Lament the weekend and appreciate the return of the Jazz next autumn is the advice of Shelbourne Bar publican Philip Gillivan who said he is missing out on his busiest weekend of the year.
Mr Gillivan who has worked 24 Jazz weekends at The Shelbourne Bar, said it is always without fail, his busiest weekend of the year, ahead of Christmas and Paddy’s Day.
The publican also said that year on year, the return is always improving with 2019 bringing in more than 2018 and so on.
“I normally say to my family on Friday morning, ‘OK, I’ll see you Tuesday and that is it,” Mr Gillivan joked about the busy weekend.
The former president of the Cork Business Association also said that the knock-on effect of the cancellation of the Jazz weekend was palpable across the city, from butchers and chefs, supplying food stalls and cooking for jazz patrons to hairdressers and beauticians that would have worked hard ensuring everyone was looking their best.
“The younger generation had really embraced the Jazz these past few years, making sure it was a huge social event and putting in effort to get all dressed up,” Mr Gillivan said.
It is reported the Jazz weekend is worth around €35m to the economy.
Sandra Murphy from The Metropole Hotel, where the festival originated 43 years ago, said that the festival holds huge nostalgia and significance at the hotel every year and they had worked very hard over the past few years to reinvent the Jazz Weekend.
“We always have five music rooms, but in recent times we have changed the themes and rejigged the format and it has proved very popular.”
Ms Murphy said that over the Jazz weekend, thousands of people would be passing through the door of the Metropole enjoying the festival with friends and family.
“Anyone who would have grown up in Cork, would remember the Jazz. It has a unique element in that it is very inclusive. It is not for a specific generation, it is a festival that is genuinely for everyone.
“It shows Cork at its absolute best and it brings business together to work in harmony to create an atmosphere and experience for everyone to enjoy. It is an incredible festival that is sadly missed this year.”