Collective

Sunday 24 October

Black Rockin’ Beats Live with Today FM’s Dec Pierce
Cork Opera House, 7pm

€22.50 plus booking fees

A DJ set hosted by Today FM’s Dec Pierce, featuring live performances from tribal drummers who will join him on stage. This performance takes inspiration from The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers and Faithless, all of which will be featured on the playlist throughout the night.

King Kong Company and Special Guests
Cork Opera House, 11:30pm

€25 plus booking fees

King Kong Company formed in Waterford in 2011. After a decade filled with sold-out Irish shows and appearances at all of the country’s favourite festival, they bring their setlist of boisterous dance tracks to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival this year.

King Kong Company

Kit Downes’ Dream Life of Debris
Triskel Arts Centre, 8pm

€25/€23.50

An unmissable opportunity to hear Kit Downes’ highly anticipated and critically acclaimed album Dreamlife of Debris in concert, in association with Music Network.

Xenia Pestova Bennett and Ed Bennett: Gold. Berg. Werk.
Triskel Arts Centre, 2:30pm
€20/€18

Xenia Pestova Bennett (piano) and Ed Bennett (live electronics) perform a radical reinterpretation of Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations.

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Highlights 2019
Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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